- Step 1
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Grease 2 x 7cm-deep, 20cm round cake pans. Line base and sides with 2 layers of baking paper.
- Step 2
Using an electric mixer, beat 1/2 the butter, 1/2 the sugar and 1/2 the vanilla for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add 3 eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just combined after each addition. Gradually beat in 1/2 the flour and 1/2 the milk, in batches, until just combined.
- Step 3
Divide mixture evenly between prepared pans. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of 1 cake comes out clean. Stand in pans for 10 minutes. Turn, top-side up, onto baking paper-lined wire racks. Cool completely.
- Step 4
Repeat process with remaining butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour and milk, to make another 2 cakes.
- Step 5
Make Vanilla buttercream icing: Using electric mixer, beat butter and vanilla for 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until well combined.
- Step 6
Trim tops of cakes so they are flat and the same thickness. Cut a 10cm round from the centre of 2 cakes (see Notes). Remove and discard centres.
- Step 7
Place 1 whole cake on a serving plate. Spread 1/4 cup of buttercream icing over top of cake. Top with 1 cut cake. Spread 2 tablespoons icing over top of cake. Top with remaining cut cake. Spread top and inside the hole with 1/4 cup icing. Spoon enough assorted lollies into the centre of cake to fill to the top of the hole. Top with remaining cake. Spread remaining buttercream icing over top and side of cake.
- Step 8
Combine Nerds, choc chips, and hundreds and thousands in a bowl. Press all over top and side of cake to cover. Serve (see Notes).
- To decorate the cake we used a mixture of M&Ms, M&M Minis, Skittles, Freckles, Nerds and sprinkles.
- Place the 2 cakes on top of each other before cutting the rounds, so that the holes are in exactly the same position on both cakes.
- Don't like Nerds? You can decorate the pinata cake with any type of small lolly or sprinkle combination.
- Cake is best assembled and decorated on day of serving.