“I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!” DIY Lion Cake

"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

When you want a little splash at your kiddo’s next birthday party, make this super cute and simple-to-create lion cake! Animal themed parties doesn’t have to mean jungle print insanity and using every animal in the animal kingdom! Keep it minimal and sweet – two or three shades of balloons, a garland or two, and this cake.

What You Need

  • (1) 8 inch round baked and cooled cake, from a box or from scratch.
  • 5 cups of vanilla buttercream – 2 cups left plain coloured, and 3 cups tinted orange – use a small amount of orange gel food color to tint.
  • An offset spatula or butter knife
  • A piping bag fitted with a large open star tip – I used Ateco #829.
  • 3 inch ball of orange colored fondant
  • 2 inch ball of black colored fondant
  • 2 inch ball of white colored fondant
  • 2 wooden BBQ sticks
  • A small rolling pin
  • A small amount of cornstarch for working with fondant
  • A large 3 inch circle cookie cutter (optional)
"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

Step 1
Start by frosting and filling your baked and cooled cake. Use an offset spatula or butter knife to get the top of the cake as smooth as possible, but don’t worry too much about the sides as you will be covering them later.

"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

Step 2
Prepare your fondant details. Roll out your white fondant and using your cookie cutter, punch out two circle shapes. Alternately, simply divide the white fondant into two, roll into balls (use a little cornstarch to avoid stickiness) and flatten with your palms into cheek-like discs.

Divide your orange fondant into two balls; squash down with your palms to flatten them slightly. Insert wooden sticks into them and set aside. Finally, divide the black fondant into four small pieces – roll two of them into balls for eyes. The third, shape into a triangle with indents for the nose. The remaining piece, divide into four and roll into thin snake-like shapes for whiskers.

"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake "I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

Step 3
Fill your piping bag fitted with the large open star tip with the orange tinted buttercream. Begin piping the entire sides of your cake – start from the bottom and pipe rows upward.

"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake "I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

Continue until the sides are fully piped!

"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

Step 4
On the top of the cake, pipe one row going all around the top of the cake to give the lion a more “hairy mane” look.

"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

Step 5
Place the white fondant “cheeks” on the cake; press down lightly to adhere to buttercream.

"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

Step 6
Place the eyes and nose on the cake – again, press down lightly to stick to buttercream!

"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake "I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

Step 7
Now let’s put the whiskers on. Use a chopstick or toothpick to apply a tiny line of water (this acts as glue once it mixes with fondant and dries again) on the fondant cheeks. Place the black whiskers on top of the tiny amount of water. Place the fondant ears into the sides of the cake and you are ready to ROAR!

"I Am, Lion Hear Me Roar!" DIY Lion Cake

Hope you enjoyed this simple and sweet lion cake DIY! Would love to see how you use it for your next party! See you again soon for more cake decorating fun.

  • http://www.itscarmen.com ≈ CARMEN ≈

    I guarantee you that my cake will not end up looking this good. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  • http://www.cococakeland.com Coco Cake Land

    carmen! i beg to differ! ^__^ it’s really a simple one – hope you give it a try!

  • http://www.zauberbear.blogspot.com/ Carly @ Zauberbear

    Cutie cute cute! I love how sweet it looks, both meanings of the word to be interpreted!

  • Kelly Rae

    so freaking cute! I’m pinning it :)

  • http://KristinFleming.com/ Kristin

    Cute! I love his face.

  • http://braumeisterswife.com Rachel Rose

    Thank you for sharing your techniques!! I love this cake!

  • http://misakomimoko.blogspot.com/ Misako Mimoko Eva

    this is too cute! love it, Lyndsay!! xx

  • http://www.cococakeland.com Coco Cake Land

    thank you so much carly! ^__^

  • http://www.cococakeland.com Coco Cake Land

    thank you! :)

  • http://www.cococakeland.com Coco Cake Land

    yay! thanks so much, kelly rae! xo

  • http://www.cococakeland.com Coco Cake Land

    thanks kristin! i love his face too! :)

  • http://www.cococakeland.com Coco Cake Land

    thank you, stephanie! :)

  • http://www.cococakeland.com Coco Cake Land

    rachel, i am so glad it is appreciated – thanks for the comment! :)

  • http://www.cococakeland.com Coco Cake Land

    thank you sweet eva!!!

  • http://www.cococakeland.com Coco Cake Land

    wonderful! hope you get around to making it! ^__^