A creatively designed cake can be a delicious centrepiece for any occasion. A lion cake complements a child's jungle or zoo-themed party or perhaps someone with the astrological sign of Leo. Create a 3D lion with a cake mould or use drawing skills to pipe on a frosting lion. Elaborate or simple, there is a lion cake to suit your comfort level.
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Fondant Lion Face
Create a lion's face on a round double-layer cake using frosting and fondant. Begin by frosting the top and sides of the cake yellow. Place a circle of light brown fondant at the centre of the cake. Form a triangular-shaped nose at the centre of the circle by pushing the fondant in and up. Form lion ears out of the brown fondant, placing them slightly above the face. Pipe strips of frosting from the edge of the face out to the edge of the cake and around the ears, forming the lion's mane. Use white and black fondant to create eyes, a mouth, the tip of the nose and whiskers.
3D Baby's Lion
Perch a 3D baby lion atop a round cake for a stunning first birthday cake. Find a 3D bear mould pan and make a cake in it. Pipe the entire cake in yellow stars, then add orange fondant strips around the face and ears for the mane. Pipe black frosting eyes, nose and mouth. Cover one or two round cakes with frosting or fondant. Place the lion on top.
Chow Mein Mane
Decorate a lion's face on a round cake using chow mein noodles for the mane and candy for the other features. Start by trimming a 1-by-5-inch slice at an angle from each side of the cake to form the lion's jawline. Then frost the top and sides of the cake orange. Poke chow mein noodles all around the sides of the cake to create the mane. At the top centre, place the noodles into a widow's peak shape to form the lion's forehead. Pipe vanilla frosting circles for the eyes, then place two chocolate mints on top, adding two chow mein noodles above each eye for brows. Create the nose by microwaving three red fruit chews for a few seconds and moulding them into a triangular nose. Finish off by adding two gummy rings for ears, three brown mini candy-coated chocolates on each side for whiskers and a piped-on mouth.
Use a soccer ball cake pan to produce a mound for this lion-faced cake. Frost it smoothly with a light brown frosting, building it up in the centre to create a nose. The mane is created with tinted coconut, frosted cookies with marshmallow centres resemble ears, and chocolate nougat candy is rolled flat and shaped into a rectangle for the tip of the nose. Pipe thin black icing for the mouth and whiskers. Cut and roll marshmallows for the eyes with black frosting for pupils.
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