Surprise! It’s a Piñata!

Baking makes me happy. Seeing reactions makes me even happier.  My managers birthday weekend also happened to be Cinco De Mayo I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make the piñata I have been gushing over for weeks! This cake is so simple to make, but is sure to impress the crowds with your skills.


Photo by: Amanda Hilderbrandt

For the ingredients I used 2 boxes of cake mix and 2 store bought tubs of icing. I also bought a bunch of hard candies that my local grocery story hand on sale for a dollar a box.

The bowl in which you bake it in is the most important part of this cake. I searched high and low for a 1.5 quart (qt) bowl. Lucky for me the Corningware Corelle store had Pyrex on sale!

  1. First preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (F)
  2. Prepare 1 box of cake mix as per the directions on the box
  1. Grease the inside of 1.5 qt bowl
  2. Pour the cake mix into bowl
  3. Bake the first cake for 40-45 minutes or until dry on the inside. You can check by placing a skewer or toothpick into the center of the cake. (I found that since my oven is old I had to bake the cake for an extra 10 minutes).
  4. Allow it cool in the bowl and then remove if from bowl upside down and place on cooling racks.
  5. Allow the bowl the cool completely before making the second cake. (To speed up the process I allowed the bowl to cool down and then ran it under cool water to get it back to room temperature).
  6. Repeat steps 1-6
  7. After cake one has cool completely you can flip it right side up and with a sharp, non-serrated knife I cut the dome of the cake off. I followed the edge of where the bowl was.
  8. Next you make a circle in the middle of the cake and scoop out the inside but making sure not to go too deep that you puncture the bottom of the cake. (I used the lid to the icing to get a perfect circle


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11.  Repeat steps 9 and 10 with cake 2

12. Fill up cake one with candy and line the edge of the cake generously with icing


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13. Place cake 2 on top of cake 1 to make a piñata shape

14. Decorate the cake however makes you happy!


Photo by: Amanda Hilderbrandt

I am not claiming this recipe as my own. The original recipe can be found at