Rainbow Pinata Celebration Cake

Slice into a Pinata Cake and release the secret surprise that is hidden within, the middle is packed with sweets!

This cake is great for a celebration that children and adults will love.

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Ingredients:

  • 375g raising flour
  • 375g butter
  • 375g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 5 large eggs
  • Food dye
  • sweets to fill – mini smarties, mini marshmallows, mini lemon meringues

Icing:

  • 200g butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • vanilla essence to flavour
  • hundreds and thousands to decorate

You will need three 9″ round cake tins and a 2″ round pastry cutter

1. Pre heat the oven at 160/180c and grease the tins

2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar, add in the vanilla essence. Beat well

3. Add in the eggs one at a time. beating well combining the mixture.

4. Sift in the flour and fold in.

5. Divide the mixture between 3 bowls, add in the food dye. I used a tube of each food dye, to make the colour deep.

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6. Pour into the greased cake tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 25/30 minutes. Take out of the oven and leave to cool.

7. Mix the icing sugar and butter together adding in the vanilla essence, beat until creamy.

8. Using a sharp knife level two of the cakes, slicing the top off. Cut out the centre of 2 of the cakes using the cutter.

9. Place one of the cakes onto a cake board and sandwich together with the other one using the creamy icing mixture.

10. Fill the centre of the cake with the sweets of your choice

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11. Place the final top layer on, layering up with the icing. Coat the top and sides of the cake with the rest of the icing. Level off with a knife and decorate with sprinkles

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12. All ready to serve and celebrate.

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Surprise your friends and family, once the knife goes in they will astonished with what comes out

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I’m no baker but found this cake easy to bake and decorate. The sponge was fluffy and the icing was creamy.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas & Friends special 70th birthday celebrations

School to win chance to record a new Thomas & Friends song in special 70th anniversary year!

This year it’s Thomas & Friends 70th birthday and to celebrate they are launching a competition to get schools involved. To mark the iconic brands birthday they are asking Primary school classes across the country to enter a singing competition for the chance to record a new song for the upcoming film which is to be released this Autumn.

Judges are looking for the best, most creative singers in the country to be in with a chance of scooping the top prize package for their entire class, which includes…

  • An all-expenses paid trip to a recording studio to sing and record the Thomas & Friends theme tune which will feature on a special anniversary DVD
  • A half-day musical experience run by a music specialist
  • £200 worth of musical instruments
  • A visit from The Fat Controller

All schools who register for the competition via the National Schools Partnership website will receive a free downloadable resource pack, full of fun and simple activities linked to numeracy, literacy, PE and art and design, to help engage and inspire children to make their entry stand out.

Register today at http://www.nationalschoolspartnership.com/thomasandfriends.php

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son 69 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The little blue engine and his friends invite children to enter into a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.

All three of my children have adored Thomas & Friends. The youngest can recite which colour, number and name the trains are, he builds tracks around the house all the time and makes up his own little adventures, his imagination runs wild.

To find out more about Thomas & Friends visit their website.

Good Luck!

 

 

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