Hedgehog Birthday Cake Using Cadbury Chocolate Fingers

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Hedgehog Birthday Cake Using Cadbury Chocolate Fingers

I thought I had got away with it this year when little man spotted a hedgehog birthday cake in Tesco. Well I had for 5 minutes, until big man piped up and convinced that little man should get me to make a hedgehog birthday cake instead.

Chocolate Hedgehog Birthday Cake

I wasn't too worried as I was under the impression that it would be really easy. Not that it is hard, but it wasn't quite as easy as I had thought it would be. Common spikes seem to be chocolate buttons, Flakes and matchsticks. As Cadbury's chocolate fingers were on offer, I opted for them.

I made the sponge using a standard recipe in a round tin and cut a triangle shape for the hedgehogs nose. When it came to adding the buttercream it was really important for the sponge to be cold and hard (so stick it in the fridge or freezer) so that you could easily apply it on the cut pieces of sponge.

I think the icing leaves really helped the cake look more like a Hedgehog and luckily I had quite a few colours of icing around that I could use. I prepared these with CMC so that they would hold their shape rather than all be flat.

Little man was happy with his cake and his friends all knew what it was so I was happy too.

blocking out candle on birthday cake


Hedgehog Cake

  • 12oz self-raising flour
  • 12oz caster sugar
  • 12oz butter
  • 6 eggs

To decorate:

  • 6oz butter
  • 9oz icing sugar
  • 3oz cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 3 packets of Cadbury fingers
  • coloured icing to make eyes, nose and leaves.
  1. Take 2 x 8in spring form pans and line with grease proof paper.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, butter and eggs together and split the mixture between the two tins.
  3. Bake at 180C until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. Beat the butter and add in the icing sugar, cocoa powder and milk.
  5. Sandwich the two cakes together using a thin layer of buttercream. Then cut the hedgehogs nose in making a triangle.
  6. Put in the fridge/freezer to get cold so it's easier to ice.
  7. Cut the Cadbury fingers in half.
  8. Spread buttercream over the cake. Make sure it is smooth at the face. Stick in the Cadbury finger "prickles."
  9. Use coloured icing to make a nose and eyes and stick these in place with edible glue.
  10. To make the icing leaves prepare red, green, brown and orange icing with CMC. The take small balls and roll them out together. Cut of leaf shapes and add in detail and put in shape around the hedgehog.
coloured icing

I am pleased to say that big man is asking for an easy chocolate sweet cake for his Birthday. His main requirement was to have white chocolate fingers on his! 

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13 comments:

  1. This cake looks so cute, probably took quite a bit of effort to make but the result is gorgeous:)

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  2. This cake brings back memories for me, my mum always used to decorate such wonderful cakes for our birthdays, I often requested a hedgehog cake!

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    1. Yes we had them too - I think with buttons

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  3. Brilliant he is really cute and so much better than a shop bought one. Both to look at and taste. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare

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  4. aww that's fab! we always had hedgehog cakes (with chocolate button spines) growing up, and now my mum makes them for my kids too!

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  5. Very cute cake, I’m sure any kid would love that

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  6. What a fab birthday cake Louise! So much fun :-)
    Angela x

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  7. Such a lovely cute cake! I know either of my two kids would love this.

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  8. Oh this cake is awesome. My oldest would love this xx

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  9. Wow....this is the complete pack of delicious recipes. I liked your blog. Cadbury Chocolate Fingers is looking yummmm.

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