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A Four Layer Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream and Oodles of Hidden Easter Treats! A Delicious Easter Piñata Cake!
So, after posting several Easter recipes already this year, and many last year, I couldn’t resist posting another showstopper. My Mini Egg Drip Cake and Easter Chocolate Cake are already big cakes full of Easter goodness, but I realised I have never posted a Piñata Cake… so that had to happen. And it had to be full of Easter treats.
I knew from the start that I wanted to make this a chocolate cake, but not a chocolate fudge cake. I know that not everyone wants to go through the faff of making a chocolate fudge cake like in my Easter Chocolate Cake, so I used a simple Chocolate Victoria sponge style sponge, but with light brown sugar as its my favourite for all things chocolate cake these days.
I thought as my Easter Chocolate Cake was chocolate cake on chocolate icing, and my Mini Egg Drip Cake is vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, that this should have vanilla frosting as well. Making it different enough to get away with posting it and all, and because I like how you can make vanilla frosting any colour you like.
I was originally going to go for a duck egg style blue, or something like a purple, but I thought peach would be nice and simple. Also, I couldn’t find my other food colours… but thats besides the point! The colouring is entirely optional. Or you can add in 50g of cocoa powder to make it chocolatey!
I use a Metal Edge Scraper (Affiliate) for my cakes like this, and my drip cakes, and it makes it so much easier and neater. I always use my trusty 2D Closed Star Piping Tip (Affiliate) to decorate as well because it makes glorious little swirls, and then top it with my favourite Bronze Crunch sprinkles from Waitrose.
I thought Mini Eggs represent Easter really well, because they’re so recognisable. I have however made these cakes several times with different insides. Maltesers, Smarties, buttons, and even gummy sweets, but I just think Easter treats look SO GOOD. Throwing in some golden eggs as well because they’re damn tasty, but its all optional. Its best to use things of a similar size to these as you when you cut the cake you want to have enough for every person to eat!
I literally ADORE Piñata Cakes because they just look amazing. People of all ages love them as well, because its just a simple surprise. I just love that it looks like a simple and delicious cake either way but as you cut into them you get a cascade of SO MUCH CHOCOLATE and yeah well YUMMY.
But yeah, I hope you love this recipe as much as I did, and my trusty taste testers did! Enjoy! X
A Four Layer Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream and Oodles of Hidden Easter Treats!
- 450 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
- 450 g Light Brown Sugar
- 375 g Self Raising Flour
- 75 g Cocoa Powder
- 6-8 Large Eggs (400-450g worth)
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 350 g Unsalted Butter (room temp)
- 750 g Icing Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Food Colouring
- 400 g Chocolate Eggs (Mini Eggs/Golden Eggs/etc)
Heat the oven to 160C/140C Fan and line two DEEP 20cm/8inch cake tins with baking parchment – leave to the side.
In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, eggs and baking powder and beat again briefly till combined – try not to overbeat!
Divide the mixture between the two tins and smooth it over – bake for 1 hour (Check after 45 minutes if your oven runs hot, can take longer) until the cake is golden and when the cake springs back (skewer should also come out clean)
Once baked, leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then remove and leave to cool fully on a wire rack.
In a stand mixer, beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is smooth and loose and then beat in the icing sugar 1/3 at a time until its fully combined.
Add in the food colouring and vanilla - Keep beating the buttercream for 5-6 minutes on a medium speed so it starts to get fluffier and lighter. If too thick, add one tablespoon of boiling water at a time till its smooth enough.
Once the cake is cooled, I level them off so that they are flat, and then divide the cakes into two – so I end up with 4 layers. On three of the four layers, cut out a hole using a 6 or 7cm cutter in the middle of the cake.
With the first layer of the cake, spread some of the buttercream onto the top of the first layer (basically on the sponge you can see, not where the hole is). Only use about 1-2 tbsp of buttercream per layer so that you have enough to decorate with!
Add the second layer on and repeat, and the third layer and repeat. Once you've used the three layers with the holes, fill in the hole with the Chocolate Egg sweets. I used a mixture of Cadbury Mini Eggs, and Galaxy Golden Eggs. Make sure its quite compact but don't go crazy!
Add the fourth (And complete) layer on top so the hidden sweets are covered and sealed in. Buttercream round the edges and sides so the cake is covered - I went for the Naked effect so scraped it away so part sponge, part buttercream was the outside.
Pipe on any leftover buttercream, and decorate with some extra chocolate eggs and some sprinkles!
- As its for easter, I made my buttercream a peachy colour, but you could easily dye the frosting a pale shade of pink, blue, etc – add in a little of whatever colouring as you’re whipping the frosting up!
- I bake the cake at 140C In my oven as its a deeper cake, and it makes it bake flat. It also tends to stay moister. If you’re in a rush you can bake it at the usual temperatures, but adjust the baking time accordingly.
- This cake will last in an airtight container for 3 days, at room temperature.
- Nibble on the offcuts of the 3/4 layers whilst decorating - best fuel for decorating.
- You can use whatever chocolatey filling you like, even just regular stuff not even Easter treats!
Find my other Cake & Easter Recipes on my Recipes Page!
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