Easter Pinata Cake

March 19, 2019Sew White

Every Easter table deserves a beautiful centre piece and this is one for the whole family. Enjoy my Speckled Easter Pinata Cake. Easy to make and delicious.

I have loved creating cakes recently. Plus I’ve been trying to get better at getting my buttercream as smooth as possible. Using scrappers is harder than it looks but practice is paying off. My latest cake was this incredible Speckled Easter Pinata Cake. I am so proud of it.

Check out my how to make the Speckled Easter Pinata Cake blog post.

It looks complicated but I promise it isn’t. It’s a layer of duck egg blue buttercream with a cocoa powder paste flicked at the cake with a brush to create the beautiful texture.

Making pinata cakes is so easy. You get the four layers as usual and cut a central hole in the middle of three. Build up the three layers with the hole in and buttercream them. Fill the hole with chocolate eggs and add the layer without the hole on top. Buttercream the whole cake and decorate. No one will suspect there to be a hidden treasure of chocolates inside.

The cake itself is a beautiful lemon sponge with lemon curd to keep the cake moist and taste wonderful.

A beautiful Speckled Easter Pinata Cake with tumbling mini eggs and a slice ready to serve

Making a Speckled Egg Cake

As a cute edition to the cake and to make it look extra adorable I made little chocolate cornflake nests with sprinkles and topped off with mini eggs. This was inspired by the Peggy Porschen Easter cake and my love of chocolate cornflake cakes.

Clsoe up of the sprinkles and easter nests on the Speckled Easter Pinata Cake inspired by Peggy Porschen

I love how beautiful each slice looked and I think when I make it again I will definitely make smaller nests as the slices were huge. Great to share between two and fight over the nest.

Speckled Easter Pinata Cake slice. A beautiful slice of duck egg blue speckled cake perfect for Easter. Topped with a chocolate easter nest.

It looks so cute and a wonderful centre piece for any table.

Speckled Easter Pinata Cake with splattered effect in chocolate

How delicious does this look!

An artistic duck egg blue cake with speckled chocolate to create the Speckled Easter Pinata Cake

Let’s enjoy a slice of cake. It looks so beautiful when it has been sliced to reveal the mini eggs and sprinkles inside. A lovely surprise for guests.A slice removed from the Speckled Easter Pinata Cake reveals the pinata middle full of mini eggs and sprinkles Speckled Easter Pinata Cake close up of cornflake cake nest with vibrant pink sprinkles and mini eggs

How to Make The Speckled Easter Pinata Cake with step by step instructions and photos. Enjoy this beautiful cake this Easter.

I’ve been asked a lot since revealing my Easter bake to give a more detailed account of how I made it so here is everything I did to create this beautiful cake. For the lemon cake recipe and other ingredients you will need scroll down.

How to make the speckled Easter Pinata Cake – step by step

The Speckled Easter Pinata Cake with chocolate nests and sprinkles

How to Make The Speckled Easter Pinata Cake with step by step instructions and photos. Enjoy my beautiful cake this Easter.

It was so exciting to cut into the cake and I’m so glad I caught the moment.

The first slice being taken out of the Speckled Easter Pinata Cake with coloured eggs tumbling out

Pulling the slice aside to reveal tumbling chocolates made the kids and big kids around the table very exciting. I added a few sprinkle strands too which I really liked as they tumbled out with the eggs. A great way to fill out the little extra space inside the pinata cake.

How to Make the Speckled Easter Pinata Cake

When it came to the constructing the cake I found it far easier than you think it would be. Take the two cakes and divide into two equal pieces so you have 4 pieces. Save the best and level piece for the top. On the remaining three pieces cut a hole in the middle.

Once they are ready place the first piece of cake on the plate. I covered them with a layer of lemon lurd and a layer of butter cream. Repeat with the next two levels.

When the three pieces are constructed, I spread the butter cream inside of the cake to make the pinata area a smooth tube.

How to Make the Speckled Easter Pinata Cake with mini eggs and sprinkles

When the butter cream is done I filled the hole with a mix of mini eggs and other Easter chocolate eggs. I also added sprinkles so they would fall down.

I added the final piece (the one without a hole) and gave the cake it’s crumb coat.

Creating the duck egg effect

For the decoration I whipped up a batch of butter cream and add a little blue colour paste at a time to get this beautiful duck egg blue.  I then pipped it over and around the cake using a large nozzle in a pipping bag. I then used a cake smoother and got a beautiful level icing around the edge and on top.

To make the spatter effect for the cake I mixed cocoa powder and water to make a paste.

how to make a chocolate speckled cake

I placed the cake in a wipe clean area (I stuck up greaseproof paper to protect the kitchen). I then used a pastry brush and tapped it on my finger of my left hand whilst holding it in my right to get the splatted. It looks so beautiful and is so easy so that was great.

Making the Easter egg nests

glistening chocolate melted down and stirred into chocoaltes

I melted the chocolate in short sharp bursts in the microwave stirring in between each time. When it was melted I add the cornflakes and stirred gently so I didn’t break them.

chocolate easter nests deocrated with sprinkles and mini eggs

On greaseproof paper add a tablespoon of chocolate cornflakes. Top with a mini egg and add a few sprinkles. Allow to harden somewhere cool, in the fridge if you have space.

Adding them the cake

Once I popped the set Easter egg nests on top I was in love. The cake is so beautiful and I was so proud of what I made.

Getting to slice the cake open was very exciting and my family loved it. Seeing the eggs fall out and surprise my guests was great. I loved seeing the beautiful layers and the work which had gone into it looking good on the dining table.

A beautiful slice of the speckled easter pinata cake removed so you can see the eggs insides

They were pretty big slices as I made the nests fairly large but I had a few extra nests ready so everyone got a good slice and a nest on their plate.

How to Make the Speckled Easter Pinata Cake with step by step instructions on creating the sprinkle covered easter nests

Let’s eat cake… Speckled Easter Pinata Cake

It might seem like a lot of instructions but I’ve tried to make it as clear as possible to follow.

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5 from 14 votes

Speckled Easter Pinata Cake

A wonderful Easter cake. Duck egg blue icing is speckled with cocoa powder. Inside there is hidden Easter eggs in this delightfully fun cake perfect for a fun Easter cake.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Decorating and Assembling Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, English, International
Keyword: duck egg blue easter cake, peggy porschen Easter egg cake inspired, speckled easter egg cake
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Sisley White

Equipment

  • 6 inch cake tins
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Mixer
  • sieve
  • Piping bag
  • round nozzle
  • Icing smoother
  • cake plate
  • spoons
  • knife
  • microwave proof bowl

Ingredients

Cake

  • 300 grams unsalted butter
  • 300 grams golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 300 grams self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 lemons
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • sprigs fresh thyme

Buttercream

  • 300 grams butter
  • 700 grams icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • purple colour paste optional

Extras

  • lemon curd
  • mini eggs
  • sprinkles

Decorations

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • tap water

Chocolate Nests

  • 100 g dark chocolate milk chocolate if you’d prefer
  • 100 g cornflakes
  • mini eggs
  • assorted sprinkles

Instructions

Making the Cake

  • Grease and line two six inch cake tins.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160º fan.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs one at a time.
  • Sieve in the flour and baking powder and mix together.
  • Zest the two lemons and mix it into the cake mix along with the juice of 1 lemon.
  • Divide the cake between the two tins and bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and when a cake tester comes out it’s done. Leave to cool for 30mins and then remove to a cooling wrack until cold.

Making the buttercream

  • In a stand mixer beat the butter gradually adding the icing sugar and the milk until light and fluffy and well incorporated.
  • If you want beautifully white buttercream add a tiny amount of purple food colouring paste. The purple will neutralise the yellow tint of the buttercream. Be careful to add a tiny amount at a time otherwise it will go purple.
  • Add a large round nozzle to a pipping bag and fill it up with the buttercream.

Assembling the cake

  • Level off the cakes and cut them in two horizontally into two equal pieces. So you have 4 layers altogether.
  • Using a round cookie cutter cut a hole in three of the cake pieces.
  • On a cake plate or turn table start assembling the layers. Add the first layer with a hole in and spread a thin layer of the lemon curd on. Add a layer of buttercream and repeat for the two other layers.
  • Buttercream the inside of the hole to make a smooth surface. Fill the hole with mini eggs and sprinkles too.
  • Add the top cake layer and add a buttercream crumb coat to the cake.

The duck egg blue buttercream

  • Make another batch of buttercream as above.
  • Add a little blue colour paste at a time to build up to the duck egg blue colour.
  • Using a piping bag and large nozzle cover the cake in the duck egg blue buttercream. Use a scraper to smooth down the sides and top.
  • Place the cake in an area that is easy to wipe down the chocolate splatters.
  • To make the chocolate paste to flick at the cake with a brush to add the speckled texture mix together the cocoa powder and a little water until it is a light runny paste.
  • Dip a long bristled brush into the cocoa powder paste and tap the brush handle on a finger to leave the drops of chocolate on the cake.

The Easter Chocolate Nests

  • Melt down the chocolate in a microwave in 20 second burst until melted. Stir between bursts.
  • Stir the cornflakes in until they’re coated in chocolate.
  • On greaseproof paper spoon tablespoon amounts of the cornflakes to make the nest. Top with a mini egg and add some sprinkles too.
  • Pop them in the fridge to harden or leave somewhere to cool.
  • When they are set place them on top of the cake and it’s ready to serve.

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26 Comments

  • Samuel David

    March 19, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Both a visually and technically gorgeous cake! Tasted pretty good too.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 20, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you. It was an amazing cake. I loved making it and loved eating it too.5 stars

  • Mandy Mazliah

    April 3, 2019 at 11:55 am

    This is one of the prettiest cakes I’ve ever seen. I love how it’s decorated, both with the coloured buttercream and the toppings. ANd then you cut into it and it’s full of mini eggs! Just gorgeous.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      April 6, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      That is the kindest comment <3 Thank you so much

  • Corina Blum

    April 5, 2019 at 9:24 am

    This is such a pretty cake! I haven’t ever made a pinata cake but I know my kids would absolutely love it if I did give in and make one for them!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      April 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s a lovely cake to make and everyone enjoyed it so much.

  • Lucy

    April 6, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    This is magnificent would make a beautiful celebration cake too but so perfect for Easter5 stars

    1. Sew White

      April 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much Lucy, that is so kind of you to say xx

  • Choclette

    April 10, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Wow, this really is a showstopper. Absolutely love the speckled look and I’d love to find a load of mini eggs inside my cake too.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      April 28, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much. A lot of love went into this and I am so proud of what I created.

  • All That I’m Eating

    April 13, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    This cake looks so good on the outside and then to be filled with easter eggs too; amazing!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      April 28, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much. I am in love with this cake.

  • Jacqueline Meldrum

    May 1, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Just gorgeous and perfect for Easter. Beautiful photos too.5 stars

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  • Cat | Curly’s Cooking

    March 14, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Such a pretty cake! Love the hidden treats in the middle. This would be the perfect cake for any Easter celebration.5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 14, 2020 at 11:06 am

      Thank you so much! I love pinata cakes so much so I’m glad that others do too.

  • Jo Allison / Jo’s Kitchen Larder

    March 15, 2020 at 8:51 am

    It is one spectacular cake Sisley! Absolutely gorgeous and full of surprises too! I love all the little details down to cute little sprinkles on the cornflake nests, so beautifully thought out. It’s a proper Easter showstopper!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 15, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you so much Jo, that is so kind of you.5 stars

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  • Michelle Rolfe

    March 17, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Such a pretty cake! Love the speckles and the hidden surprises. Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare. Michelle5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 17, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you that is so kind of you <3

  • Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    March 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    So beautiful… and I love the surprise inside! Eb x5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 19, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you Eb. It was loved.

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