Every child loves pinatas. Just in case you are not familiar with pinatas, these are papier mache “animals” or other figures that are stuffed with candy.
The goal is for children to hit these pinatas, often with a bat or other object. Typically, children take turns hitting the pinata, and the “winner” is the one who breaks the pinata open enough to spill out the candy.
Once the candy spills, a free for all typically ensues as the children all race to pick up as much candy as possible.
If you’d like to bring the fun of a pinata to your child’s birthday party or other event- without all of the chaos and mess, there is a simple solution. Pinata cakes have become popular in recent years, and they’re exactly what they sound like. They are delicious cakes stuffed with candy.
You can make pinata cakes in a variety of ways, but here, we’ll share a couple of simple recipes that any child (or child at heart) is sure to love.
Follow this Easy Recipe for a Massive and Massively Delicious Cake
There are all kinds of recipes for pinata cakes on the internet. They really have surged in popularity in recent years.
One of the simpler recipes, though, that anyone can master is the one that follows. For this one, you’ll want to buy a can of your favorite frosting. Buying the frosting will save you a lot of prep time in the kitchen because then, all you’ll have to do is make the actual cake.
To make the cake, you’ll want to start with these simple ingredients:
Once you have all of the ingredients assembled, it’s time to start baking.
To get started, go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, you can grease your cake pan.
From there, whisk your flour, the salt, and the baking powder in a bowl. Then, add in the butter, and continue whisking or use a beater if you’re having a hard time getting the mixture to soften. Once soft, add sugar, all of the eggs- one at a time is easiest, and your vanilla extract, whisking and stirring as you go.
From there, you are ready to add in your dry ingredients and the buttermilk. Do a little of each, one at a time. Mix together lightly to achieve a velvet consistency. Once done, pour the mixture into your cake pan and bake for about 25 minutes.
When your cake is done and cooled, hollow out the middle, adding candies of your choice. M&Ms and other chocolate candies often work well. Reassemble the cake, frost, and serve. Everyone is sure to love it.
Here is an Even Easier Variation that You Can Try
If you are concerned that hollowing out the above cake will be too difficult- it can be a bit of a process- then you do have a simpler option.
Keep in mind that this “easy way out” will not make a true pinata cake, but it will still serve basically the same purpose, i.e. creating a cake that just so happens to be full of candy.
/chocolate-frosting/To try the easier version, all you have to do is follow the instructions listed above. However, once you get to the “hollowing out” step, skip it. Instead, ice the cake thickly and then stick your desired candies, such as M&Ms onto the cake. This process can take a while, but for many, it’s a whole lot easier than hollowing out and stuffing the cake.
You could also achieve an easier route by baking the cake, slicing it, and then pushing candies in here and there into each slice.
Whether you do the “full out” version or the easy version, the fact remains that everyone will likely appreciate the cake and the thought that went into it.
Great Candy Choices that You Can Try
As mentioned, M&Ms are a very popular candy choice for pinata cakes. That is because they don’t melt too easily, and they go well with anything. However, there are many other candy ingredients that people like using with these cakes.
Your best bet is to try out different options and see what you like best. With that said, though, some “tried and true” choices among many include Skittles, Nerds, Reese’s Pieces, and Sweet Tarts. You can try any of these options or even all of these to create a concoction that is sure to please every type of sweet tooth.