Lion Cupcakes - Roarrrr!

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Mom2Rose

I made these sweet cupcakes for my daughter's first birthday (there was a jungle theme)!! They were a hit!! Use your favorite cupcake mix/recipe to make these! The decorations are listed below - just adjust the quantity of decorations to cover the amount of cupcakes you are making.

Top Review by Julie Tremmel

These came out sooooo cute! I made these for my son's 1st grade class for September birthday babies (the school mascot is are the Linder Lions so I thought it worked well). Made exactly as directed except some of the lions had blue or green eyes too. They were a huge hit with kids and teacher alike. Would make again for sure thanks for a unique and easy recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 24 cupcakes, premade
  • 1 (14 ounce) bag flaked coconut
  • 1 (16 ounce) container chocolate frosting (or caramel frosting)
  • 96 pieces thin black licorice (approx 3/4-inch)
  • 48 small white gumdrops
  • 48 brown miniature M&M's chocolate candies (or brown reeses pieces)
  • pink icing


  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Toast coconut on a cookie sheet in a single layer for 6-10 minutes until lightly brown (stir coconut every 2-3 minutes while toasting).
  3. Frost cupcakes with frosting.
  4. Roll edges of cupcake in toasted coconut to make the lion's "mane".
  5. Place 2 gum drops side by side in the lower/middle of the cupcake.
  6. Place 2 licorice "whiskers" on each side tucked partially under the gum drops to adhere.
  7. Place 2 m&m "eyes" above the gumdrops.
  8. Place a dab of pink icing below eyes and above the gumdrops to make the "nose".

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