Groundhog Day Shadow Cakes

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day!  Will  Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not?  Are looking forward to six more weeks of winter or are you ready to see some spring flowers?  I’m sure some of you are ready for the cold weather to end, especially after the recent snow storms.  Here in California, snow pack is much-needed for the water supply.  We will just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us!  Whether you are hoping for winter or spring …  start your morning with Groudhog Day Shadow Cakes!

Groundhog Day Shadow Cakes - SweetSimpleStuff

I’m multi-tasking right now … watching the Super Bowl and writing this post.  It’s probably a good time to run to the grocery store and buy the supplies to make these guys … bet the stores are pretty empty!  Hostess Coffee Cakes were the perfect choice … cinnamon sugar looks like dirt!  I had some green frosting left over from my Football Scoring Play Brownies … otherwise I would have just bought a tube from the store because very little frosting is used.

Groundhog Day Cupcakes - SweetSimpleStuff

Teddy Grahams don’t look like bears, after teeth are added.  Flowers sprinkles are just cute and I know that some of you are pulling for spring!  Now, let me tell you … making those eyes and teeth were a little tricky for my old eyes … natural sunlight and $1 cheater glasses got me thru it, lol!  I hope your eyeballs are better than mine!

This is what you will need …

  • 8 Hostess Coffee Cakes (individually wrapped cinnamon cakes)
  • 8 Teddy Grahams (chocolate flavored)
  • 1 Tablespoon each – white & dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup green frosting (homemade or store-bought)
  • Flower sprinkles

Ground Hog Cupcakes - SweetSimpleStuff

  1. Use a toothpick to apply melted white chocolate on Teddy Grahams for eyes and teeth (use a clean toothpick to create a line between teeth if necessary), let harden.  Use another toothpick to apply dark chocolate on eyes and nose, let harden.
  2. Use a knife to make a small slice in the top of cake and insert teddy graham.
  3. Add grass … I used a “grass” tip (Ateco #133, Wilton #233) with a disposable bag.  If you don’t have one … use a very small star tip or just snip the tip off of the bag … it all works!  Sprinkle a few flowers around, just for fun!

Groundhog Coffee Cake - SweetSimpleStuff

Ground Hog Cake - SweetSimpleStuff

Happy Groundhog Day!  Are you hoping he sees his shadow?

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7 thoughts on “Groundhog Day Shadow Cakes

  1. Know what you mean about tedious work, but they’re real cute and those of us who make things appreciate the work that it took. I wonder if the real small edible eyes would work.

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    • Thank you Tavette 🙂 I was just telling Colleen that I don’t have small enough candy eyeballs … wonder if they exist!

      I don’t have an OTT light, but have been thinking about getting one. I will check out the bulbs … with a coupon, of course!!!

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  2. Oh, Brenda those are Adorable. Cuteness all the way.
    Like my hubby says; ‘who cares what it looks like, just as long as it taste good.’
    Now, onto the eyes. Party City, Michaels, I think some Target Stores, Hobby Lobby, etc. sells those Candy Eyeballs Icing Decorations. I just don’t know how big they are in size cause never really paid that much attention to them Those will save a lot of headache in the future if you decide to put eyes on anything .

    I got to thinking, for the little groundhogs teeth, why couldn’t a person use some small, tiny; (or cut to size) slivered almonds. Slivered almonds was the only thing I could think off right off hand that a person could use for the teeth.

    These would be cute made into cupcakes, spread with just alittle chocolate icing and topped off with crushed oreo crumbs (dirt) and the little guy peaking out of the cupcake center.

    not 2 happy today. My team lost last night :{

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    • My condolences to you Colleen … it was a very exciting game … some great plays 😉

      Regarding the eyeballs and teeth … I have a variety of sizes … nothing small enough. Since I was using the white chocolate for the eyeballs … went ahead and used them for teeth. How would you make the almonds stick?

      Cupcakes would be adorable … appreciate all of your input and your hubby’s, too!

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      • You can buy almond slivers in the nut area of the grocery store (baking isle). I would just cut off the ‘points’ of the slivered almonds so that they are straight across the bottom for the teeth. To make them stick I would just add a drop of icing, or dip the almond on a bit of icing and secure down. It shouldn’t take much icing for such a little almond sliver

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        • Oh, the eyes, use white fondant, punch out with the smallest point of decorating tip and then with a toothpick, dip in dark icing and add a small dot for center of eyes

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