How to Make an Adorable Groundhog Day Cake

Whether it's six more weeks of winter or spring on the horizon, this critter-topped cake is a fun way to mark the occasion.

Groundhog Day Cake

If you've ever wanted to make a cake to commemorate Groundhog Day, we've got you covered. To properly celebrate the little critter with a big responsibility, follow along with the step-by-step directions provided.

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What You'll Need


4 x 6-inch cake rounds, cooled (choose any recipe you like)

Chocolate Buttercream frosting (use the large batch recipe included)

6 cups (12 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

2 pounds (1 bag) confectioners' sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon table salt

Food coloring: Brown, Green


1 x white Airhead candy

2 x Chocolate Whoppers

2 x brown M&M’s

Edible black marker

Chocolate cookie crumbs

Sugar flowers


Plastic piping bags (and rubber bands to close them)

Grass decorating tip

Offset spatula

Parchment paper




Baking & Prep

Prepare your favorite cake recipe — divide the batter between four round 6-inch cake pans. Bake and cool the cake rounds. Once the pans are cool enough to touch, transfer the cakes to a wire rack and allow the cakes to completely cool before you begin decorating.

Prep the Buttercream Frosting: Make one large batch of chocolate buttercream. Beat the butter for a few minutes on medium speed, preferably using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. On slow speed, gradually add the confectioners' sugar 1 to 2 cups at a time, and then slowly add the cocoa powder and salt. Once combined, increase the speed to medium and beat for an additional 3 minutes.

Fill two piping bags with the chocolate buttercream.

Add roughly 2 cups of the chocolate buttercream into a bowl with a few drops of green food coloring and stir to combine. Insert a grass decorating tip into a plastic piping bag, then fill it with the green frosting. Use a rubber band to close.

Cover any remaining chocolate buttercream until you’re ready to use it.

Frost the Cake

First, create the tree stump cake base. Working on a cake stand or plate, layer and frost three of the cake rounds with the chocolate buttercream. Frost the exterior of the cake and smooth the frosting with a spatula.

Decorating: Step 1

To create the wood grain for the stump, pipe lines of chocolate buttercream onto parchment.

Decorating: Step 2

Use a paintbrush to add dashes of brown food coloring to the piped line.

Decorating: Step 3

Blend the color into each line with a spatula. Freeze the buttercream for 15 minutes.

Decorating: Step 4

Trim the buttercream pieces to the height of your cake using a sharp knife. Working quickly, position the pieces around the cake.

Decorating: Step 5

Once all the pieces have been added, gently smooth the buttercream with a spatula.

Tip: If your buttercream becomes too warm and the pieces aren’t easily coming off the parchment, place back in the freezer until firm.

Run a fork in a spiral motion across the top of the cake to create tree rings. Place the cake in the refrigerator to set for 15 minutes

Decorating: Step 6

Make the Groundhog: Add the remaining fourth cake round into a bowl. Break down the cake with your hands. Add roughly 1/4 cup of the buttercream frosting into the bowl. Mix with your hands until the cake is pliable and able to be molded without crumbling.

Decorating: Step 7

From the mixture, mold: 2 x small oval shaped arm pieces, 1 x dome shaped piece for the body, and 1 x round piece for the head.

Decorating: Step 8

Add the face of the groundhog to the round cake ball with candy, using buttercream to secure all candy in place. Cut teeth and eyes from a white Airheads candy and position in place on the cake ball, along with two chocolate whoppers candy for cheeks, and two brown M&M’s pieces for ears.

Mold a small piece from the cake mixture for the nose. Use a black edible marker for the eyes. Freeze the molded cake pieces for 15 minutes.

Decorating: Step 10

To assemble the cake, insert a skewer into the center of the tree stump base. Add the groundhog body and head onto the skewer, using buttercream in between each of the pieces to properly secure them into place.

Finishing Touches

Lastly, sprinkle chocolate cookie crumbs around the groundhog to resemble dirt. Pipe on green buttercream for the grass, and add the sugar flowers (as well as any other edible details you’d like).

Serve and Enjoy

Will this adorable Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow before he's eaten?