Cupcake Cake Lion Recipe | Fun Cupcake Recipe

Looking for a great cupcake idea that would be fun for both kids and adults? Then look no further than Leon the Lion! Leon is a friendly lion, but he’s also a cupcake cake, one that’s easy to make and certain to thrill everyone who sees it. Check out our instructions or our video to learn how to make this delightful cupcake cake!

Fun Lion Cupcake Cake Recipe (“Leon the Lion”)

Ingredients you will need:

  • 14″ x 18″ serving base
  • Waxed paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic piping bag with tips
  • 19 standard chocolate cupcakes in liners
  • 3 C. chocolate buttercream frosting
  • 1 1/2 C. peanut butter icing
  • Black decorating icing with tips

Bake 19 standard chocolate cupcakes in liners. Place on serving base in the pattern pictured below (3-4-5-4-3).

An arrangement of chocolate cupcakes.

Secure cupcakes to base with icing on the bottom.

Kristi adds frosting to a cupcake.

Spread peanut butter icing to form lion face, including 2 ears.

Kristi spreads frosting with the Rada Super Spreader.

Place a large piece of wax paper over the cupcakes and spread the peanut butter icing by carefully rolling a rolling pin.

Kristi spreads frosting with a rolling pin.

Fill a bag with buttercream icing and fit with a grass tip.

Kristi prepares a frosting bag.

Pipe frosting in outside layers to make the lion’s hair.

Kristi makes lion hair with frosting.

Mark the lion’s facial features with a toothpick.

Lion Cupcake Cake step 9

Change the tip of the icing bag to a large, round tip to pipe the top portion of the lion’s nose.

Kristi makes a nose with chocolate icing.

Pipe black icing in to complete the facial features.

Kristi makes whiskers for cupcake lion.

Serve Leon and enjoy!

Kristi poses with completed Leon the Lion Cupcake Cake.

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Lion Cupcake Cake Recipe Video Transcript

Start Video Transcript

Hi, it’s Kristi in the Rada Cutlery Kitchen, and today I want to show you how to make a cute cupcake cake called “Leon the Lion.”

First, arrange 19 standard cupcakes on a serving base. Lay 5 cupcakes vertically down the middle. Next, add 4 cupcakes to each side, and end with 3 cupcakes at the outside edge. Smooth peanut butter icing to form the lion face, including 2 ears. Place a large piece of wax paper over the face and gently roll over it with a rolling pin. Fill a bag with chocolate buttercream icing and fit it with a “grass” tip.

Pipe the frosting on the outside in layers to form the lion’s hair. Mark facial features with a toothpick. Change the tip of the icing bag to a large, round tip to pipe the top portion of the lion’s nose. Pipe black icing from the tube to complete the facial features.

And there you have Leon the Lion, a fun treat that both kids and adults will love. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and visit us at our website at

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