This piñata style cake will make your loved ones feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
When a friend or family member says or does something that warms your heart, you've been given a warm fuzzy. Most often, you simply feel good inside, but sometimes the warm fuzzy will actually be real – in the form of a pom pom of yarn with big feet, googly eyes, and antennae. These kind of warm fuzzies are sometimes given to loved ones to show how much you care – plus, they're darn cute!
For Valentine's Day, instead of giving away balls of yarn, why not share a sweet candy-filled cake with your loved ones? I bet anyone that receives this adorable cake will feel warm and fuzzy inside!
To create a warm fuzzy cake, you first need a spherical one. To make a spherical cake you'll need to use a sports ball pan, which you'll want to fill with a batter that will puff up enough to fill the pan. Since this will also be a piñata style cake (meaning there will be a hole in the center of the cake filled with candy) you want a sturdy cake. So, start with a Betty Crocker Pound Cake Mix and add a packet of powdered whipped topping mix and an extra egg white. This will give the batter just enough lift to fill the pans completely as it bakes.
You want nice golden brown cakes that spring back when you press on the center. Once the cakes are baked, allow them to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove them to cool completely.
Meanwhile, you can make your modeling chocolate decorations. You can find the recipe to make modeling chocolate, here, but you can also use fondant, if you prefer.
Roll out some pink modeling chocolate to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut a large heart, about 7 inches wide, to place under the cake to form the warm fuzzy's feet. Cut a cake board into a heart shape that is just a bit smaller to set under the pink heart. Re-roll the modeling chocolate to 1/2 inch thick, and cut two 1-inch hearts to use as the top of the warm fuzzy's antennae.
Cut a paper straw into two 3 1/2 inch long pieces. Flatten one end of each and insert into the small hearts. Reshape hearts as needed, so they stick to the straw.
Roll out the white and black modeling chocolate to about 1/16 inch thickness. Cut two 2 inch white circles and two 1 1/2 inch black circles. Attach one black circle to each white circle using a small dab of water.
Set modeling chocolate pieces aside to dry.
Once cakes are cool, place them back in the pans, and trim any cake that sticks out above the top edge of the pans.
Remove cakes from pans, and cut a tiny bit off the bottom of one cake so it sits flat. Cut a 2 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch round deep well in the center of the bottom cake. Cut a 2 1/2 inch by 1 inch deep round well in the top cake. You don't want a deep well in the top of the cake because your antennae need enough cake up top to hold them in place.
Turn the bottom cake over. Add a dab of frosting in the middle, then begin piping red icing fur in a circular pattern starting about 2 inches from the center. To make the fur, attach the star tip to a can of red cupcake icing, hold the can just above the cake, press down on the dispenser, allowing a small amount of icing to come out, then quit pressing and pull up and away, creating a spike of icing.
Create 5 rows of spikes.
Then turn the cake right side up and set it towards the back of the large pink modeling chocolate heart.
Continue piping on spikes of red icing until you cover the entire bottom of the cake.
Fill the well in the bottom cake with candy hearts. Pipe a 1-inch border of red icing around the top edge of the bottom cake.
Set the other cake half on top and continue piping on spikes of red icing until you cover the entire top half of the cake.
Insert the two antennae into the top of the cake and add the eyes.
Move the cake to a serving platter.
And serve up some warm fuzzies this Valentine’s Day!
Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com.