Gruffalo party: How to make a Gruffalo

Thankyou so much for all of your lovely comments about Molly’s Gruffalo Party 🙂 Today I’m going to show you how I made the Gruffalo from fondant

Apologies for some of these photos but they were taken early in the morning when the light was non existent and I was watching some bad reality tv on the computer 🙂

I used pre-coloured chocolate fondant and mixed it with some white to lighten it, but on reflection the Gruffalo is still too dark so next time I would have added more white so he is lighter. Also… all the fondant has been mixed with tylo powder  (ratio of 250g fondant to 1/2 teaspoon of powder) so that it turns into gum/sugarpaste. This makes it a better consistency for modelling and also means that it will harden.

Start by rolling an egg shape of chocolate brown fondant and then flattening it out a bit near the top.

Roll out two fat sausage shapes for the legs. Thin out one end and then tap the other end on your table to flatten.

Attach the legs to the body using some water

Stick a toothpick or dry piece of pasta through the Gruffalo’s body

Roll out two evenly sized balls and then shape them into sausages for the arms

Hmmm… note how I didn’t take my own advice and my balls of fondant are NOT the same size.

Using a sharp knife, make 3 incisions for the fingers

Round off the square fingers with a modelling tool (or the other side of a knife)

Flatten the other end of your arm and attach to the body using some water

Roll out 8 evenly sized balls and then shape them into a teardrop shape

Stick onto the toes and then curl the tops over gently using your fingers

Using a knife, make gentle cuts on the body, arms and legs to make the fur. I also cut a grid-like pattern on the feet.

Roll out an egg shaped ball for the head – make sure you measure it up against the body to make sure it is to scale. Trust me – I have made this mistake so many times!!! There is nothing more frustrating to finish modelling a head, only to realise that it is too big/small for the body.

Make an indent towards the large part of the egg shape with a pencil or modelling tool

Using a sharp knife, gently cut a mouth into the head

Attach to the body using water

Make holes either side of what will become the nose. As you gently make the hole, lift the tool upwards.

Using a ball tool, make indents for the eyes and then attach orange circles.

Give the orange eyes 5 minutes to dry and then mark in your eyeballs using a black edible marker or some black gel colour mixed with a little vodka, or you can use small balls of black fondant.

Also roll a small green ball of fondant for the ‘wart on the end of his nose’

Roll out a thin piece of white fondant. Make each end a point and then cut out the teeth and tusks.

Attach to the gruffalo

In the same way as the tusks…. make two horns and attach

Roll out two teardrop shaped brown balls and using a ball tool, make an indent.

Roll out two lighter brown balls, flatten and stick to the ear with some water

Attach to the head

Final step is to make small purple tear drop shaped prickles for the Gruffalo’s back

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial and don’t forget to enter the Bronnie Bakes giveaway 🙂

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44 Responses to Gruffalo party: How to make a Gruffalo

  1. Nat Mardon April 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    I was looking at this party the other day and Eli (Mr nearly-6) saw it and said he wanted a Gruffalo cake… now I have to convince him otherwise coz I’m not sure I’m quite ready to start creating little toppers just yet – although you do make them look pretty easy to do!!!! Love your work, and the cake looks brilliant!!

  2. Judy April 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    This looks amazing but no way would I want to move it to eat the cake!!

  3. Emma July 4, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for this tutorial, my son is Gruffalo mad and I was slightly daunted at making one but your step by step process was fab and easy to follow, my son was delighted when he saw the cake this morning – thank you!

    • BronnieBakes Admin July 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      Hi Emma

      That’s so lovely to hear!!! Glad you found the tutorial helpful and I’d love to see a pic of the finished cake!

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments – much appreciated!


  4. Francesca August 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    I was sent the description of how to make your wonderful Gruffalo cake by a friend in Sydney. I would just so love to have one done for my grandson’s birthday in November but obviously cannot do it from here in the UK – would you be able to suggest somebody who might make it for me? I would be most grateful for your help. Francesca de Rougemont, Alderney, Channel Islands, UK

    • BronnieBakes Admin August 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Francesca 🙂

      Thanks for your lovely message! I have put the call out there on my facebook page to see if I can find someone and I will let you know. Did you not want to try and make it yourself???


  5. Sarah September 11, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Hi, your tutorial is fab – so easy!! I’ve just made my 1st model the gruffalo (thought I’d start with hardest incase it came out wrong! But it’s so easy to follow it looks perfect in every way & I couldn’t have done it without the help of your tutorial so a BIG thank you!!!

    • BronnieBakes Admin September 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Aw thanks Sarah!!! Really appreciate the lovely comments

      I’m so glad the tutorial has helped!


  6. Vicki January 26, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Just followed this step by step for my daughters gruffalo cake! So easy to follow and it looks lovely, very proud of myself. Found my fondant dried out a bit and cracked but brushed a little bit of water on and it was fine! I also used a cream egg for his body!!

    • BronnieBakes Admin January 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      yay – that is wonderful news Vicki!! I’m so happy to hear that 🙂

  7. Michele February 3, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    Needed to make a gruffalo and mouse with my grand daughter for a school project. Our playdough version looks great thank you!!

  8. pamela April 5, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    I just followed these instructions to make a gruffalo for my daughters second birthday cake found them very easy to follow and I am very pleased with end result, thank you very much xx

    • BronnieBakes Admin April 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      That is so wonderful to hear Pamela! Thankyou for letting me know 🙂


  9. Juliet April 27, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    I have just used the tutorial to make The Gruffalo for my son’s 4th Birthday, ably assisted by my 7 year old daughter. We are so thrilled with the result. One addition though – we added a tail!

    • BronnieBakes Admin April 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      I’m so happy to hear that Juliet! Thanks for letting me know and of course – a tail!!!! haha… can’t believe I forgot that! thanks for the heads up!


  10. Kim July 4, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Hi your cake looks fab and I am going to have a go myself I live in the uk. Instead if fondant icing would normal icing with food colouring have the same effect xx

    • BronnieBakes Admin July 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Hi Kim -)

      Do you mean for covering the cake? yes, any kind of icing will work for that. But for the figurines you need to use fondant icing (mixed with a hardening agent like tylo) or sugar paste.

      Hope that helps!

  11. Rachel Franklin July 28, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Just wanted to say thank you SO MUCH for this tutorial – it really is fab. I’m not much of a cake decorator so I thought maybe my plans for a gruffalo cake were a bit ambitious but my son was having a party in the woods and it seemed the obvious choice. My cake was ace (if I do say so myself).
    You’re ace!
    Thanks, Rachel x x x

    • BronnieBakes Admin July 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      Hi Rachel

      that is awesome to hear!!!! I’m so glad you made such a great cake and the tutorial was helpful 🙂


  12. Vicki Slee August 15, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. My son, who loves the Gruffalo, is 3 on Friday. I’ve made the animals tonight and will decorate his cake with them tomorrow. Thank you for your carefully explained steps and photos at every stage, they really helped!

    • BronnieBakes Admin August 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      thankyou so much for such a lovely comment – I really appreciate it! I’m so glad to hear you’ve had success with the tutorials. I hope your son has a wonderful birthday


  13. Ange October 2, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    Great tutorial, thank you! Just made him to top my sons cake, however I only used fondant icing (no hardening agent!) will he ever harden? Have I made a boo boo? Appreciate your advice as my first ever experience with fondant icing x

    • BronnieBakes Admin October 2, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Hi Ange

      Thanks for your message 🙂 Umm… I guess it depends on the temperature – if it is too warm where you are then the Gruffalo may not harden. The other thing that may happen is that he could break or parts could crumble. He will still harden on the outside but not really on in the inside. I would leave it as is, but for future modelling always add a hardening agent. All the best!


  14. Joanne January 13, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    Hi, planning to make these next week for my daughters 3rd birthday cake. I was going to use ‘Regalice’, is that ok?! It is a sugar paste icing which I have used before. I have never worked with fondant icing or used a hardening agent. Is it something I can make?! If so how?! Or do I buy it?! Thank you, feeling nervous but instructions look good and you’ve had some great feedback 🙂 xx

    • BronnieBakes Admin January 13, 2014 at 7:44 am #

      Hi Joanne 🙂

      I have no idea about Regalice – is that from the supermarket? If possible, it’s best to get the proper fondant from a cake decorating shop if you have something nearby??? And make them as early as you can as they will last. All the best!!


  15. Joanne January 13, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Thank you. I am making them a week in advance! I’ll see if I can get the fondant icing. Regalice is shop bought. Will let you know how I get on x

  16. krissi February 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    Hi! I’m looking at gruffalo ideas for my sons 3rd birthday in April, and have happened upon your tutorials…I am arty but am worried the inspiration will not translate into my creation. Do you make and sell (I’m not just scared, I’m also a mum to a newborn (zzz tired) and admittedly a bit lazy.) xX krissi

    • BronnieBakes Admin February 10, 2014 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Krissi

      Thanks for your message 🙂 Unfortunately I don’t actually sell cakes but I can put you onto someone in Melbourne who will be able to make you one? let me know if you’d like the details. All the best


  17. Amanda Mariano March 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! I made a gruffalo tonight for my son’s 4th and daughter’s 2nd birthday party. Your instructions made it so easy. They are going to love it! Appreciate you posting this!

    • BronnieBakes Admin March 28, 2014 at 7:06 am #

      Hi Amanda – that is so great to hear!!! I hope the party goes really well


  18. Joy @ Baking-Joy August 22, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Thank you so much for this, am going to use it to attempt a Gruffalo cake for my niece’s birthday 🙂

  19. Sarah May 3, 2015 at 5:31 am #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I used it to make a gruffalo and a gruffalos child. The cake looked amazing and my son was thrilled. Thank you

    • BronnieBakes Admin May 3, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      yay! That is great to hear xxx

  20. Sam June 10, 2015 at 2:23 am #

    Thank you so much for this, attempting for my niece’s 2nd birthday this week.

    • BronnieBakes Admin June 10, 2015 at 7:16 am #

      Great to hear!! All the best xx

  21. Charlotte October 4, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    Hello I just wanted to say thank you so much for posting all the gruffalo animals on here. I made a cake for my godsons 1st birthday with your instructions and it turned out amazing! I’d love to share the pictures with you but it won’t let me post a pic 🙁 thank you so much though! It was so easy following your steps 🙂 xx

  22. Kate November 20, 2016 at 3:50 am #

    This tutorial is brilliant. I’m so happy with the Gruffalo I’ve just made, entirely thanks to these instructions. Thank you!

    • BronnieBakes Admin November 21, 2016 at 6:55 am #

      Awww thanks Kate! I’m so happy it worked out so well for you!! xx

  23. Anna K March 11, 2017 at 5:40 am #

    Dear Bronnie, I have used your tutorials to make all five animals to go on top of my nephew’s birthday cake and I am absolutely thrilled with the result. They all look really lifelike (with the exception of a giant mouse which I had to scale down!) Thank you so much. I had never used fondant to make figures before. I thought the steps were really clear. I would love to send you a photo once it is all assembled.
    Anna x

    • BronnieBakes Admin March 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

      oh yay – that is wonderful news!! I would love to see a pic once it has finished



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