Kids Cake Ideas: Three Little Pigs


January 15, 2012

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Continuing our series of Kids Cake Ideas, Mary Kate, mum of 2, shows us her fabulous 3 Little Pigs cake. This would make a novel Birthday Cake.

Experience has taught me over the years that it doesn’t really matter what the cake looks like, as long as it’s covered in sweets!  So for the ‘brick’ house, we used chocolate, for the ‘twig’ house we used chocolate fingers and for the ‘straw’ house we used shoelaces.  All the decorations including pigs, paths and houses, were e-number free as they came from M&S which do a great range of sweet that are free from artificial colourings and flavourings.

Clearly this is a loose interpretation of the story of the 3 little pigs, but the kids loved it and it tasted yummy!

I made this using a ‘loaf cake’ mixture but you could just as easily do it using a maderia cake that you can buy in any supermarket.

3_little_pigs_cakeIngredients for the Cake

  • 125 g soft margarine (I used butter)
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 50g plain flour


  1. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy using a wooden spoon or electric mixer. Lightly beat the eggs with the milk in a separate bowl. Mix the flours together and gradually fold into the creamed mixture, alternating with the egg and milk mixture. Continue mixing until smooth.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a tin lined with a large piece of non stick baking paper snipped into the corners so that the base and sides are lined (I greased the tin before I did this). Level the top of the mixture with a (palette) knife/spatula.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 160c/gas 3 for 45 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out cleanly.
  4. {Variations: add 1 tsp vanilla essence/add the grated rind of half a medium orange and half a lemon/substitute 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder for the same quantity of plain flour}

Ingredients for the Butter icing

  • 50g butter (room temp)
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1teaspoon milk


  1. Beat all together; for variations you can also ad .5 tsp vanilla essence/2 tsp citrus rind plus the juice instead of milk/1 tsp cocoa powder dissolved in 1 tablesp water
  2. You can use any type of baking tin, it just depends on what type of ‘house’ you want to make.

Cake idea adapted from “30-minute kids’ cakes” by Sara Lewis published by Bounty Books

Related recipes: Lots more ideas in our Birthday Cake Ideas article

Did you have a go at making the 3 Little Pigs cake?  How did you get on?  Tell us in the comments below.

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