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Lion Cupcake Cake

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.


  • 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).
  • Secure cupcakes to base with icing on the bottom.
  • Spread peanut butter icing to form lion face, including 2 ears.
  • Place a large piece of wax paper over the cupcakes and spread the peanut butter icing by carefully rolling a rolling pin.
  • Fill a bag with buttercream icing and fit with a grass tip.
  • Pipe frosting in outside layers to make the lion’s hair.
  • Mark the lion’s 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 in to complete the facial features.
  • Cover until ready to serve.