Halloween Pumpkin Piñata Cake
Piñata cakes are a cinch to make, and yet appear so clever and complicated, kids and adults alike will be amazed at your handiwork. Bake one up for a pre-trick-or-treating treat or to carry along to a party, because the only thing better than candy on Halloween is candy that comes tumbling out of a delicious, pumpkin-shaped cake.
What You’ll Need:
- Two boxes of cake mix of your choice (we used Spice Cake and Carrot Food Cake mixes to go with the season)
- Assorted small candies (we used unwrapped Peanut Butter M&Ms and Whoppers, plus a few wrapped options*)
- Two 1.5-quart oven-safe bowls, greased and floured
- Two containers of frosting (we used Whipped Cream Cheese)
- Orange food coloring
- Tube of decorating gel or icing
- Sprinkles or sanding sugar
Bake cakes according to package instructions and cool completely on a wire rack. Place a plate over each cake in turn and flip them over so the cracked sides are facing up (smooth sides should be on the bottom).
With a sharp knife, remove the dome by slicing off the tops of the cakes. Lay one cake with the exposed side up onto a cake plate or stand. Place a few pieces of parchment or wax paper around the bottom to cover the cake stand and to catch icing and crumbs.With a knife, make an outline of a smaller circle within the cake, leaving about 2-3 inches of cake edge. Gently scoop out the inside with a spoon or ice cream scoop, going down a few inches and being careful not to puncture the cake on the sides or bottom. (We recommend setting the scooped pieces aside and eating as a reward for all your hard work.) Repeat with other cake.
Mix white frosting with a few drops of orange food coloring to make orange frosting. Apply frosting to the lip of the cake sitting on the cake stand (this will allow the other cake to adhere when placed on top). Fill the hole with candies, and then carefully place the second cake on top of the candy-filled cake, lining up the edges.
Apply a crumb coat of frosting to the cake and then place cake in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill.
Remove cake from fridge and apply second coat of frosting. Decorate the cake as desired (we used orange sanding sugar).
Add Jack-‘o-lantern eyes, nose, and mouth with icing.
The first cut of cake will reveal the candy surprise inside! NOTE: After the first piece has been removed, the rest of the cake must be cut quickly or it will cave in.
Enjoy your pumpkin piñata cake!
*Too many paper-wrapped candies can make the cake difficult to cut, so be sure to include sparingly.