How to Make a Lion Guard Cake

How to make a lion guard cake

Shall I tell you a secret? I didn’t even know what The Lion Guard was until my soon to be three year old godson asked for a Lion Guard cake for his birthday. The good news is that you don’t have to know a lot about the Lion Guard or a lot about making cakes to pull this beauty off!

I must confess that all this birthday cake making has had me and David in a Mexican stand off of the most delicious kind. Having “engineered” three cakes, David now considers himself to be a full time cake boss, whereas I, having made the cakes and the buttercream, purchased the decorations and planned the design, see David’s role, one of cake dresser, rather than cake boss. On this one my friends, we will have to agree to disagree!

One thing we always agree on is using  Nigella’s Buttermilk Birthday Cake for building wonders like these, because it holds it’s shape and keeps really well. If you want to make it ahead of time, it will keep well for a few days uniced and it is also very  freezer friendly if you want to be extra organised.

The Lion Guard figures were not cheap but they totally made the cake. There were extra figures left over, and when paired up with the figures atop the baked goods, they made a great (and much loved) gift for the birthday boy.

This tutorial assumes that your cakes are made and you have a batch of buttercream whipped,(check the ingredients list for all the links to recipes you’ll ever need!) and that we’re good to go. Let’s make this cake!

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2 quantities x Nigella’s Buttermilk Birthday Cake  (26cm x 30cm tin)

1 quantity x Nigella’s Buttermilk Birthday Cake (2 x 18cm round tins)

1/3 cup strawberry jam


2 batches of buttercream icing

black food colouring

green food colouring

black food colouring


100g coconut

250g chocolate fingers

150g candy rocks (I used these)


You will also need:

1 x 26cm x 30 cm cake tin

2 x 19cm round tins

1 large tray or cake board

a piping bag and nozzle

palette knife

Lion Guard toys (I used these)

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How to: Assembling the Cake

  1. Level the cakes if necessary. Cut two circles from each of the circular cakes using a 12cm plate or saucer. Set the small round cakes aside (and taste test the left overs!)
  2. Place five blobs of buttercream on the tray, one in each of the four corners, and one in the centre of where the cake will be. This is going to be the “glue” that holds the main cake in place. Place one of the rectangular cakes on to the buttercream “glue.”
  3. Cover the cake generously with jam. Don’t spread the jam right to the edge, leave a border of about 1cm.
  4.  Carefully, turn the other rectangular cake over and spread with buttercream and then place the buttercream face down on the jam.
  5. Now you’ll need to give the cake a “crumb coat” or what I like to refer to as “dirty icing.” Using a palette knife, spread a thin layer of buttercream first over the top and then over the sides of the cake to seal in any loose crumbs. Remove any excess frosting with the palette knife.
  6. Repeat the jam and buttercream with the two small rounds. Once the circles are sandwiched together, “shave” the cake with a knife so that the sides are uneven and it looks very rock like.
  7. Give the rock a crumb coat too before you position it on the cake. Place a blob of buttercream on the crumb coated cake and position the rock in place.
  8. When the cake and the rock are assembled and the crumb coat is done, pop the cake into the fridge for about 30 minutes.

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How to: Decorating the Cake

  1. Position Kion the Lion into the rock. Our toy Kion had a deep base so we embedded that into the cake.
  2. Take a quarter of  the  buttercream and add a few drops of black food colouring to make grey buttercream.  Use a palette knife to cover the rock in grey icing. Don’t worry, if it’s not smooth, it will look rustic and rock like. Leave a gap for the stream.

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  1. Take another quarter of the buttercream and add some blue food colouring. Using the palette knife, apply the blue icing from the top of the rock, all the way down across the cake to the far diagonal corner.

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  1. Add some drops of green food colouring to the remaining buttercream and cover the remaining top and sides of the cake with green buttercream. You don’t have to be too precious about this because the top will be covered with coconut “grass” and the sides are going to be covered with chocolate fingers.
  2. Add a few drops of green food colouring to the coconut and mix well. Sprinkle the green coconut to make grass around the rock and either side of the stream. Position Beshte (the hippo) and Fuli (the cheetah) in position.

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  1. Place the candy rocks around the base of the rock and along either side of the stream.
  2. Place the candy rocks around the perimeter of the base of the cake.
  3. Cut the chocolate fingers in half and then place the  fingers vertically on top of the candy rocks all the way around the cake.
  4. Pop the cake in to the fridge for about 30 minutes to allow everything to set.

Who’s the Cake Boss in your house? Have you seen the Lion Guard? If you could have any cake for your birthday, what would you choose?

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  • We were lucky enough to attend the Lion Guard premiere. Miss 4 just saw this over my shoulder and went “WOW!!” It looks fab! And I bet it tasted good. That’s the challenge, IMO. So many look great and taste very ordinary!

    • Wow! How fancy! Did Miss 4 love it too?! That’s what I love about the cake and the buttercream, they taste as good as they look, and even the chocolate rocks were really yummy!

  • What a great looking cake but I must admit I’ve never heard of The Lion Guard. It must be a relatively new movie as my kids who are now all in their teens were never exposed to it.


  • I have no idea what a Lion Guard is but the cake looks good! Love how the water spills over the edge of the cake.

  • Cake boss and cake dresser, you sure do make an awesome team!! Love the cake, but hiding it from my kids, they might want me to do the same!!

  • Katie @ Coffee With Katie

    This is an awesome cake!!! Well done!

  • That looks so cool. And I’m glad you had taste test the leftovers in there as an important part of baking 🙂

  • Very impressive!!! My one and only foray into making fancy cakes was for my son’s 5th birthday, I made a pirate face from the Women’s Weekly cookbook. I still remember how shocked I was by the amount of butter in the icing – I guess it’s called butter cream for a reason 😉

    • Buttery by name, buttery by nature! We’ve enjoyed making the cakes so much, we’re thinking about working our way through the AWW book, just for fun!

  • Great job!!! We were introduce to the Lion Guard when we were invited to see the premiere of the first episode at Fox Studios at the beginning of last year. You’ve re-created it perfectly with the cake!

  • Can you please come fly up to brisbane and make birthday cakes for my boys? This looks SO GOOD!

  • Oh wow, this looks awesome! I must be lucky as I’ve never heard of Lion Guard – although by the time my eldest’s 4th birthday rolls around who knows what he’ll want, haha! 🙂

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    This was an epic cake! I couldn’t stop staring at it to be honest! And I had no idea what Lion Guard was but I’m not really up to speed on the world of kids 🙂

  • You are such an awesome cake decorator – and so so sweet for making these beautiful cakes!