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Feeling Sweet: Pinata Cake

Feeling sweet? Thinking of sweetness just makes me want to eat cake, so I've decided to meet my friend Cheryl at her Bake-It-Yourself store in Taipei to learn how to make her scrumptiously sweet Piñata Cake. It's a cake that is also a piñata... what genius!
For orange almond butter cake
  Butter 273 Gram
  Sugar 108 Gram
  Egg yolks 6 Medium
  Plain flour 156 Gram
  Almond flour 120 Gram
  Double action baking powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Orange juice 6 Tablespoon
  Orange zest 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Egg whites 6 Medium
For classic buttercream frosting
  Unsalted butter 226 Gram, softened
  Icing sugar 400 Gram, sifted (300 - 400 gm)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon
  Milk 5 Tablespoon
  Green food color 5 Drop
  Pink food color 5 Drop
  Yellow food color 5 Drop
For greasing
  Butter 1 Tablespoon (For greasing)
For decoration
  M&m candy 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease two bowl pans with butter and set aside.

2. Sift cake flour and baking powder together.
3. Beat butter and sugar together until it is light and creamy.
4. Add in egg yolks into butter and sugar mixture, one at a time. Make sure it is well beaten after each addition.
5. Mix in almond flour, salt and orange rind. Beat to combine.
6. Mix in cake flour, baking powder and orange juices. Again beat to combine.
7. In another mixing bowl, beat egg whites until thick and foamy.
8. Add in sugar slowly, and beat till mixture reaches a soft peak.
9. Take one portion of the egg white mixture, and use a hand whisk to stir well with egg yolk batter till it becomes thick.
10. Fold in remaining egg white mixture into egg yolk batter.
11. Spoon into the prepared pan, and bake for 55 minutes.
12. For Classic Buttercream Frosting – Beat butter with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed, until soft.
13. Add 300g icing sugar to butter and beat at lowest speed until all the sugar has been incorporated with the butter.
14. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt and 2 tbsp. of milk. Beat for about 3 minutes.
15. Adjust consistency of buttercream by either adding more sifted sugar for stiffer consistency, or more milk for softer consistency.
16. Divide the frosting into 3 equal parts and mix the food colors.

17. Spread some green frosting on bottom of one cake and slightly hollow the top. Place M&M candies into the cake and cover with another cake.
18. In a piping bag, add in all 3 frostings and make flowers on the cake, as shown in the video. Decorate with some candies.

19. Slice the cake and serve for dessert.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Almond Flour
Cake Channel
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
55 Minutes
Ready In: 
75 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 763 Calories from Fat 446

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 51 g78.3%

Saturated Fat 28 g139.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 219.7 mg73.2%

Sodium 264.6 mg11%

Total Carbohydrates 72 g24%

Dietary Fiber 2.1 g8.2%

Sugars 54.1 g

Protein 8 g15.8%

Vitamin A 28.1% Vitamin C 9.2%

Calcium 12.7% Iron 5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Feeling Sweet: Pinata Cake Recipe Video