Pinata Cupcakes — The Surprise Cupcakes


This is a simple sweet treat upon request from my little one.

Last week, she asked “Mummy, can you make a piñata cupcake for each of my friends for Children’s Day celebration?”

Interesting, I thought.

So I decided to try this out.

The Dark Chocolate Cakes makes 12 regular cupcakes

140g all-purpose flour
14og caster sugar
60g  Dutch-processed cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
1/2   tsp baking powder
1/2   tsp baking soda
1/3   cup vegetable oil
1/2   cup milk
1/2   cup hot coffee
2       eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 160° C. Prepare 12 cupcake lines in the cake pans. Set aside.
  2. In a mixer bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and    baking soda. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the beaten egg, vegetable oil, and milk. Stir well till mix.
  4. With the mixer on low, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix on low until evenly distributed.
  5. Pour the hot coffee into the batter gradually and mix on medium low until smooth.
  6. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners. Bake for 20 minutes. When a toothpick inserted  at the centre of the cupcake comes out cleanly, the cakes are baked.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate Ganache Frosting  enough for 12 regular cupcakes

450 g    bittersweet chocolate
400 ml heavy cream
50g      unsalted butter


  1. Place  the chopped chocolate in a medium sized heatproof bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. (The cream and butter can also be heated in the microwave.)
  3. Bring just to a  boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and  allow to stand, without stirring, for a few minutes.
  4. Stir gently (as  you do not want to incorporate air into the ganache) with a spoon or  whisk until smooth.
  5. Place in the fridge for 45 minutes to allow it to set.


300g M&Ms chocolate



  1. Once the cupcakes were cooled, cut a cone shape out of the top of the cupcake.
  2. Cut the point off the cone.
  3. Fill the hole with the M&Ms.
  4. Cover hole and seal with the frosting.


5. Pipe the chocolate ganache and then decorate.

6. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy.


And here it goes, the cross-section of this ‘surprise cake’!


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6 Responses to Pinata Cupcakes — The Surprise Cupcakes

  1. Colleen says:

    Your little one had a brilliant idea. Good thing she/he has an equally brilliant mother to be able to fulfill the wish. Nicely done!

    • abusymom says:

      Thank you for your compliment. 🙂 My little one is always the inspiration for my bakes. Through her little eyes, she teaches me to see things in a different perspective. 🙂

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  4. Zoe Bain says:

    I’m the associate editor at and am currently writing a story about piñata desserts. I absolutely love your piñata cupcakes recipe/photos and was hoping to get permission to use one of your images in the piece. I would give you credit and link back to your recipe. Let me know if that’s OK. Thank you!

    Zoe Bain
    Associate Editor

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