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Jelly Bean Cake

This easy to make Jelly Bean Cake offers a fun surprise in the center. This pinata style cake is a moist vanilla cake that is filled with jelly beans. Topped with jelly beans, kids are going to be amazed when they see you cut this cake open.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Jelly Bean Cake
Servings: 8
Author: Jill


  • 3 disposable piping bags
  • 1 mini angled spatula
  • 1 medium ice cream scooper
  • 1 large piping bag with star tip
  • 3 9inch round cake pans
  • 3 10inch round cake board


  • 2 boxes Vanilla cake mix
  • 6 large egg
  • 2 C water
  • 1 C Canola oil
  • Light Pink gel food coloring
  • Pam baking spray

Vanilla frosting

  • 2 C unsalted butter softened
  • 5 C powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-6 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • Light Pink, Red and Yellow Gel food coloring
  • 1 small container white premade icing
  • 1 8 oz jelly beans


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray the 3 cake pans with pam baking spray
  • Combine all cake ingredients into a standing mixer or large mixing bowl and beat until combined
  • Mix in a few drops of pink gel frosting until combined
  • Divide the batter between the 3 pans and bake in the oven for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Allow to cool completely before moving onto the cake board
  • Using a cake leveler, remove the dome from the cakes to make even
  • Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream until combined, smooth and stiff with peaks
  • Building the cake directions
  • Place one cake round onto the cake board.
  • Using a 3 inch round cookie cutter, cut out the center of the cake
  • Carefully remove the center. Cut the center round in half and gently place the new cut half back into the center of the cake to create a bottom to the cake
  • Frost the bottom layer and the walls of the center of the cake
  • Cut out the center of the second cake layer and gently place it on top of the first
  • Frost second layer and inside walls of the center
  • Fill the center of the cake with about 1 ½-2 C of jelly beans
  • Place the third layer of the cake on top
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag
  • Frost entire cake with remaining frosting
  • Divide the premade frosting into 3 bowls
  • Mix in a few drops of each color into their own bowl
  • Place each bowl, 1 at a time into the microwave for 15 seconds to soften the frosting
  • Scoop the colored frosting into their own disposable piping bag
  • Decorating the cake :
  • Cut the tip off the pink piping bag and pipe drips around the top of the cake
  • Cut the tip off the red piping bag and pipe over the pink drips
  • Repeat the same with the yellow piping bag
  • Using the large piping bag, pipe white dollops around the top of the cake
  • Sprinkle some jelly beans onto the frosting and place jelly beans around the bottom of the cake
  • Cut and enjoy!