I pray you all had a lovely Easter! We have been on Spring Break, so I took a short hiatus from blogging to spend the time with my short people!
This installment of TTR is kind of a recipe AND a tip. A few weeks ago, I read this fantasic post from Victoria over at A Subtle Revelry. When I saw this "piñata" cake, I knew it would be perfect for my son's birthday party!
Now, Victoria has great photos and great tips, so check her post out for lots of details. Or just read mine and hope for the best (kidding!).
I started with two boxes of vanilla cake mix. Since I only have one glass bowl for baking, I baked each cake seperately. I mixed the cake per the instruction, poured the batter into the glass bowl (which I lined with parchment paper on the bottom and sprayed the sides of the bowl), and baked the cake for 55 minutes. I let the cake cool for 10 minutes, and then I transfered it to a cooling rack, where I let it cool overnight. Then I repeated the same steps for the second cake!
The next morning, I cut the tops off of my cakes to make them flat.
Then I scooped out some of the inside of each cake, being careful not to get too close to the edge or too close to the bottom. I saved the inside pieces of cake for cake pops! Then I filled the bottom cake with candy.
Next, I frosted the edge of the bottom cake (using a jar of whipped, buttercream frosting) so that I could "glue" the cakes together.
Once the cakes were together, my daughter helped me frost and sprinkle the cake. **Worthy of note: When I carved out the "top" cake, I went a touch too deep, and I could feel that the top was very thin. I had to be careful when frosting so as not to puncture the top. I succeeded, but the cake did collapse a bit once we cut into it.
My short people watched/helped me make this cake, so they knew what was coming. We, however, did not tell any of our short guests what was inside, so their faces where priceless when we cut into the cake! Unfortunately, I do not have pics of that, and I barely have pics of the inside, because it is hard to serve cake and ice cream and take pics! No worries, though. It was a fun time, and I am SURE we will be making this again!
I feel like I should note that while this was super fun to make and surprise the kids with, most kids just kind of picked at it and went for the cake pops instead! I don't blame them--I wasn't even tempted to try this! I got a sugar high just from putting it together! ;)
This was such a fun and easy spin on a birthday cake. If you try this, send me a picture and I will but a post together with YOUR cakes!
Enjoy the Son!