I made this Pinata Birthday Cake for a friend’s birthday. I baked 1 boxed cake mix in a 12 x 18 inch pan. I drew what I wanted the shape of the cake to look like on paper. I split the pinata shape into pieces (2 legs, body, head, ear) and arranged them so that I could cut each out of the 12 x 18 cake. The body was the full 12 inches wide. The legs, head and ear were cut from the remaining cake. It took a lot of drawing and re-drawing to get the pieces just right!

Once the pieces were arranged in the pinata shape, I put a thin, messy layer of store-bought white icing over the entire cake. I dyed white icing several colors using Duff Goldman “Electric Color Gels”, which I found gave me great vivid color. Using a decorating tip with a rectangular opening, I piped each “string”, starting at the bottom and overlapping and alternating colors as I worked my way up. The eye was made by melting a mini marshmallow and placing a round black sprinkle in the center.

When I started this cake, I did not know exactly how I would achieve the look I wanted, but through trial, error and a lot of patience, it all worked out!