11 Brilliant Piñata and Surprise Inside Cakes

Imagine cutting open a cake and finding your favourite chocolates or berries tumbling out - or polka dots - or even a giraffe

Check out these completely brilliant cakes - all with a hidden surprise…

Piñata Cake with Chocolates

[A Subtle Revelry]
[A Subtle Revelry]

Look at this beautiful piñata cake stuffed with goodies. A great idea for a kids’ party - imagine that lot tumbling out when you cut into it. It was created by Athena Plichta and Victoria Hudgins from the website A Subtle Revelry, and the good news is that it’s much easier to make than it looks.

Polka Dot Cake

[Once Upon A Pedestal]
[Once Upon A Pedestal]

Cut into this cake and you’ll see brightly-coloured polkadots. But how is it done? Deborah from Once Upon a Pedestal has written a step by step tutorial on her website. Hint: the polkadots are baked first using a cake pop tin and then baked inside the actual cake. Genius.

Sunset Over Africa Cake

[Cakes And Cookies Cupcake Wrappers]
[Cakes And Cookies Cupcake Wrappers]

This amazing cake was created by Terry Cohen, from South Africa. It has a giraffe and elephant scene inside the cake, which also has a giraffe print in there as well. Terry has also made other cakes like this one, including a spider cake and a snowman cake. To see more designs, visit the gallery on the Cakes and Cookies Cupcake Wrappers Facebook page.

Instagram Cake

[How To Cook That]
[How To Cook That]

Snap a photo of this amazing Instagram cake, featured on the website How To Cook That. It’s made of rainbow-coloured jelly, chocolate and white chocolate mousse, circles of chocolate cake for the lens and a chocolate glaze on the outside.

Berry-Filled Piñata Cake

[Healthfully Ever After]
[Healthfully Ever After]

Want a change from the usual sweets that fill the middle of piñata cakes? Then go for a healthier one filled with berries instead. Carlene, from Healthfully Ever After created this berry-filled piñata cake for exactly that reason - and suggests covering it with vanilla icing - or even whipped cream. Gorgeous.

Zebra-Striped Cake

[Mom's Dish]
[Mom's Dish]

Perfect for a special occasion cake, zebra-striped cakes are actually really easy to make - you just pour alternate spoonfuls of chocolate and vanilla cake mixture into the tin before baking, so you end up with stripes. This one’s from Mom’s Dish.

Lime and Macadamia Piñata Cake

[Claire K Creations]
[Claire K Creations]

Another bowl-shaped piñata cake but this one is flavoured with zesty lime and macadamia nuts. Claire, from Claire K Creations has also decorated it using a four-tone swirly icing - perfect for parties.

Union Jack Cake

[Retro Cafe]
[Retro Cafe]

Cut into this Battenberg cake and you’ll find the Union Jack Flag waiting inside. It was made by Lisa, at Retro Cafe, which is based in Bath. On her blog, she describes it as “rather stressful but worth the effort.” It looks amazing.

Typography Cake

[A Subtle Revelry]
[A Subtle Revelry]

Sweets, berries and bunnies are all very well. But what about when words will only do? Well, cut into this cake and you’ll reveal a secret message baked inside it. It’s another creation by Athena and Victoria at A Subtle Revelry and a brilliant idea it is too.

US Flag Cake


This striking US Flag Cake comes from the blog SugaryWinzy. It was created to mark the Fourth of July celebrations. Check out the tutorial there and you can make your own - the stars give it a real finishing touch and have been piped on afterwards.

Fancy making your own piñata cake? Try this one, with three different-coloured layers inside - as well as the sweets.

Piñata Cake Recipe
Servings: 12
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


·         225g (8 oz) self raising flour
·         1 level teaspoon baking powder
·         225g (8 oz) Stork tub
·         225g (8 oz) caster sugar
·         4 medium eggs
·         1 tablespoon cocoa powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
·         Red paste colouring and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
·         Pink gel food colouring
·         225g (8 oz) icing sugar
·         85g (3 oz) Stork
·         1-2 tablespoons milk
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sweets of your choice
1.       Sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, add the remaining cake ingredients except for last 3 ingredients and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.

2.       Divide mix between 3 bowls and mix in cocoa powder and water to one bowl, red colouring and cocoa to the second and a few drops of pink colouring to the third. Spoon the mixtures into 3 greased and base lined 18cm (7 inch) cake tins.

3.       Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C, 160°C fan oven, Gas 4 for 25-30 minutes or until cooked. Turn out on to a wire tray to cool.

4.       Place all the icing ingredients in a bowl and mix well until smooth.

5.       To create the cavity for the sweets, carefully cut out a round in the centre cake and if you wish the hole to be bigger, carve out slight hollows on the top of one cake and the base of the cake which will be the top.

6.       Place a little icing on the base cake and add the middle cake. Fill the hole with the sweets and then ice the middle layer and finish with the top cake.

7.       Use remaining icing to cover the cake. If wished, add either some food colouring or cocoa powder to a quarter of the icing and place in a icing bag fitted with a star nozzle. Place the coloured icing on one side of the bag and the plain on the rest so that when you pipe, you achieve a 2 tone look.
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