Coolest Pinata Pumpkin Birthday Cake

A pumpkin seemed the perfect cake for a 5 yr old’s birthday party just before Halloween. I used two bundt cake pans and then a third 9 in. round. I stacked one bundt upside down then the 9 in. round on top of that then the second bundt cake right side up for the top. All the cakes were yellow cake box mixes.  I spread vanilla pudding in between the three cakes.

As a surprise for the birthday boy I added his favorite – candy corn inside the holes of the bundt cakes. After filling the holes with the candy corn I covered the holes with a piece of a Moonpie and it worked perfectly. I frosted the cake with butter cream frosting. I used the Wilton orange food coloring but then added a bit of royal blue to give it a more realistic pumpkin color. I think I put a tad too much blue in so this became the “yikes” part of the process. I eventually added a bunch of red and got it to a color I thought would work.

I dirty-iced the cake then frosted it again. I used a Vanity paper towel to smooth it out. Then I used a knife to lightly run a line down the paper towel from the top of the cake to the bottom. I tried to make them about 1in or 1 1/2 in. apart around the pumpkin cake. These depressions helped give the pumpkins the indentations of a real pumpkin.  Then I used melted almond bark (white chocolate) tinted with Wilton black food coloring and gently cut out triangles for eyes and a nose.  I also carved out a toothly smile but when attaching it to the cake needed to snap it into three pieces so it would attached flush with the cake –then I filled in the small cracks with black frosting.

I “glued” all the chocolate pieces with some left over frosting. The top of the cake is a waffle ice cream cone dipped in melted almond bark and rolled in sprinkles. I prepared the chocolate pieces and birthday hat cone the night before frosting the cake. I then used the Wilton 233 tip to make grass around the base and added some candy corns as well.  Then I used Wilton tip 104 to create some vines and leaves off the top of the pumpkin. I finished it off with Wilton tip 3 to write Happy Birthday. I just let the frosting squiggle out as it wanted to making for the spooky look to the writing.

The cake was a huge hit! And oh boy, when the candy corn spilled out, wow!  The kids went wild and were yelling how it was a “pinata cake”!  Then all the kids at the party had to have a few of the candy corns along with their piece of cake!  Everyone said it tasted delicious and it fed 20 kids and many of their parents!

Coolest Pinata Pumpkin Birthday Cake

Coolest Pinata Pumpkin Birthday Cake

Coolest Pinata Pumpkin Birthday Cake

Coolest Pinata Pumpkin Birthday Cake