Lion King Cake

 

A refreshing mango cake decorated to look like Simba from The Lion King!

Yield: Makes one 6-inch three layer cake

 

Things you'll need

Ingredients
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups honey mangoes (diced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon mango extract
Decorations
  • Orange frosting
  • Black food coloring
  • Orange, dark brown, light brown, black, beige, yellow, white, and pink fondant

Equipment

  • Three 6-inch round cake pans (Ro Baking Line by Wilton)

Let's get started!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line the cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the sugar and vegetable oil until light and fluffy about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Beat in the mango extract.
  6. Add the diced mangoes on low speed.
  7. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans and bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes.
  8. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Level off the tops with a cake leveler or a large serrated knife.

Time to decorate!

  1. Stack the cakes with a thin layer of orange frosting in between the layers. 
  2. Frost the cake completely and smooth with an offset spatula.
  3. For the ears, roll the orange fondant into a big "C" shape. Make the inner ear by using the light brown fondant and making a smaller "C" shape. Make a thin a strip from dark brown fondant and place it on the outer edge of the ear. Add some toothpicks on the bottom and let it air dry for 24 hours or more. 
  4. Use the light brown fondant as a base for the eyes. Take your black fondant and cut a rounded triangle shape. Add some thin strips of orange and yellow fondant for the highlight of the eyes and a small white dot for the reflection. Place a thin strip of cream fondant under the eyes.
  5. For the nose, roll the pink fondant and make a bean shape. Outline it with thin strips of dark pink fondant and use two black half circles for the nostrils.. Use the beige fondant to make the mouth and outline the mouth details using strips of black fondant.
  6. Connect the nose and mouth with a little bit of water and add a bit of brown fondant to the sides.
  7. Attach the ears to the sides of the cake and stick the face details using a little bit of frosting.

 

 

 

Written By Rosanna Pansino

Rosanna Pansino Merch