Happy Birthday to my Husband, Cam! We normally celebrate Cam’s birthday along with several others at a cottage (check out previous birthday cakes here) over the May long weekend, but this year we were at home. I made a cake inspired by his favorite candy – Nerds.
But this wasn’t a regular cake. This was a pinata cake! Filled with his favorite candy. What a surprise when he cut into it!
So how did I do it?
Step 1 – Baking and Cutting the Cake
- Bake a regular cake. I chose Red Velvet, one of Cam’s favorites. Any size will do, but it needs to be tall enough to be able to fill, while still having actual cake to eat. I baked three small round cakes, but only used some of it.
- Use a sharp knife (or cake leveler) to level the first cake for the bottom layer.
- Cut a thick slice from your second cake – this will be the top of your cake.
- Level a third cake layer, and use a knife to cut out a circle in the center, being careful to leave a large edge, a minimum of 3 cm around the outside.
- Ice the top of the bottom layer and place the hollowed out piece on top. It will look like this:
- Fill the hole with the candy of your choice. Of course, I used nerds. Be careful in choosing your filling, it needs to be small enough to easily cut through. Once filled, it will look like this:
- Ice the top of the second layer, and add the third layer of cake to top the cake.
Step 3 – Decorate the Cake!
You can decorate the cake however you wish. I used a rainbow of colors to match the nerds. To do that:
- Make a batch of icing (I used cream cheese icing) and divide it by the number of colors you want to make. In my case, I had 5 bowls – white, blue, orange, pink, and yellow.
- Use any of the icing to crumb coat the cake. This means spreading a thin layer over the tops and sides of the cake (I used the white for this).
- Wrap approximately 1/3 of a cup of each icing colour in saran wrap (like a sausage, they should be long and thin) and twist the ends of the saran wrap tightly. Tie one end of the saran wrap in a knot.
- Gather all your saran wrapped colors together and cut the non-tied ends of the saran wrap before carefully dropping them into a decorating / piping bag.
- Use the piping tip of your choice to decorate the cake. I used a star tip and made overlapping circles around the whole cake. I then topped it with more Nerds!
|The finished cake!|
|The messy (but fun!) half-eaten cake|