Lion Birthday Cake Design

by Karen Tack

Lion Birthday Cake Design

Sweet! How to make a lion birthday cake with chow-mein noodles. Easy, step-by-step recipe, diagrams and pictures

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Serves 16


  • 1 (9-inch) round cake
  • 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • Orange food coloring*
  • 1 can (5 oz) crunchy chow-mein noodles
  • 2 Junior Mints
  • 1 small tube brown decorating icing
  • 3 red Starburst or Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews
  • 6 brown M&M's Minis
  • 2 gummy peach-flavored rings [Note: there's no official name for this]

What you'll need:

  • A bread knife
  • A resealable sandwich-size bag (Ziploc)
  • A serving platter

*If you can't find orange food coloring, use a mixture of red and yellow food coloring to achieve the right color.

Trimming the cake:

  1. Place the cake on a clean work surface. Using the bread knife, trim a 1 by 5-inch long piece on an angle from opposite sides of the cake to create the lion's jawline (see picture). Discard scraps.

For the frosting:

  1. Spoon 3 Tbsp of the untinted vanilla frosting into a resealable plastic bag. Add the food coloring to the remaining frosting to tint it orange.

Assembling the cake:

  1. Place the cake on a serving platter. Spread the cake evenly with the orange frosting.
  2. Poke the chow-mein noodles into the sides of the cake for the mane; insert more chow-mein noodles into a widow's-peak shape into the top 2 inches of the cake to create the lion's forehead.

For the face:

  1. Snip a small corner from the bag of untinted vanilla frosting. Pipe two 1 ½-inch circles for the lion's eyes.
  2. Place the Junior Mints onto the circles for the irises. Pipe a small dab of vanilla frosting on each Junior Mint to add sparkle to the eyes. Place a chow-mein noodle above each eye for the lion's eyebrows.
  3. Using the brown decorating icing, pipe a W shape for the lion's mouth, as pictured.
  4. Microwave the red Starburst for 2 to 3 seconds to soften slightly. Knead the Starburst together to make a 1 ½-inch triangle and place it in the center of the cake for the nose.
  5. Add the M&M's Minis for freckles. To finish, lay the gummy peach rings on the upper left and right corners of the cake for the lion's ears.


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