Piñata Cake With Surprises Inside!

This Piñata cake is packed with surprises, brightly decorated with multi coloured sponge layers to match and filled with yummy sweets. Kids love them!

I made this one for my 29 year old big kid and she and her friends loved it! Filled with their favourite sweets it’s a great surprise, in my daughter’s case it was Dolly Mixtures, Skittles and M&Ms, but you can use any. It’s more effective if they are out of the packet so that they tumble out of the cake as the first slice is cut!

For this cake I used a basic sponge recipe as gel colours needed to be added to the mixture which would require a good bit of mixing, if you use something like a genoise recipe you will end up beating all the air out.


  • 225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
  • 225g (8oz) Butter, at room temperature
  • 225g (8oz) Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in one bowl, pide into 2 and colour each one differently.
  2. I used Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange and Purple. You can fill two 8″ lined and greased sandwich pans out of each batch so you will need to make 3 batches in total for 6 brightly coloured layers.
  3. Make sure you use bake stable food colour to achieve a bright baked finish, in a gel or paste so it will not alter the consistency of the cake mixture.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°c/ Gas mark 4 for approximately 15-25 minutes.
  5. When cooled cut out the centre of 5 of the cakes and stack using butter cream, fill with you chosen sweets and add the last layer. Thinly coat the outside with butter cream.
  6. Using your food colours from the sponge make 6 different coloured batches of butter cream and with a frill tube pipe from the bottom of the cake to the top and then into the centre, alternating colours as you go.
  7. We got about 30 portions from this cake and they were generous! So you could get more!
  8. If you would prefer to watch how this Piñata cake is made and decorated there will be a video following shortly.
  9. Hope you enjoy making this cake, it’s well worth the effort for the surprised and happy faces!
  10. Let me know how you get on and what you filled yours with?

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