Our job includes a lot of research, which often turns up surprising things.
One of this is piñata cake, a concept that originated in the U.K. and is also popular in Australia.
We also found it in Germany, called surprise cake.
You don’t hit a piñata cake with a stick. It’s when you cut into the cake that the treasures (candy) spill out.
The treasures are theme candies that fill a “secret” center well in the cake. The well is cut after the layers are baked, so you can place anything in the well without fear of melting.
(If you’re in the chips, silver dollars would be nice!)
The uncut top layer then goes on top of the well layers, and the whole cake is frosted.
A four-layer cake is recommended to have enough room for lots of candy to tumble out.
You can make them in any occasion. We’re keeping a recipe for a Valentine’s Day: a red velvet cake in red and pink layers, filled with Valentine candy.
“We can’t stress enough just how easy these cakes are,” says The Whoot in Australia. “Everyone will think you must have gone to so much effort.
“It has a very festive look and you can make it in colors to suit any theme.”
The only caveats are:
A 2015 article in London’s The Daily Mail says that “Asda kicked off the trend last year with their Smartie pinata cake and Lakeland [a manufacturer] soon followed, selling all the paraphernalia needed to create ‘surprise’ cake.”
Asda is a supermarket chain in the U.K., that first created the cake for sale in its stores.
After the success of the cake, Asda printed the recipe on its lifestyle website.
The first cookbook with a piñata cake recipe seems to be Cakeology by Juliet Sear, published in 2015.
She notes that piñata cakes had become popular in the past year, i.e., 2014.
For a holiday in which the Easter Bunny brings baskets full of surprises, piñata cake this makes a great holiday cake.
Carrot cake, the favorite of the Easter Bunny, is both theme-appropriate and dense.
If you have the frosting skills, you can you can make a basket weave frosting, turning the “piñata” into an Easter basket filled with Easter treats.
Of course, piñata cake works for any holiday, any occasion, any theme colors. The decorations on top can be as simple or ornate as you wish.
Ask someone else to cut the cake, and be the first to see the surprise.
Some of the many ways to create a piñata cake. Links to the recipes are below.
Here are the recipes in the photos:
*The recipe is in German and uses Dr. Oetker baking products. We present the photo as a guideline for the most elegant piñata cake we found. You can cut and paste the recipe into Google Translate if you want a translation.
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