Hedgehog Birthday Cake

Unique and easy to plan, a Woodland themed party can be set up in the back garden with minimal fuss. Send kids hunting for objects found in nature and get them to create their own animal masks.

We can’t think of a more suitable cake to serve than this giant chocolate hedgehog!





Ingredients (serves 12-16):

150g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

150g plain chocolate, broken into pieces

150g plain flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

200g light muscovado sugar

2 large eggs

150g soured cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing and decoration...

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp hot water

150g unsalted butter, softened

300g icing sugar, sieved

2 x 134g boxes chocolate Flake bars

2 chocolate chips

2 gold or silver balls

1 round chocolate


  1. Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and base line a 1 litre heatproof glass pudding basin and a 450g loaf tin with baking parchment.
  2. Put the butter and chocolate into a saucepan and melt over a low heat, stirring. When the chocolate has all melted remove from the heat.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and muscovado sugar. In another bowl beat together the eggs, soured cream and vanilla extract. Pour the egg and chocolate mixtures into the flour and mix thoroughly together.
  4. Weigh 250g into the loaf tin, then spoon the rest of the mixture into the pudding basin.
  5. Cook both cakes side by side in the oven. The loaf cake will cook in about 30 mins and the basin cake in about 1 hour. Take the loaf cake out of the oven and close the oven door quickly so as not to allow the heat out. Test with a skewer inserted into the centre, it should come out clean. If not return to the oven for another five mins. Repeat with the basin cake after about another half an hour. Once each cake is cooked, allow to cool completely before turning out.
  6. To make the icing, mix together the cocoa and water to make a smooth paste. Beat the butter until soft and gradually beat in the icing sugar. Add the cocoa paste and beat until smooth.


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