Making a pinata cake..

So tonight is the big birthday party to celebrate my oldest son turning 14. He really loves the game Viva Pinata and said this year he wanted a pinata cake. So I thought about it, and was thinking fruit roll ups/or those candy fruit strips cut up to resemble the crepe paper on pinatas. Then I wasn’t sure how it was going to be 3D and stand so I decided to do a search on Flickr to see how other people had made pinata cakes. It was there that I stumbled upon this recipe for a very different kind of pinata cake.

I was telling K (the 14 year old) about the cake I saw and immediately he said “okay yeah I want that cake!” I really like the challenge of it, and that it isn’t just the usual cake. I did a bit of research before making mine to see what kinds of things work best. I think for a smooth finish its good to oil a metal bowl and freeze it before you melt your chocolate. I saw some cakes that used tin foil in plastic bowls, but that seems to have sticking trouble and creates wrinkles in the chocolate.

So here is the cook a cake making sure the circumference of your cake pan in small enough to fit inside of a metal bowl. The cake pan I used was 7 inch I believe. Instead of making layers I made one taller 7 inch cake. Then I frosted it, and decorated the top with toys and candy. Then you oil a metal bowl, and melt down chocolate wafers (the kind you might use to mold your own chocolate) Then you swirl them around inside the bowl until its coated and pretty even. I had to keep putting mine in the freezer, swirl it with a spoon, and then add more chocolate up the side of the bowl since my bowl was pretty tall.

Once your chocolate coated bowl is hardened you turn it over on top of your cake and use a towel dipped in hot water to rub the whole outside of the bowl. This was by far the scariest part. Mine took a good 15 minutes of rubbing until I could lift the bowl off the chocolate dome. Then I keep thinking it could collaspe, but it didn’t :) I put mine back in the freezer for 30 mins just to be sure.

Then I went in a piped some chocolate frosting along the bottom to even out any areas that the dome didn’t quite come down as far as others. Then back in the freezer….then I melted some more chocolate, covered the whole thing with candy, then back in the freezer (no surprise huh?) Now the cake in the the fridge till its time to crack it open.

After you sing/do candles…give the birthday person a toy hammer and have them “crack” the cake open to reveal the real cake topped with toys and candy! I also made cupcakes in the case that the real cake isn’t enough, and I topped the cupcakes with little toys and candy too.

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31 Responses to Making a pinata cake..

  1. Sara says:

    I think that is the most fun a cake could possibly be!

  2. kristen says:

    Amazing Cake!!! Both of my boys have birthday’s next week…they would LOVE that :) Thanks for sharing♥

  3. Persephone says:

    I have said it before, but I will say it again: You are an awesome mom!
    Happy Birthday, K (few days late)!

  4. Lisa says:

    WOW!! That is SOOOOOOOOOOO cool! Obviously we’re gonna want to see photos when they crack the cake!!

  5. Nancy says:

    I love this cake. So creative and cool

  6. Jenn says:

    this is an awesome cake!! what a great idea.

  7. sally says:

    Oh my gosh, that is the coolest cake!!

  8. Cait says:

    Wow, your son and I share a birthday! Happy birthday to us!

  9. alison says:

    can you please adopt me and throw my birthday parties?

  10. susan says:

    that is by far the awesomest cake I have ever seen! I want it so bad!

  11. abby says:

    Right on! This is outstanding. You are incredible.

  12. Breezy says:

    that is BRILLIANT! i love viva pinata so hard.

  13. Renai says:

    This is ridiculous! The best kind of ridiculous! You are so talented… it blows me away!

  14. Ashley Ann says:

    That cake is so cool! My son was looking over my shoulder and has asked me to make one for his next birthday. It looks like so much fun!

  15. Summer says:

    Effort is a big part of birthdays in my opinion. Really, if you spent a ton of money on thoughtless gifts for your son’s birthday, it just wouldn’t be the same as something made with love…nothing can replace that. What an incredible cake!

  16. woah- this cake is amazing! i totally admire your creativity!!!

  17. Nicole says:

    What an amazing cake!!!!

  18. erika says:

    amazing. you are the coolest person ever.

  19. Arianne says:

    Wow, I love it! The whole table looks great!

  20. i can’t even handle how awesome that cake is….uhmazing!

  21. Wow, what a cool idea!! I can see why your son wanted this cake!

  22. Lyn says:

    love love love the cake!
    so awesome :)

  23. lauren says:

    um, and this is why, you are the craftiest bastard. awesome.

  24. shellei says:

    awesome idea- I’ve never even heard of it before- yours looks beautiful. But I really want t know where to found those Pac-man tins- not that my kids are old enough to know anything about PAc man- I just think that they are awesome.

  25. Heather :0) says:

    Heidi it was an awesome cake! I need to still upload my pics I took from last night.

  26. Liz says:

    amazing cake :o also- I was pleasantly surprised to see your katy perry-approved (:P) doughnut plush in this month’s issue of Nylon magazine! I’m such a fan of your work and you inspire me to sit down at my sewing machine and make the cutest plushes I can :3

  27. Debby says:

    Everyone in this house agrees this is the best cake they ever saw…

  28. justJENN says:

    awesome! Now make a chocolate stick to beat it with!

  29. Lauren says:

    you blog never ceases to amaze me. amazing. seriously, this is the most creative, beautiful cake ever. i am so glad that i found your blog a few months back, it brightens my day.

  30. coryy says:

    wow! That is so cool!!!! (direct quote from my hubby!)

    I don’t know how you found a bowl big enough to fit OVER a cake…that must have taken a LOT of chocolate. a LOT. wow.

  31. Alicia says:

    Such a cool idea! Love, love, love this cake.