Pinata burro cake

For my recent birthday party I had a South American theme and I wanted a Pinata Burro cake. This cake isn’t actually a pinata (it’s a single layer), but I wanted this particular look. The cake itself is a Teal Velvet cake, but you could use any colour you like, including red!

You will need:

  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups of white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¼ cups of vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • A generous squirt of food colouring gel
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 pottle of berry yoghurt
  • ½ cup of milk


  • 225 grams of softened butter
  •  cups of icing suagr
  • food colour gels
  • rainbow sour strips


Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. In a large bowl add the oil and the sugar and beat this together. Add in the eggs and continue to beat the mixture. Then add the vinegar, vanilla, and food gel as well as the milk and yoghurt. Combine the wet ingredients well. You can then add the baking soda and cocoa. And lastly sift in the flour. Give the mixture one last good mix and it should be ready for the oven.

To bake my cake I used a slice tray. I greased the sides and lined the bottom of the tray with baking paper so it would come out easily. I baked the cake for approximately 25 minutes. You’ll know it’s baked when you can poke the middle of the cake with a skewer and it comes out clean. I needed two of these cakes to make my Burro.

Once the cake was well cooled, I make a quick sketch of the sizes of cake pieces I would need. Then I leveled my cakes and cut them to my rough pattern. You can see the shapes in this photo.

pinata cake 2

To ice my Burro cake I used a Wilton’s Grass Tip, but you could use any piping tip to get a textured look. You could also use a fork to texture icing after it is applied. I made up one batch of icing, and then spit it into five parts for five different colours. This was time consuming and I would suggest you allow plenty of time for the icing. Lastly I added some rainbows strips to the sides to cover any untidiness and also to give my Burro a tail.

I think my Pinata Burro cake came out really cute and everyone loved it. I went with a teal colour, but there’s no reason you couldn’t pick any colour. I have done a purple velvet cake for a friend who loves purple too.


This article was written by Kym Moore. Kym is a working mum of two, and occasional blogger. Fancies herself a writer, when she isn’t editing her kids’ vlogs or running their social media at Baby Likes Cake. Follow them on Facebook and YouTube.

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  1. Angelgirl081 27/11/2017 at 5:03 pm

    How cute. We are having a rainbow themed party for little misses 1st birthday, so this could be a good idea.

  2. Mands1980 18/11/2017 at 8:52 am

    This looks great can’t wait to make it with the kids as well

  3. Jen_Wiig 13/11/2017 at 12:25 pm

    Wow this is like a piece of art it’s amazing. I’m a hopeless Baker so enlist the help of my boys as their actually really good at baking… We are yet to attempt a birthday cake perhaps will do for mine in case it ends up as a disaster it won’t be the end of the world haha

  4. kymmage 12/11/2017 at 7:50 pm

    This cake was a lot of fun to make, I just wished I had given myself a little more time on the icing. It came out great, but the lack of time made it less relaxing to put together!

  5. SarahBlair 12/11/2017 at 2:27 pm

    My daughter just asked me if I will do the cake for my granddaughter’s first birthday, looks like she’s getting a Pinata burro cake, something that I can do and it looks very cool!

  6. felicity beets 11/11/2017 at 10:38 am

    This cake looks fabulous – I love the bright colours and does not look too hard to make

  7. MuddledUpMolly 08/11/2017 at 12:29 pm

    Ooh I love the look of this pinata cake!! My 1 year old’s birthday party is this coming weekend and the theme for her party is ‘rainbow’. There are so many ideas out there and now this will be one of the potential options. Love the bright colours 🙂

  8. Bevik1971 08/11/2017 at 10:32 am

    OMG yum!! That looks great! My daughter turns 5 on Boxing Day, of all days lol so will need to sort a cake – she wants a princess so I’m probably going to have to get someone to make one for me as I’m not quite that skilled!!

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