This Great Cake Contest entry was submitted by LisaSkrubis from Granby, Connecticut: My 8 year old son Chase had his "Blue and Gold" Cub Scout banquet this month. The theme was "fiesta." We brought this donkey pinata cake - a hit!
Bake one cake mix in 9x13 pan. Bake one cake mix in 2 9 inch round pans (one will be extra). Let cool completely.
Cut 5 inch high by 3 inch wide piece out of bottom of 9x13 cake. Shave a bit off front and back of cake to shape like donkey body. Draw a donkey head on paper that is 9 in round. Remember the snout is short and the ears are long. Use pattern to cut your 9 inch round cake.
Assemble head onto body. Use cake scraps to make piece for back of neck and bump for tail. Connect all to cake with frosting.
Frost body of donkey. Place jelly beans vertically by color, from left side to right. Do just the legs first. Place same color jelly beans on sides of cake horizontally. Do 3 rows of color then change colors.
Place purple jelly beans in middle of donkey in shape of a saddle. Decorate the rest of the body with rows of jelly beans around the saddle.
Frost head of donkey. Cut and place purple licorice strips in formation of bridle and reins. Cut off end of marshmallow. Cut this into semicircle for the eye. Place brown candy in middle. Attach with frosting above bridle.
Decorate head with jelly beans in same color segments around bridle and on sides of cake.
Place 2 licorice twists end to end above back of donkey to look like it's hanging. Use frosting to adhere. Use frosting to "glue down" pieces of candy to look like it's falling out