Facebook Pixel

February 25, 2011

Recipe: Pinata Birthday Cake

I saw this recipe for a Pinata Birthday cake on the Australian version of Better Homes and Gardens. It’s for a children’s birthday cake, but it was also perfect for my sweet-tooth father. I was a bit short of time and didn’t make the cake. I purchased a sponge cake and filled it with strawberry jam and whipped cream. Before I did this, I cut a hole in the middle of the sponges to create a ring cake.

If I were making the cake from scratch I’d use a ring tin and make a chocolate, banana or carrot cake.

For a child’s birthday cake, purchase some of their favorite candy and fill the hole in the middle of your cake with these. You could ice the cake first or not–depending upon your child’s likes or dislikes.


My father likes dried fruit so I filled the cake centre with dried slices of apple, papaya, crystalized ginger, dried strawberries and banana.

For the next step you need a bowl that will fit over comfortably over the cake. Line the bowl with tin foil. Melt some chocolate–I used both dark and milk chocolate. The quantity you require will depend on the size of your bowl. Brush the chocolate over the inside of the bowl. Once complete, place in fridge to harden for five minutes. Add a second layer of chocolate to the inside of the bowl and chill again. Once the chocolate is set, remove the chocolate shell from the bowl and place over the top of the cake. Peel off the tin foil to reveal the chocolate shell. Decorate the top with icing writing or candy. I used fruit jubes.


To serve: arm the birthday person with a wooden spoon and get them to bash/hit the chocolate shell to reveal the treasure cake beneath.


My father didn’t really understand what to do, but you can see the small hole he’s made in the chocolate cover.



  1. Mary Kirkland

    That’s so cool! I’ve never seen anything like that before. I will have to try this one, I think the kids would probably love breaking this thing apart.

  2. Jenyfer Matthews

    LOL – give this to a child and you better have a back-up cake to eat!! :lol:

  3. Shelley Munro

    I hope you get a chance to make this cake. It’s very cool.

  4. Savannah Chase

    Ohhhh those look so yummy…so so yummy

  5. Heather

    What a cool idea for a cake!

  6. Kitchen cabinets

    This is so cool! I’ve never seen anything like before. I want to try this, I think that kids are likely to break this love is worldly possessions.