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This delicious Holiday Present Piñata Cake not only looks beautiful, but it has a tasty M&M surprise in the middle, too!

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Holiday Present Piñata Cake Recipe and Tutorial

Holiday baking is a big deal in our house. Every year, starting around the last week of November and lasting until the first of the year, you can pretty much count on the oven being on and the warm, sweet smell of baking treats permeating the air. And this year is no different! I’ve decided to start off the holiday baking with a fun Holiday Present Piñata Cake that has an M&M’s® surprise in the middle!

This delicious Holiday Present Pinata Cake is fun to look at and it has a tasty M&M's surprise in the middle

Ready to see how to make this fun-filled Holiday Present Piñata Cake?

Keep in mind this is going to be a BIG cake, but that makes it perfect for those holiday gatherings! And don’t think you can’t do it, because you can! This was the first time I’d ever made a piñata cake, but I think it came out pretty darn good! It was actually a lot easier than I thought, too. It’s not much different from making a regular layered cake, except you cut out a square in the two middle layers to make room for the candy.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's surprise inside ingredients at walmart

Before getting started you’ll need to head to the store to pick up a few ingredients. I was able to find everything I needed at Walmart including Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix, Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting, M&M’s® Holiday Milk Chocolate, M&M’s® White Peppermint, and Great Value Milk – after all, cake always tastes better with a tall glass of cold milk! I found the candy in the seasonal aisle, the cake mix and icing on a holiday baking display on the main middle aisle, and the milk in the refrigerated dairy section. 

Here’s What You’ll Need to Make the Holiday Present Piñata Cake 

  • 4 boxes Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix
  • 2.5 Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix boxes
  • 1 bag M&M’s® White Peppermint candies
  • 2 bags M&M’s® Holiday Milk Chocolate
  • Green fondant for the ribbon
  • Square cake board or other flat serving tray.

Here’s What To Do to Make the Holiday Present Piñata Cake 

Begin by baking your four cakes in 9″ square cake pans following the instructions on the box.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's Surprise Bake cake according to directions on box

Allow them to cool completely, then flatten each of the cake layers by trimming off rounded tops. Do not worry about trimming the rest of the cake in order to get sharper corners right now.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's Surprise Bake trim tops off cakes to make them flat

Next, cut a square out from the very center of two of the cake layers. You don’t need any special tool to do this. Do you know what I used? A metal spatula. The holes do not have to be perfect either, just make sure both layers have the same size hole. These two cakes will be the two middle layers of the piñata cake.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's Surprise Bake cut a square out from the middle of each of the two layers

Place one layer on a square cake board and frost it lightly. This will be the bottom of the cake. Don’t make the frosting too thick or the layers could slip and slide.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's Surprise frost the very bottom layer with Pillsbury icing

Now place one of the cake layers with a hole on top of that bottom frosted layer. 

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's place first layer with cut out on tiop of bottom solid layer

Lightly frost the top of it…

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's Surprise lightly frost that layer

and then add the next layer with the hole in it (this is the third layer of the piñata cake).

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's place second layer with cut out on top of the first one
Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's Surprise add M&M's to the hole

Once you have that third layer on, and before you frost it, grab the M&M’s® Holiday Milk Chocolate candies…

and fill the hole up to the very top. Like this.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's Surprise fill the hole ot the very top

Once you fill the hole, lightly frost the top of that layer, then add the final layer as the top. Make sure you flip this layer upside down so you have a smooth surface to frost!

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's Surprise Bake add last layer

Now, carefully place the entire cake in the fridge for a couple of hours. This helps a lot when it comes time to cut the cake into a more square-like shape, the cake won’t rip as badly so you will get a nice clean-cut. Once the cake is thoroughly chilled, trim it into shape, using a bread knife.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's slice sides to make sharp corners

Next, apply a crumb layer (a thin layer of frosting that helps give a nice smooth surface to frost) to the top of the cake and all sides.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's give the cake a crumb coat

Be very careful when icing, especially around the corners! As you can see in the pictures I had some trouble with mine, but once I added the final layer of icing, and all of the decorations, you really could not tell.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's give the cake a crumb coat on all sides

Place the cake back in the fridge to chill until the frosting is firm to the touch (about 30 to 45 minutes). Once it is thoroughly chilled, the cake is ready to be iced with a thick second layer of frosting. Try to get the frosting as smooth as you can, but don’t worry about making it perfect.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's not icing the entire cake

Don’t forget to add those festive sprinkles from the Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting!

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's add the sprinkles on top and sides

Make a simple ribbon from green fondant.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's make a fondant ribbon

Grab the package of M&M’s® White Peppermint candies.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's use white peppermint M&M's for bow

Use some for the bow…

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's add Peppermint M&M's for the actual bow

…and then add a line of the candies around the bottom edge of the cake.

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's add Peppermint M&M's around the bottom edge of the cake

And now…you’re done! Doesn’t it look fun, festive and delicious! 

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's surprise inside finished cake

And just wait until you see their faces when you take a sharp knife and cut out a slice to show everyone what’s inside the present!

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's surprise inside when you cut a slice

Now all that’s left to do now is to enjoy! And of course, don’t forget your tall glass of ice-cold milk! 

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's surprise inside cut slice to see surprise inside

Ready to start baking for the holidays in your home? #BakeInTheFun!

Holiday Present Pinata Cake M&M's surprise inside finished cake with milk
Yield: 1 cake

Holiday Present Piñata Cake

Holiday Present Piñata Cake

A deliciously fun piñata cake designed to look like a holiday present! Made with your favorite festive cake mix, icing and M&M's candy. Your guests will love the surprise in the middle!

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 4 boxes Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix boxes
  • Square cake board or other flat serving tray.

Decoration

  • 2.5 Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting
  • 1 bag M&M’s® White Peppermint candies
  • 2 bags M&M’s® Holiday Milk Chocolate
  • Green fondant for the ribbon

Instructions

Cake

  1. Begin by baking your four cakes in 9" square cake pans following the instructions on the box.
  2. Allow them to cool completely, then flatten each of the cake layers by trimming off rounded tops. Do not worry about trimming the rest of the cake in order to get sharper corners right now.
  3. Next, cut a square out from the very center of two of the cake layers. You don't need any special tool to do this. Do you know what I used? A metal spatula. The holes do not have to be perfect either, just make sure both layers have the same size hole. These two cakes will be the two middle layers of the piñata cake.
  4. Place one layer on a square cake board and frost it lightly. This will be the bottom of the cake. Don't make the frosting too thick or the layers could slip and slide.
  5. Now place one of the cake layers with a hole on top of that bottom frosted layer.
  6. Lightly frost the top of it.
  7. Then add the next layer with the hole in it (this is the third layer of the piñata cake).
  8. Once you have that third layer on, and before you frost it, grab the M&M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate candies and fill the hole up to the very top with the candies.
  9. Once you fill the hole, lightly frost the top of that layer, then add the final layer as the top. Make sure you flip this layer upside down so you have a smooth surface to frost!
  10. Now, carefully place the entire cake in the fridge for a couple of hours. This helps a lot when it comes time to cut the cake into a more square-like shape, the cake won’t rip as badly so you will get a nice clean-cut. Once the cake is thoroughly chilled, trim it into shape, using a bread knife.

Frosting and Decorating

  1. Apply a crumb layer (a thin layer of frosting that helps give a nice smooth surface to frost) to the top of the cake and all sides.
  2. Be very careful when icing, especially around the corners! As you can see in the pictures I had some trouble with mine, but once I added the final layer of icing, and all of the decorations, you really could not tell.
  3. Place the cake back in the fridge to chill until the frosting is firm to the touch (about 30 to 45 minutes). Once it is thoroughly chilled, the cake is ready to be iced with a thick second layer of frosting. Try to get the frosting as smooth as you can, but don't worry about making it perfect.
  4. Don't forget to add those festive sprinkles from the Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting!
  5. Make a simple ribbon from green fondant.
  6. Use some M&M’s® White Peppermint candies for the bow.
  7. Then add a line of the candies around the bottom edge of the cake.

Notes

Much of the total time is the time you put the cake in the refrigerator to help it set up properly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 slices

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 673mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 5g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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Heather {Brie Brie Blooms}

Monday 7th of December 2015

I love this! The final image of the cake looks quite complicated but the recipe itself is so easy to follow. I can't wait to make a pinata cake! #client

Alaina Bullock

Monday 7th of December 2015

They really are much easier than they look! I'd love to see it if you make one!

Samantha K

Sunday 6th of December 2015

What a fun idea! This would be great for a holiday party!! (client)

Alaina Bullock

Monday 7th of December 2015

Thanks! It really is perfect for a holiday party, too!

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