How to make a Pokemon cake

Updated June 28, 2018

With so many kids watching Pokemon and buying all the latest Pokemon toys, it's no surprise that Pokemon birthdays are almost as popular as the TV show. If you would like to try to make a Pokemon cake, follow the simple steps below.

Find a picture of Pikachu, or another character from the show. Choose a picture that has a good level of detail to use as your template. Save the picture.

Open the picture. If it needs to be bigger to fit the cake and to have large, bold details, edit it to make it larger, then print it out. Alternatively, use it as is, place the template on top of the cake and cut around the character wider out from the template. This will be the template you use to place on top of your cake and cut around to create the character outline.

Bake the cake in a 23-by-33-cm (9-by-13-inch) pan. You will cut the cake into the correct shape after it comes out of the oven and cools off. Use any flavour you wish.

After the cake has cooled, place the Pokemon template on top of the cake. Carefully cut around the template. The cake will be in the outline of the Pokemon character. You can cut the entire character out in one big shape. You can use the extra cake pieces to create background scenes such as grass, trees, the sun or clouds.

Use food colouring to dye vanilla icing in order to decorate the details on the Pokemon character. The picture you printed out is your guide to how to colour the character on the cake. To start icing, divide the vanilla icing into one small bowl for each colour you need. Add two to three drops of food colouring to each bowl and mix well. Use chocolate icing anytime you need black.

Start icing the cake, using the picture as reference. Use a spatula to spread a colour of icing to each portion of the cake. Try not to mix the colours as you spread the icing on the cake. Start at the top and work your way down the cake. When making the face, if you have a good eye and some artistic ability, ice it freehand. If not, take your template and cut out details like the eyes and nose, then lay the template on the cake and ice the holes in the template. That way, you are stencilling in the details that are too hard to freehand.


Ice the sides of the cake as well. Bring the colour that was used on top of the cake down to the sides. You may choose to use icing tubes and other decorative tools.


If you use the template as a stencil to icing the cake, be careful when you pick the stencil up off the cake to avoid leaving a blemish on the cake.

Things You'll Need

  • 23-by-33-cm (9-by-13-inch) cake pan
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Printer with paper
  • Scissors
  • Cake ingredients
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Knife
  • Small bowls for icing
  • Vanilla icing
  • Food colouring
  • Spatula
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About the Author

Susan Lundman began writing about her passions of cooking, gardening, entertaining and recreation after working for a nonprofit agency, writing grants and researching child development issues. She has written professionally for six years since then. Lundman received her M.A. from Stanford University.