Gluten-free pinata birthday cake

A great cake for kids, this pinata cake has a secret reveal in the centre- it’s filled with smarties! And it is deceptively easy to make- great if you only have an hour or two to make a birthday cake.

For this version I made a gluten-free cake to celebrate Dove Farm’s 40th birthday (but you can make it regular by using standard self-raising flour if you prefer). Dove Farm’s are one of the best suppliers of gluten free baking products. Gone are the days of crumbly cake, broken biscuits or dry dessert as can be the case with many gluten free flours. In fact, when I served this cake not one of my guests noticed the difference between this and normal flour.

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 200 g butter or margarine
  • 300 g FREEE by Dove Farm’s gluten free Self Raising White Flour
  • 1 tsp Dove Farm’s gluten free Baking Powder
  • 75 ml milk
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tube of smarties (to put in cake mixture)
  • 2 tubes of smarties (for pinata centre)

For the buttercream icing

  • 300g butter or margarine
  • 500g icing sugar
  • splash of milk
  • Smarties to decorate outside of cake

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C and line and grease two 20 cm cake tins.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix using an electric mixer, then crush up one tube of smarties and add to the cake batter.
  3. Bake in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes until the cakes are cooked through and a skewer comes out clean.
  4. Leave to cool and then remove from the cake tins. Then when completely cool cut the cakes into four.
  5. Taking 3 of the four cake slices, use a round cookie cutter to cut a hole in the three cakes. Then add butter cream and assemble one on top of the other. When the three with holes are assembled, pour the smarties into the hole directly on to the plate below. NB you won’t be able to move the cake after this, so make sure you have it on the plate you want to use.
  6. Add the final layer of buttercream and the final full cake to seal the top. Then cover in the remaining butter cream and decorate with remaining smarties.

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