Saturday, February 8, 2014

Conversation Heart Piñata Cake

Conversation Heart Piñata Cake | HungryHappenings.com

I love surprises, especially those that involve candy. If you show up at my door, unexpectedly with a box of chocolate truffles or even a bag of Twizzlers, I'm gonna be very excited and give you a great big hug.

Candy has been cause for a lot of happiness in my life. Having owned two candy shops, I used to spend my days scooping out candy for customers, and watching the joy it brought them too. 

So, you can only imagine how much fun it is for me to make and serve a piñata cake and watch the reaction of friends and family when candy comes falling out after cutting the first slice.

Piñata Cake recipes

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I've had the pleasure of making several piñata cakes for my gig over at Tablespoon.com but had yet to make one to post here on my own blog. I figured it was about time and decided a conversation heart cake filled with conversation heart candies would be perfect for Valentine's Day.

Conversation Heart Cake | HungryHappenings.com

If you've not made a piñata cake yet, this is a great one to start with. It's pretty easy compared to the other ones I've created. The design is simple, and there is no carving involved. 

My original plan was to bake my cake mix using three heart shaped pans. I'd simply cut a hole in one cake, stack them, fill the hole with candy, and decorate. 

After I made the cake batter, I tore apart my kitchen looking for my heart pans. I have a vague recollection of donating them a few years ago, thinking I may never need them again. That was before blogging!

So, without my heart pans, I had to improvise. I baked a large cake and cut it using heart shaped cookie cutters.  It worked great. I ended up with a very tall cake which may have been a bit more challenging to frost, but in the end, I loved it. Cutting into it was quite dramatic.

Valentine's Day cake recipe

Conversation Heart Piñata Cake

Ingredients:

piñata cake -
1 cake mix and the ingredients listed on package
optional, Wilton Spray and Seal
3-4 cups frosting*
7 ounces Conversation Hearts
pink coloring (or whatever color you want to make your cake)

*I used 1 tube Betty Crocker Icing and 1 1/2 tubs of white frosting that I colored pink. If you use homemade frosting, make enough to cover an 8 inch round layer cake. 

lettering -
red modeling chocolate, fondant or frosting

Supplies:

18 x 13 inch baking pan
non-stick tin foil or parchment paper
5 inch heart cookie cutter
3 inch heart cookie cutter
1 small cardboard cake round
optional: alphabet cutters

Ingredients:

Cake recipe

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Make cake batter. Line baking sheet with non-stick tin foil or parchment paper. Spread cake batter in an even layer in pan. 

Cake hearts

Bake 18-22 minutes, until lightly golden brown. The cake should spring back when you press on it in the center. Allow cake to cool completely.

Lift cake out of pan. Use the 5 inch cookie cutter to cut 6 hearts. Use the smaller cutter to cut the centers out of 4 of those hearts. You will have more cake than you need. Cut more small hearts and frost and decorate them, if desired, or just eat the scraps.

This next step is optional. I sprayed my cake layers with Wilton's Spray and Seal which creates a thin crumb coat. It's great because you can spray the cut out hearts, sealing the cake that will come in contact with the candy. This will prevent the candy from becoming sticky. The moisture from the cake can really effect the candy inside, and this spray is the perfect solution to that problem. 

Heart cake recipe

Cut a small cake board into a heart shape, that is just a bit bigger than your heart cake.

Set one full cake on the cake board. Pipe some icing around the edge of the cakes, then stack them on top of each other. Be sure you don't add too much icing, you don't want it to ooze into the center of the hearts. Frost and stack all 4 of the cut-out cakes.

Pour conversation heart candies into the center of the cake. Pipe frosting around the edge of the top cut-out cake and set the remaining whole cake on top. Use any remaining icing to fill in between the layers around the outside of the cake.

Using a tube of Betty Crocker Icing to do this job was perfect. I used up my entire tube. If you make homemade frosting, I'd suggest doing this step using a piping bag. 

Conversation Heart Cake

Color white frosting using pink coloring, or whatever color you choose. Spread over cake then smooth out.

To get a really smooth cake, I froze mine, then removed it and used a damp paper towel to smooth out the surface of the frosting. 

This cake would also look really nice covered in fondant.

Valentine's Day dessert ideas

To add a phrase to the top of your cake, you can cut letters out of red modeling chocolate or fondant, or pipe them on using red frosting.

Valentine's day dessert recipe

Just before serving, cut into the cake and allow the candy to fall out. This cake is so tall that once you cut a slice, you'll want to cut most of the cake. I cut mine, took pictures, left it on the counter, and came back a few hours later and my cake had sunk. It was a bit of a mess. So, cut it, serve, eat it, enjoy it.

Valentine's day cake
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16 comments:

  1. yum! These are my favorite candies. Wonderful tutorial, too. You make it look super easy.

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  2. Cute cake! Wouldn't it be adorable to serve mini piñata Conversation Heart cakes to each guest. This I will have to try.

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  3. That is one adorable cake!!! Love it!

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  4. I love this! I can't wait to make a pinata cake!

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  5. This cake would blow my daughters mind! How fun!

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  6. This is AWESOME! First time seen a cake like this. I need to try this ASAP! Thanks for sharing & the pictures were great tutorial.

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  7. Did anyone else see the "No Way" candy in the first pic? I laughed.

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    1. Some of the new conversation heart phrases are pretty funny!

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  8. Did anyone else see the "No Way" candy in the first pic? I laughed.

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  9. Smoothing the frosting has been one of my biggest challenges. Yours looks great!

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    1. Oh, for me too! I have finally discovered that if I freeze the cake for a while to get a crust on the frosting then use a damp paper towel to smooth out the frosting, it works great.

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  10. I love this you are so talented I will put it on my to do list but have to be feeling very brave to do it. Thanks for sharing visiting from moon light and mason jars have a great day

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    1. Thanks for stopping by from the linky party and thanks for your kind words!

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  11. This turned out great! I love it! Sooooo pinning it! :)

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  12. I am definitely going to make this cake for my kiddos!!

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  13. This is gorgeous!
    Candy makes me happy too by the way :)

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