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Pinata Fiesta Cake

Turn a Sheet Pan cake festive. Convert horse and people cookies into piñata and guests with piped frosting. Add Circus Balloon Topper Sets to clothesline posts to strike a celebratory note.
Makes: Cake serves 30; each cookie serves 1.

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Step 1

In advance: Make cookies. Roll out plain dough and cut out 1 horse; cut hole in top of horse with straw. Tint remaining dough skin tone and cut 6 children.

Step 2

For child hitting piñata, trim off right arm. Bake and cool cookies. Decorate cookies using royal icing. Pipe tip 2 outline and dot facial features; add tip 13 curlique or pull-out hair.

Step 3

Outline and pipe in clothes with tip 4 (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe tip 4 ball hand and dot fingers.

Step 4

On child hitting piñata, pipe tip 4 string blindfold; trim lollipop stick to 3 1/2 in. and attach to back of hand with icing. For hats, slightly trim spice drops and attach. Add tip 2 dot pompom.

Step 5

Attach 4 in. sticks to backs of children. Draw stripes on horse with FoodWriter? markers.

Step 6

Ice 1-layer cake smooth in buttercream. Divide front and back of cake into six 2 1/2 in. wide sections; divide sides into four 2 3/4 in. wide sections.

Step 7

Pipe tip 6 zigzag garlands, 3/4 in. deep. Attach 3 candy-coated chocolates with tip 4 dots of icing at each division point.

Step 8

For piñata stand, cut 2 dowel rods 9 in. long. With knife, poke a hole 1/2 in. from top of each dowel rod.

Step 9

Attach a spiral of yellow ribbon on dowel rods with hot glue, stopping 2 1/4 in. from bottom. At top, with hot glue, attach 6 in. pieces of curled ribbon in various colors.

Step 10

Cut a lollipop stick to 11 1/4 in. long and insert into holes. Insert dowel rods in cake 1 1/2 in. from sides and back of cake.

Step 11

Tie horse to stick with ribbon. Insert balloon toppers into tops of dowel rods. Print tip 4 message. Insert children in cake top. Pipe 21 shell bottom border.

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Copper Icing Color (light skin tone)

Black Icing Color

Lemon Yellow Icing Color

Leaf Green Icing Color

Orange Icing Color

Royal Blue Icing Color

Christmas Red Icing Color

Violet Icing Color

Meringue Powder

large spice drops

Candy-coated chocolates





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11 x 15 x 2 in. Sheet Pan

4 in. Lollipop Sticks

11 3/4 in. Lollipop Sticks

2 13 x 19 in. Cake Board

Cookie Sheet

Cooling Grid

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Hot Glue Gun

4 yards Curling ribbon in yellow

1 yard Curling ribbon in green

1 yard Curling ribbon in red

1 yard Curling ribbon in blue

Craft knife

Plastic drinking straw

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Pinata Fiesta Cake is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was such a great cake to create. It's challenging, but not too hard. We used this for an international-themed party, so it was easy to create a variety of ethnicities with the cookies.
Date published: 2011-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was pretty hard to do but in the end it came out great.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this idea...not hard just time consuming.
Date published: 2013-03-11
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