Orange Piggies Stuck in the Mud Surprise Cake


For the Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Unsalted Butter (to match weight of 4 eggs)
  • Caster Sugar (to match weight of 4 eggs)
  • Self Raising Flour (to match weight of 4 eggs)
  • Few drops of Orange extract to taste
  • 1 tbsp (extra if needed) whole milk


  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

To Fill

  • 200mls double cream
  • 200g Cooks milk chocolate buttons

For the Icing and Decoration

  • 7oz butter, softened
  • 14oz icing sugar
  • Simply Melt Milk Chocolate Flavour Method
  • 250g pink Renshaw fondant icing


For the Cakes

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas 5/190C and check the rack is in the middle of the oven. Use cake release to grease the cake tins.
  2. In a bowl add the butter, flour, sugar and eggs, along with 1 tsp of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Add a couple of drops of orange extract, then using a hand mixer, cream all ingredients together until lighter than when you started and creamy in appearance. The consistency should be what we call dropping consistency’ so it should easily come off the spoon, if not then add a few drops of milk until the desired consistency is met.
  3. Divide the mixture between the two cake tins. Bake for about 20 minutes until well risen and a toothpick comes out of the centre of the cake clean.
  4. Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

For the Filling

  1. Whip the cream to medium peaks with a handheld electric mixer and add some chocolate buttons. Once the cake is fully cooled fill the centre of the cake with the whipped cream and chocolate buttons filling. Pop the other cake on top and transfer it on your serving plate/platter
  2. To make the butter cream icing add the butter and icing sugar in a bowl and using a free standing mixer, mix the ingredients together for around 7 minutes. Once this has been mixed together, add the slightly cooled melted chocolate and mix for a few seconds. Then using a palette knife spread the icing on to the cake ensuring all the sides are covered. Use a regular knife to swirl the icing to look like mud’.
  3. Make piggies using the pink fondant icing, then use a toothpick to fashion eyes and a mouth. Pop on top of the cake!