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Penguin Themed Birthday Cake

So here it is, the birthday cake for Little S’s birthday party – the theme was penguins. They stuffed their own cuddly toys and the games were Penguin-themed, so they had to feature on the cake!

My girls have never had the delight of a shop-bought novelty celebration cake, so I’ve always made a big effort to make them as pretty/cute as possible (here are some others I’ve made). I can be pretty critical of my own cakes but this one also tasted pretty good with a moist but crumbly texture. The children were really pleased to get a little penguin with their slice of cake – what could be better than a cute edible creature!

It’s a base of chocolate chip chocolate sponge, sandwiched and masked with velvety white buttercream, and then covered and decorated with roll out icing. The icing has the advantage of being allergen-free and effectively just like play dough making moulding figures pretty easy.

Chocolate Birthday Cake (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

makes one cake

  • 330g self-raising flour
  • 5 tbsps cocoa powder
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g dairy-free chocolate, chopped
  • 290ml oat milk
  • 2 tbsps soya yogurt
  • 100g dairy-free spread, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

– Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade/Gas Mark 5

– Grease and line a deep cake tin

– Sift together the flour, cocoa, bicarb and salt

– Stir in the sugar

– Stir in the chopped chocolate

– In a separate bowl, mix together the oat milk, melted dairy-free spread, soya yogurt and vanilla.

– Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix gently until well combined.

– Pour into the cake tin and bake for 40-50 minutes, until a knife comes out clean

– Cool in the cake tin.

– Cut in half and fill with, and ice the top with velvety white buttercream

– Decorate as desired.

21 Responses

  1. Seriously watching pingu right now with my little one. That cake looks just like the penguins on pingu. SO stinking adorable. Lucy, you’re amazing. Your girls are so lucky to have such an amazing chef for a mum!

  2. Oh my gosh! Your daughters have way better birthday cakes than the silly ones from the stores. Everyone else will be jealous! The penguin cake is adorable! I love it! 😀


  3. MY 10 YEAR OLD SON FOUND YOUR CAKE ON TH INTERNET. He loves penguins and is a very picky!
    I AM making this tonight! Usually I complete my b day kids cake at 3AM on the day! Fingers crossed. I have about 6 hours!

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