It was my dear friend (and housemate) Nicole’s 21st birthday this weekend, and responsibility for the cake has fallen to me. Living together, Nicole has witnessed countless cake triumphs (and, of course, failures!) so this one had to be extra special.
I wanted a cake that would get people really excited.
‘A cake that freaks people out.’
So here it is:
Surprise Inside Cake (inspired by the Pinata Cake craze that is flooding the internet at the moment)
I just used my most basic cake recipe for this- but had to double the recipe to create a cake big and strong enough with withhold all the treats!
12 ounces of butter
12 ounces of sugar
12 ounces of self raising flour
dash of vanilla extract
Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Sift in the flour and mix until combined. Then add vanilla.
Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 180 degree oven ( it is a good idea to keep checking on it, as with such a large cake, cooking times can really vary!)
Once the cake is cool, cut it in half. Hollow out the top of one half and the bottom of the other. There should be a cavity in the middle of the cake, but make sure you leave the sides wide enough so the whole thing doesn’t cave in! Fill the bottom half with an assortment of sweets! I went for lots of coloured ones, for the aesthetic effect, but its completely up to you!
5 ounces of butter
10 ounces of icing sugar
2 tablespoons of milk
a few drops of vanilla extract
Beat the butter until smooth and soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beatwell until combined. Add the other half and mix well. Add the milk and mix well to loosen the mixture.
Use the icing to attach the top half to the bottom half, and then to decorate the outside. Add food colouring to the icing and use to decorate if you wish!
Cut into it and watch the insides pour out. And trust me- this cake will get the desired effect every time!