Updated May 22, 2017
box (16 oz.) Betty Crocker™ Cake Mix Pound
packet powdered whipped topping mix
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
cup water, room temperature
cans (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Decorating Cupcake Icing
oz pink modeling chocolate or fondant
oz white modeling chocolate or fondant
oz black modeling chocolate or fondant
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray both halves of a sports ball baking pan with baking spray.
Combine pound cake mix, powdered whipped topping mix, butter, eggs, egg white and water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on low for 30 seconds, then beat on medium for 2 minutes.
Divide batter equally between both pans. Bake for 45-55 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool for 10 minutes, then remove them from the pans. Allow them to cool completely.
While cakes are cooling, roll out pink modeling chocolate to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut a large heart, about 7 inches wide, to place under the cake to form the warm fuzzy's feet. Cut a cake board into a heart shape that is just a bit smaller to set under the pink heart.
Re-roll the modeling chocolate to 1/2 inch thick, and cut two 1-inch hearts to use as the top of the warm fuzzy's antennae. Cut a paper straw into two 3 1/2 inch long pieces. Flatten one end of each and insert into the small hearts. Reshape hearts as needed, so they stick to the straw.
Roll out the white and black modeling chocolate to about 1/16-inch thickness. Cut two 2-inch white circles and two 1 1/2-inch black circles. Attach one black circle to each white circle using a small dab of water. Set modeling chocolate pieces aside to dry.
Once cakes are cool, place them back in the pans and trim any cake that sticks out above the top edge.
Remove cakes from pans and cut a tiny bit off the bottom of one cake, so it sits flat.
Cut a 2 1/2-inch round by 2 1/2-inch deep well in the center of the bottom cake. Cut a 2 1/2-inch round by 1-inch deep well in the top cake.
Turn the bottom cake over. Begin piping red icing fur in a circular pattern about 2 inches from the center. To make the fur, attach the star tip to a can of red cupcake icing, hold the can just above the cake, and press down on the dispenser, allowing a small amount of frosting to come out, then quit pressing and pull up and away, creating a spike of frosting.
Create 5 rows of spikes then turn the cake right side up and set it towards the back of the large pink modeling chocolate heart. Continue piping on spikes of red frosting until you cover the entire bottom of the cake.
Fill the well in the bottom cake with candy hearts.
Pipe a 1-inch border of red frosting around the top edge of the bottom cake, then set the other cake half on top. Continue piping on spikes of red frosting until you cover the entire top half of the cake.
Insert the two antennae into the cake and add the eyes.
More About This Recipe
- This piñata style cake will make your loved ones feel all warm and fuzzy inside.When a friend or family member says or does something that warms your heart, you've been given a warm fuzzy. Most often, you simply feel good inside, but sometimes the warm fuzzy will actually be real – in the form of a pom pom of yarn with big feet, googly eyes, and antennae. These kind of warm fuzzies are sometimes given to loved ones to show how much you care – plus, they're darn cute!For Valentine's Day, instead of giving away balls of yarn, why not share a sweet candy-filled cake with your loved ones? I bet anyone that receives this adorable cake will feel warm and fuzzy inside!
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Piñata Cake recipe – how to make a piñata cake
Have a birthday party coming up? Surprise your guests when you cut into the birthday cake and colorful candy spills out just like a piñata. It’s Piñata cake time!
I’m often asked why I do not want to open up a bakery in my area. Everyone compliments my baked goods and I have been asked lots of times to sell them, but it all just does not sound appealing to me. The thought that I have to bake the same cookies, cupcakes or brownies almost every day does not put a smile on my face.
I’d rather dirty up my kitchen, day after day, trying out new fun recipes and sharing them with you.
And speaking of fun, making this Piñata cake was the FUNNEST!
A buttery cake layered with a thick cream cheese frosting dotted with M&M’s baking bits and filled with more M&M’s for a double birthday surprise.
Let the celebration begin!
With my birthday coming up in just a couple of weeks I’ve been on the lookout for the best birthday cake for a while now. Yes, I’m that girl who makes her own birthday party. Yes, it’s nice my husbands drives all the way into town to get me a small cake from the local bakery, but a cake baked in my own kitchen with my little 5 year old sous-chef by my side will always taste better.
And this Piñata cake is was a breeze to make. If you’ve made a layer cake before (and even if you haven’t) this is totally something you can handle. Make sure you have all the ingredients on hand, read and re-read all the directions on how to assemble the cake and you’re in good hands!
The cake is as important as the candy inside.
The cake needs to be a sturdy one. Since it’s a layer cake and I do have the habit of adding quite a bit of frosting in between later, you want your cake to be able to handle the weight. A super soft cake with collapse by the time you place the 3rd layer on top. A dry cake has no place in my kitchen, or anyone’s kitchen!
This cake has a tender crumb, it’s full of flavor and the addition of Greek yogurt keeps it moist for days. (and it was a struggle to keep it for that long!)! The leftover cake kept calling my name! Shall I mention now this is probably the easier recipe for cake? There’s no need to cream the sugar and the butter, alternate the flour with the milk. No! Add all the ingredients for the cake in a bowl and whisk until combined! Easy-peasy!
Once you baked your cake and it’s cooled completely, it’s time to assemble it!
Out of a thin cardboard or a thicker piece of paper, make a cylinder, about 3-4 inch in diameter. Cut a whole into one of the cake layers to fit the cylinder.
Place one of the cake layers on a serving platter. Position the cylinder in the center and spread frosting round it.
Fill the cylinder with M&M’S.
I love M&M’S! The are so colorful, just perfect to fill the inside of a piñata cake! You can use regular size M&M’S, baking bits, or even a combo of different flavors and textures. M&M’S Milk Chocolate, M&M’S Peanut Butter, M&M’S Pretzel, M&M’S baking bits and so many more!
Carefully, place the 2nd cake layer over the frosting. The layer with the center cut out. Spread more frosting over it.
Gently, wiggle the cylinder out making sure the candy stays inside the cake.
Finish the cake with the 3rd cake layer and frost the entire cake.
I made a very short video of the assembly steps, hope that helps out.
Again, do not worry, making a piñata cake is not as intimidating as it may sound!
Do you love M&M’S? Which ones are your favorite?
If you’re looking for more ideas using M&M’S in your recipes, follow along the newly launched Pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/mmschocolate/ for daily inspiration!
Have a birthday party coming up? Surprise your guests when you cut into the birthday cake and colorful candy spills out just like a piñata. It’s Piñata cake time!
Cool Gender Reveal Cakes
Whether you want to surprise your family with a fun cake cutting or you want to take a bite and surprise yourself too, here are 50 gender reveal cakes that you can create right at home and make that magical moment happen.
1. Sweet On You
“Pink or Blue, We’re Sweet On You,” this cake is perfect for a gender reveal party with friends and family. Check out all the details at Craftsy.
2. Blue Velvet
If you know you’re having a little boy, you’ll want to check out this beautiful, rich blue velvet cake! The recipe can be found at Add A Pinch.
3. M&M Filled
Betty Crocker filled up a cake with confetti, or well, M&Ms. You can buy all blue or all pink to make this surprise extra special.
4. Baked Right In
Check out how I Am Baker baked the grand surprise right into every delicious slice. Whether boy or girl, you can surprise everyone with his or her scrumptious silhouette.
5. All Ombre
Here’s another recipe that doesn’t matter whether it’s blue or pink, ombre works no matter what! Style Me Pretty will take you through all the necessary steps.
6. Covered in Sprinkles
Ashley Brooke Designs when sprinkle crazy with her gender reveal design. The blue or pink surprise is inside but it’s the outside that has us all warm and fuzzy.
7. Question Mark
Over at Wilton, learn how to make this fun and festive cake! Top it off with a question mark and have everyone waiting with anticipation.
8. Hearts Inside
These little cupcakes have blue or pink hearts baked right inside your bite. Check it out at Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
9. Cake Pops
Instead of cutting into the cake, put the surprise on a stick and pass it around to all of your guests! Learn how to make some gender reveal cake pops at Craftsy.
10. Dipped Oreos
You could always dip your Oreos right into the surprise. Sprinkles for Breakfast give us all the details behind this easy bite.
11. Cookie Dough
Sweet Sugarbelle made gender reveal cookies that will certainly surprise you. You can’t even tell that there’s something hidden in these ones!
12. Hearted Bundt
Try a bundt cake for your gender reveal celebration. You can bake the surprise right inside the rings with this one too with a little help from Momdot.
13. Triple Chocolate
Bake Love Give made a triple chocolate gender reveal cake that we’re drooling over. And we’re loving the giraffe detailing too.
14. Bumble “Bee”
“What Will It Bee” makes for quite the adorable and charming gender reveal party theme, don’t you think? Top off your cake with the essential and bake your favorite! (via)
15. Pretty Piñata
Here’s another piñata cake concept that turned out oh so pretty! Check out the recipe and instructions over at Sweet & Savory.
16. Royal Crown
Showcase that surprise with some royal style. Bite into something a bit prince or princess-like with help from Tablespoon.
17. Classic Layers
Martha Stewart teaches us how to make a classic layer cake that will do its job revealing the exciting surprise. Just visit and follow along with the details.
18. Pink Rainbow
Call Me Cupcake made a pink rainbow cake that we’re swooning for. If you’re having a baby girl, this is definitely the recipe you’ll want to take a look at!
19. Traditional Vanilla
If you want something that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds, here’s a classic vanilla cake recipe that will do the trick. Add your surprise and call it a day like A Sweeter Thing.
20. Easy Marble
Cook Craft Love makes an easy marble gender reveal cake that we’re absolutely swooning over. Take the hop over now and check out the recipe.
21. Oh Baby
Check out this Oh Baby design from JoAnn. We love its simplicity and one-layer surprise inside.
22. Simple Cupcakes
Here’s another simple gender reveal recipe and this time it’s in the form of cupcakes. The Baking Fairy has all the direction you need to make these cuties happen.
23. A Present
Two Chicks From the Sticks whipped up this gender reveal present cake! It’s literally a surprise!
24. Chocolate Dipped
Chelsea’s Messy Apron made delicious, chocolate-dipped cupcakes that will tell the gender too! Check out all the fun and surprising details after the jump.
25. Cookie Pops
You can even make gender reveal cookie pops for everyone to indulge in! Tastes of Lizzy T will teach you.
26. Ombre Ruffle
Combine ombre colors and ruffle texture with this design from Making It With Danielle. You can do blue or pink here too!
27. Tiny Surprise
With these tiny cupcakes – filled with blue or pink M&M’s – you’ll get a tiny surprise that packs quite the punch. Snag the recipe at Like Mother, Like Daughter.
28. Modern Looks
You can always go with a clean, modern design as well. Just make sure your surprise is inside because that’s what really matters here. (via)
29. Cake Balls
Take it off the stick and leave it as a ball! Wine & Glue show us how to make our gender reveal a bite for everyone!
30. Pink Velvet
If you’re having a little girl, go with a straight up pink velvet cake. You can catch the recipe at I Am Baker.
31. Jolly Rancher
You’ll need some Jolly Rancher chews to make this one happen. But thanks to Hershey’s Kitchen we’ve got another unique and delicious cupcake recipe up our sleeves.
32. Bright Pastels
This bright pastel gender reveal cake from Adventuress is just so darn pretty! Learn how to make the Swiss meringue after the jump.
33. Gluten Free
If you need something gluten free, we’ve got you covered. You’ll just need to visit Delicious By Dre and learn how to whip this beauty up.
34. Vegan Carrot
If you want a flavor that’s a bit unique for this type of celebration, visit Better Raw. You’ll learn how to make the reveal with carrots!
35. Another Vanilla
And Baked Perfection has another classic vanilla cake to take a look at. This is a great recipe for a smaller celebration and something more at-home in nature.
36. Gooey Sprinkles
These gooey sprinkles cookies from Goodie Godmother could be a fun addition to the party! Taste your chances after the jump!
Learn how to turn your buttercream into a magical watercolor style with help from Ashlee Marie. Follow the video and start practicing!
38. Smell the Roses
Check out this rose cake and gather even more unique ideas with its style and flavoring! It’s quite the bright surprise! (via)
Here’s another blue velvet cake to celebrate your little guy with. This time it includes some blueberries too! (via)
40. Champagne Pink
It is a celebration after all. Instead of toasting with a glass, just bite into this pink champagne cake from Liv for Cake as your official cheers.
A funfetti cake is always a great way to celebrate! Just switch out the icing depending your little one’s gender and snag the recipe at What the Fork.
42. Blue Ombre
Check out this blue ombre cake – with blueberries – over at Miss Blueberry Muffin. It’s the perfect way to tell everyone of the little man in your tummy!
43. Pink Almond
Here’s another pink cake that could be great for your baby girl’s big reveal. Betty Crocker teaches us how to turn this one out.
44. Fudge Cookies
Easybaked shows us how to bake our surprise right into some indulgent fudge cookies. Take a look at the recipe now!
45. Twinkle Twinkle
Have a grander theme behind your gender reveal party and have that surround the cake too. Gather inspiration from this “Twinkle Twinkle” cake from I Wash, You Dry.
46. Black & White
If you’re already good with fondant, this inspiration from Cake Central may be right up your alley. Go with a modern look like this black and white beauty!
47. Cake Gems
Serve up some cake gems with the gender hidden inside. The Cake Blog will teach you how to make them both yummy and pretty too!
48. With Scallops
We love the design behind this scalloped gender reveal cake. Visit Gluten Free With LB for all the directions and ingredients.
49. Confetti Cookies
Craftstorming whipped up some cookies and filled them up with a confetti mystery. Check out all the bake-worthy details after the jump.
50. Little Debbie
Oh Sweet Day recreated everyone’s favorite Little Debbie cupcakes and filled them with blue or pink cream. These are easier than you may think to make so grab the details now before your big reveal!
51. Present Gender Reveal Cake
A new baby is the most precious gift of all. Pay tribute to the blessing of a new son or daughter with a present-inspired gender reveal cake design. Parents.com has the details.
52. Pink and Blue Ombre Pattern Cake
An ombre pattern of pink and blue frosting is a subtle choice for your gender reveal cake. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Cakes & Bakes.
53. He or She? Cake
A simple chocolate cake decorated with sprinkles and a colorful inside layer is sure to be a hit at your baby shower. Photo via Justine Johnson Photography.
54. Baby Bottom Cake
Frosting roses and a fondant baby bottom make this cake an adorable addition to your gender reveal celebration. Photo via Half Baked.
55. Baseballs or Bows?
Another example of a layered gender reveal cake, this design from Peggy Does Cake highlights baseballs and bows as the selected boy/girl theme.
56. Touchdowns or Tutus?
If you need a fairly large cake for your gender reveal party, try a layered cake with coordinating boy/girl themes. This touchdowns or tutus design is from But a Dream Cakes.
57. Question Mark Gender Reveal Cake
Question mark candles and colorful frosting dots are a quick and easy way to prepare a gender reveal cake for your celebration. Image via Jat Your Service.
58. Rubber Ducky Gender Reveal Cake
Rubber ducky baby showers are a popular gender-neutral option. Make a gender reveal cake with the “Waddle it be?” saying on the outside. This beautiful dessert is from Rainy Cakes.
59. Dr. Seuss Inspired Gender Reveal Cake
This spectacular gender reveal cake is the perfect choice for the mom-to-be who grew up loving Dr. Seuss stories and can’t wait to start reading her favorite books to her new baby. A Sweet Passion has the details.
60. Baby Shoe Gender Reveal Cake
Baby shoe decorations make for a sweet gender reveal cake design that works with a wide range of shower themes. Photo via Pinterest.
61. Owl Gender Reveal Cake
Guess whoo? Pink or blue? Whimsical owls decorate cute gender reveal cake from Trinity’s Desserts.
62. Gender Reveal Cake for Twins
Use two layers of cake that are tinted different colors to make a gender reveal cake for twins. Photo courtesy of Instagram.
63. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Cake
Craftsy has a roundup of clever themed gender reveal cakes, including this design that’s perfect for a nursery rhyme themed baby shower.
Finally, a sophisticated birthday cake for the grownups in the room, or anyone else who loves dark chocolate and red wine.
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