Get your hammers ready, folks. This is a fun one encouraging minor destruction, chocolate indulgence and playfulness! I made this pinata smash cake for my sons 2nd birthday. Therefore, the bright colours, ‘dripping’ icing and sprinkles (of course!).
Have you seen my tutorial for making SMASH cupcakes? Well, you can find more detailed instructions there on melting the chocolate / candy melts needed for this project. It’s essentially the mini version of this project. Otherwise, this is pretty straight forward. Make a chocolate shell, fill it with toys, ice it then…. SMASH!
Decide how many tiers you want the cake to be. Don’t go too large or the weight from the upper layers could cause the bottom layer to collapse. I used three plastic containers, with flat bottoms so they could be stacked easily. It will be helpful if your containers are clear.
Melt your chocolate or candy melts. Again, you can find more detailed instructions in my SMASH cupcake post. Pour enough in the bottom of the clean container to cover it so when held up to the light, it is opaque. Let that part set at room temperature, then pour more coating the sides. You will likely have to pour the sides twice. Be patient while it sets. Don’t refrigerate it to speed it up or it could crack.
I used a spoon to spread some extra around the sides. Don’t worry what it looks like on the inside. Again, hold your container up to the light to find any ‘thin’ spots. Repeat this with all of your layer moulds.
Once they are set, you can remove them from the moulds. If you find they are difficult to get out, place them in the fridge for 15 minutes (they will contract a bit) and try again. I found it easiest to grab them from the inside and ‘pull / lift’ them out of the moulds.
On a plate of an appropriate size, stack a few toys / trinkets onto the plate. Put the heaviest items here. I put Weebles, toy cars, little animal figures and a couple bouncy balls. Keep stacking and building the cake with all of the lighter weight goodies and remaining layers.
From here on, you can decorate it however you like. I made a batch of royal icing, coloured it blue and flooded each layer with it, letting it spill over the sides. The icing helps secure the layers together plus, it looks fun! Topped with sprinkles and a ‘2’ candle.
Frosting the entire cake would be fantastic too. Nobody would suspect a thing until it’s smashed!
So wrap up a hammer or your implement of choice. Please DO have adult supervision when the child is using the hammer. So what’s left…..?
Foster and his Godmother did a ‘bang up’ job! He sure wasn’t expecting there to be toy cars inside!
*If making in advance, store in a cool, dry location. Do not refrigerate or the chocolate could crack.
Also, if you find it’s just too much to eat (the candy melt shell) you could reuse some of the chocolate for coating candy canes for the holidays or even pretzel sticks.