How To Make A Gruffalo Cake That Kids Will Love

A chocolate cake covered in brown icing and decorated to look like the forest where the Gruffalo is set, fondant trees, plants and a tent sit on top of the cake.
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The Gruffalo is a much loved children’s fairy tale, and a firm favourite of many bookworms.

Written by well known children’s author, Julia Donaldson, the story of the little mouse trying to outwit the fox with his tale of the hungry Gruffalo is enjoyed by children around the world. If you want to bake a Gruffalo birthday cake for a Gruffalo party, kids and friends will love this Gruffalo creation.

Although there are plenty of Gruffalo cake or Gruffalo cake topper ideas available, we have chosen a simple Gruffalo cake recipe for little hands to help with. For more inspiration, check out more of Kidadl’s great cake ideas to make.

Follow our easy step-by-step cake guide that will impress the hungriest of Gruffalo fans!

Ingredients:

100g butter.

100g caster sugar.

Three eggs.

100g self raising flour.

1 tsp baking powder.

For The Cake Decoration:

Two bananas (for the teeth).

Black and orange icing.

Chocolate flakes.

Cocoa powder.

Length of liquorice.

One green Smartie or Jelly Bean (for the nose).

250g soft butter or margarine.

4 tbsp icing sugar.

Equipment:

Mixing bowl.

Measuring scales.

Whisk.

Large rectangular baking tray.

Greaseproof paper.

18cm cake tin.

A chocolate cake topped with chocolate icing, with wafers rolls around the side and candles spelling 'happy birthday' on top.
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How To Make A Gruffalo Cake:

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture looks fluffy.

3. Beat the eggs into the mixture, fold in the flour and baking powder.

4. Get your baking tray and cut your greaseproof paper to fit inside.

5. Spoon your fluffy mixture into the baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until it has a golden colour.

6. Once baked, take out and place your cake onto a cooling rack for it to cool down.

7. Carefully cut around an 18cm cake tin to form the Gruffalo’s head. With the remaining cake, you can cut out two ears and place them in position above the Gruffalo's head.

A birthday cake covered in white icing and decorated with nuts and gold trees to resemble a forest.
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How To Make The Gruffalo Icing And Fun Decorations:

Get a bowl and simply place four tablespoons of icing sugar with 250g of soft butter and a few drops of water. Stir all ingredients to make a thick paste.

Next, divide the icing into two bowls, and put 3/4 into one bowl and the remaining 1/4 into the other. Then add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the bowl with 3/4. This is for the brown colouring to make the Gruffalo’s face, and the other will be used for the cream coloured parts on his ears.

Attach the Gruffalo’s ears to the head using a bit of icing. Now the birthday cake is ready to be iced!

Spread the brown icing over the Gruffalo’s head and along the top of the ears. Use the cream coloured icing to cover the bottom of the ears. You can use black icing to draw the outline of the Gruffalo’s ears a little later.

Now it’s time to make the Gruffalo’s face! Once the icing has hardened, use your tubes of icing to pipe on the Gruffalo’s features. You can draw on a straight black line across the face for its nose. Above the mouth, draw two black circles for the outline of the eyes. These can be coloured in with the orange icing. With your black icing pipe, place a black dot in the middle of the eyes.  

Draw two lines above its eyes for the eyebrows. And in between the eyes and mouth, draw the outline of the nose and whiskers. To make the Gruffalo’s nose, you can pop on a green Jelly Bean or Smartie!

Now to make the Gruffalo’s scary teeth! Slice one banana in half (lengthwise) then cut both pieces in half again. Choose the bits of banana for the ‘tusks’ shape and place them on the top side of the Gruffalo’s mouth to point upwards. Cut the remaining bits of the banana into chunks of ‘teeth’. The liquorice is for the tongue to point down.

Then cut the second banana in half to use each half as a horn. Spread a bit of icing on the end of each banana before attaching them.  

And to top it all off, give the Gruffalo a tuft of hair between his horns using chocolate flake sprinkles.

Why Not Make A Gruffalo Cake Topper?

If you don't want to go all out and make a Gruffalo cake, you can just make a Gruffalo cake topper instead. Gruffalo toppers are simply made out of fondant and make great edible figures. These can sit on top of any birthday cake and make a perfect addition.

A yellow balloon with 'happy birthday' written on it, in the background is a birthday cake with lit candles.
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Top Tips And Recommendations For Your Gruffalo Cake

This cake can be stored at room temperature in a cake tin. It’s recommended to line the cake tin with greaseproof paper for better storage. Also, cakes last longer in cooler temperatures, so make sure you don’t leave it out in the summer or in a warm area. Otherwise, your lovely icing will melt and slide off or, worse still, your cakes will have a dry texture. It’s best to store in the fridge on those warmer days.

When stored in the fridge, cakes can usually keep fresh for around three to four days. If you want to store for a special occasion, you can freeze this cake for up to four months. Just make sure to thoroughly defrost the cake before tucking in!

A good tip is to always wrap your cake in cling film to store. This protective barrier will protect cakes from drying out.

The toothpick test is a good trick to know when your cake is ready to come out of the oven. Simply get a toothpick and stick it in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean when you pull it out, that means your cake is cooked right through.

Always remember to wait for your cakes to cool down for around 30 minutes before adding the icing. If you don’t, the cake may break or the icing may slide off.

Kids aged one and over can enjoy a bite of this Gruffalo cake, but perhaps limit the portion sizes for younger children as it is very sweet.

Other Gruffalo cake ideas include cupcakes, crumble muffins and a 3D Gruffalo cake. For the crumble muffins topping, all you’ll need is wholemeal flour, rolled oats, coconut oil and maple syrup.

Cakes come in all shapes and sizes, but nothing is more exciting than a 3D cake. Creating a 3D cake can be tricky but there are plenty of helpful tutorials online to help you make a great 3D Gruffalo cake - perfect for a Gruffalo party!

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