First Birthday Lion Cake

 3 Ratings
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 55 min
  • Servings 8

Capture first birthday moments with this cake idea.


box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist® yellow cake mix
cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 medium)
cup vegetable oil
cup water
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
container (6 oz) Yoplait® Original 99% Fat Free French vanilla yogurt
Golden yellow gel or paste food color
Orange gel or paste food color
cup Cheerios™ cereal
pretzel sticks
brown candy coated pieces
Brown decorating gel


  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease with shortening or cooking spray bottom only of 1 (6-inch) round cake pan and place paper baking cups in 16 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cake mix, bananas, oil, water and eggs with electric mixer on low speed. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally until smooth. Place 1 3/4 cups batter in 6-inch round pan. Spoon remaining batter into 16 lined muffin cups. Bake round cake 35 to 40 minutes and cupcakes 18 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3 In small bowl, beat cream cheese and yogurt on medium speed with electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Stir in yellow food color until mixture is desired color. Place 3 tablespoons of yellow frosting in small bowl; add orange food color to get desired orange color.
  • 4 To frost and decorate cake, slice 6-inch round cake horizontally to remove rounded top. Place cake cut side down on plate. Use yellow frosting to frost top and sides of cake. Use orange frosting to make muzzle of lion. Place cereal around top edges of cake to form the lion's mane. Add brown candy coated pieces for eyes. Insert pretzel sticks into cake near muzzle for whiskers. Use brown decorating gel to make mouth, nose and whisker spots on the lion face. Use remaining frosting to frost cupcakes. If desired, use cereal to decorate the cupcakes. Store cake and cupcakes in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Short on time? Substitute Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting in place of the frosting in recipe. Add food color to get desired color.

No 6-inch round cake pan? Use 8-inch round cake pan. Fill pan with 2 1/2 cups batter; bake 25 to 30 minutes. Use remaining batter to make 15 cupcakes. Make a paper template for a 6-inch circle. Place template on 8-inch cake and use it to cut out 6-inch round cake.

Nutrition Information

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Yoplait is a registered trademark of YOPLAIT MARQUES (France) used under license.
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