When I asked Miss Soon-to-be-2 what she wanted for her birthday, she asked for a cake. More than once. So, I set out to make her a cake that would be fun. Mum had seen a pinata cake made on TV, which sounded perfect for my smash-happy toddler. I sat down to research it and found that many people had issues with the cake not working. After trawling the internet for solutions, I finally had a plan of how to make my cake. And surprisingly, it actually worked, so here I am to share the process with you!
With a few photos added as well, of course!
First I started with a basic cake, made pretty low and wide. I allowed it to cool, then iced with white chocolate. I built a wall around the edge with chocolate pieces broken from a Smartie-filled block, then drizzled white chocolate over that, then topped with peanut m&ms. The idea was to create a wall to hold the lollies in.
After waiting for the chocolate to set, I placed a pile of lollies on top of the cake.
Next, I had to make the dome to go over the top. I took a large metal bowl that sat nicely over the cake and greased it lightly with olive oil. Make sure there are no thick patches of oil, as this will come off onto the chocolate. I put the oiled bowl into the freezer for about an hour.
I used two packets of white chocolate melts, and melted them down over a saucepan of steaming water. Once fully melted, I took the bowl out of the freezer and poured the melted chocolate inside. I then swished the chocolate around until the interior of the bowl was covered, and popped it back in the freezer. For an hour.
The next part was the scary bit – would the chocolate come out of the bowl? I had read mixed reports, so was worried, and had my husband preparing some warm teatowls to aid the process. However, when I flipped the bowl and sat it over the cake, the chocolate just slid out of its own accord. Yay!
All that remained was to decorate. To hide the messy edge at the bottom, I stuck unmelted chocolate melts on with melted chocolate. Then my big idea was to dye the white chocolate with food colour and paint on the cake with it. But adding the food dye made the melted chocolate all gluggy, even while sitting over steam. I used it anyway …
The not-so-perfect writing was painted on with dark chocolate and the little faires added to the top for fun.
Then we used a cupcake to hold the candles.
And finally the big finale – smashing the cake wide open. The birthday girl was surprisingly reluctant to to smash the cake at all and needed big sister and dad to help.Â Once they saw the result though, its been the talk of our house ever since!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the story and good luck if you decide to make your own – the kids will love it!
Side note: The chocolate as icing on the inner cake was not a great idea, as it was impossible to cut! I made a second cake for her the next day (had people over to celebrate) and used pre-made white icing instead (dyed pink) and that was much better while still being dry enough to sit the lollies on.