DIY : Pumpkin Pail Cake

Our contributor, Miso of Miso Bakes, is here with a darling new cake tutorial for Halloween.  A trick-or-treating classic goes from candy to cake…

DIY Pumpkin Pinata Cake  |  by Miso Bakes  |

It finally feels like Autumn here in California!   I am so excited because Autumn is my favorite season.

With Halloween around the corner and pinata cakes being so popular, I thought I would try creating one– one that looks like a Halloween candy pail! It is actually extremely simple and easy!

DIY Pumpkin Pinata Cake  |  by Miso Bakes  |

Ready to create? Here we go!

DIY Pumpkin Pinata Cake  |  by Miso Bakes  |




  • 2 Bundt Cakes
  • Buttercream
  • Orange Sprinkles (Sanding or Jimmies)
  • Black Licorice Lace
  • 2 Toothpicks
  • Melted Chocolate in a Cornet or Piping Bag
  • Large Round Cutter
  • Candies


STEP 1:  Torte both your bundt cakes and level if you need to.  If you score the side of your bundt cake, it will be easier to line the layers together.  Level the rounded end of one bundt cake (this piece will go on the very bottom so your pumpkin sits flat on the cake board or plate.)

STEP 2:  Using large round cutter, cut the center so the cavity is bigger. By doing this, you will be able to fit more candy in the center!

STEP 3:  Sandwich your layers together. You may use as much or as little icing as you would like.

STEP 4:  Crumb coat your cake. It doesn’t have to be perfect as you will cover the sides in orange sprinkles.

STEP 5:  Cover the cake in sprinkles. Chill the cake in fridge so the sprinkles set with the buttercream.

STEP 6:  Pipe the border of the pumpkin’s eyes, nose, and mouth with melted chocolate. Let the border firm up slightly and then fill it in with chocolate.

STEP 7:  Your pumpkin should look like this now!

STEP 8:  Fill the center with candy of choice. (I used 1 large bag of M&Ms and 1 large bag of Reese’s Pieces).

STEP 9:  Insert the pumpkin pail handle– I made this by tying toothpicks to the ends of black licorice lace.

DIY Pumpkin Pinata Cake  |  by Miso Bakes  |

Hooray, it’s time for a Halloween Party!


Miso is based in Los Angeles where she is a cake designer and teacher. She also travels internationally to share her craft and passion with others.


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