How to Make Pig Shaped Birthday Cakes

Updated February 21, 2017

When most people think of a cake, they often think of one of two shapes: a short, wide cylindrical figure, or a long rectangular figure. However, you can use cakes to express yourself as creatively as you would a painting or wad of clay. Speciality cakes have fun and inventive shapes and figures to celebrate a particular event or in honour of a certain person.

Pre-heat the oven on to 177 degrees Celsius.Spray all your cake tins and cupcake tins with cooking spray. Pour your batter into each tin, so that all the pans are full, but not going to spill on the way to the oven.

Bake for 33 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle of each cake comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool and set them aside.

Scoop out a large wad of your pink fondant icing and roll it out so that it's a circle at least 18 inches in diameter. Shake the large cake out of it's pan and onto a cake platter. Place this large sheet of fondant over the cake and tuck it underneath the edges for a smooth finish.

Scoop out a slightly smaller wad of fondant and roll it out to a circle shape around 14 or 15 inches. Shake the smaller cake pan out on top of the larger cake and cover it with this layer of fondant, tucking the edges in.

Shake your cupcakes out of their tins. Place one cupcake in the lower portion of the top cake, to act as the snout of the pig. Place the other two cupcakes evenly spaced apart at the bottom of the larger cake, to represent hooves. Roll out enough fondant to cover all these parts. Place the fondant over each cupcake and tuck it in.

Fill an icing bag with dark chocolate icing. Squeeze a thin line of icing along the lower edge of the two bottom hooves. Add dabs of icing anywhere that is not properly covered in fondant.

Stick two black liquorice candies where the eyes of the pig should be. Add two pink candies to represent the holes of the snout.

Cut out two small triangle shapes out of pink fondant. Stick them on either side of the pig's face. These will act as the ears.


These steps will work with any standard cake recipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Cake batter
  • Cooking spray
  • Spoon
  • Round cake pan 12 inches diameter
  • Round cake pan 7 to 8 inches in diameter
  • Cupcake tins
  • 0.454kg. Pink fondant
  • Rolling pin
  • Cake platter
  • Dark chocolate icing
  • Icing bag
  • Liquorice candies
  • Pink candies
  • Knife
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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."