My kids love the new Lion Guard show on Disney Junior. Zuka Zama! I have this thing about homemade cakes for birthdays. I recognize that a store-bought cake would most likely better match the desires of my kids on their birthday, but my mom always made us a homemade birthday cake, so for me it’s a kind of tradition. For this cake, I cheated a little bit. I bought the cakes, and assembled them into a cute Lion Guard cupcake cake to save time. Baby number 3 after all 😉
To Make the Lion Guard Cupcake Cake
What you need:
- one round cake (we used a mini store-bought round cake)
- enough cupcakes to fit around the circumference of your round cake
- vanilla frosting
- yellow and orange food coloring (Want a natural dye? Try this one.)
- piping bag with star tip
- black icing gel
- candy eyeballs
What to do:
- Frost the sides of the round cake. (If store-bought, slice the top of the cake off to get rid of the frosting).
- Cut off enough of the top of the cake so that it is the same height as the cupcakes.
- If cupcakes are store-bought, remove frosting.
- Add orange food coloring to half of the vanilla frosting, and yellow to the other half.
- Frost the cake with orange frosting.
- Assemble the cupcakes around the side of the cake.
- Using the piping bag, staring at the inside of the cupcakes, frost the cupcakes with the yellow frosting in an outward direction.
- Continue until it looks like a lion mane (see photo below).
- Add the candy eyes, and a lion mouth with the black icing gel.
The finished product was really quite cute!
The adults ate the cupcakes, and the face was perfect as a smash cake!