piñata piñata

this week saw Mr HPMcQ get one year older and what a day it was!

ronnie and i decided to bake him a cake. we spied a snazzy piñata one on pinterest and thought we would go about making one ourselves.

for the cake it self i was after a chocolate sponge that was not dry, as i’ve not quite found one that i’m totally happy with. i was pointed in the direction of this chocolate fudge cake on the crazy kitchen blog. i modified it slightly to make three sponges for the piñata version.

for the cake we used:
– 263g butter
– 263g dark muscovado sugar
– 225g self-raising flour
– 38g cocoa powder
– 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
– 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 4 1/2 medium eggs
– 150ml greek yoghurt

to make the cake we followed the crazy kitchens directions.

– we beat the butter and the sugar together until mixed well and the it became light    and creamy
– we sifted in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and  gave a little mix in.
– added the eggs & the yoghurt and beat it well for several minutes.
– we then divided the mixture between the 3 tins and popped it in the oven to bake for  25-30 minutes at 170 degrees celsius.

the three spongeswe took a small bowl and cut a circle in the centre of one spongehole in one

to make the buttercream icing we used:

– 110g unsalted butter
– 60ml semi-skimmed milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 500g sfited icing sugar

in a large bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar together until smooth. gradually add the rest of the icing sugar and beat again until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.

on the bottom layer we spooned a circle of buttercream icing and then laid the sponge with the cut out circle on top
hide and seek

next was to pour in all the smarties and m&m’s that we could, spoon another ring of buttercream around the top of the sponge and then the top sponge went on to hide the goodies inside.

secret sweetiesready for the topthe outside of the cake was then smoothered in buttercream icing and sprinkled generoulsy with erm sprinkles?! tah dah! hidden secret


    • April 24, 2014 / 21:41

      everything is awesome, everything is awesome when you bake as a team!

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  2. April 22, 2014 / 20:03

    That is one fantastic cake! Was he surprised when you cut into it? 🙂

    • April 24, 2014 / 21:42

      he was a bit concerned at first as he could hear crunching as he was slicing the first piece!

  3. April 24, 2014 / 06:55

    That looks beautiful! Thanks for the mention & I hope it was as moist as you’d hoped!

    • April 24, 2014 / 21:43

      did you say moist…. it was yummy, thank you for the pointers x

  4. April 24, 2014 / 07:26

    Looks fabulous, and I bet it tasted delicious- chocolate fudge cake is my favourite!

  5. April 24, 2014 / 07:43

    Can I please have the bit of cake that you cut out?

    This looks stunning. I might have to have a try

    • April 24, 2014 / 21:44

      too late i’m afraid rooster and i nibbled on that whilst decorating the rest!

  6. April 24, 2014 / 09:53

    That is the BEST idea EVER! SO doing that for my kids birthdays! THANKYOU! x

  7. April 24, 2014 / 11:30

    Hurrah! A cake I could actually pull off, although I am sure you made it look do easy and mine won’t be so perfect – thanks for the inspiration.

    • April 24, 2014 / 21:48

      i’ not chef penny, it really was quite simples! do it x

  8. April 24, 2014 / 13:30

    Wow! That is gorgeous and looks like it would taste incredible. I have started using cream cheese frosting instead of buttercream and it would be amazing with chocolate cake. Have pinned so I can attempt you domestic goddessery when our next birthday comes around 🙂

  9. April 24, 2014 / 17:28

    Very impressive! Now I need another cake tin the same size as my other two. Or do it in two goes?

    • April 24, 2014 / 21:50

      do it in two goes you don’t need another tin clogging up the cupboard!

  10. April 24, 2014 / 17:59

    Pinata cakes always look amazing and yours is no exception!

    He’s a lucky guy!

  11. April 24, 2014 / 19:03

    Spectacular! What a genius idea and bet it was delicious too

    • April 24, 2014 / 21:52

      fun aren’t they, with my spanish blood i grew up on home made piñatas which we would whack the heck out of, not that i would whack this cake mind!

    • April 24, 2014 / 21:55

      i’ve strapped some to my carrier pigeon it will be with you in the morning just in time for breakfast!

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