Hedgehog’s Cake for Daddy

Hedgehog’s Cake for Daddy

I’m a week late with this post (a busy schedule was the reason). This cake was my son’s present to his daddy on the Father’s day. About a year ago Tim brought a book from his kindergarten. He had just started reading on his own and was excited about every new book. This one was lovely. It was called “The Hedgehog bakes a cake” by Maryann Macdonald.

The Hedgehog decided to bake a cake. His friends showed up, everyone with very “useful” tip how to make it better. It’s not difficult to predict what followed next. Yes, with all the “help” of the “experts” the cake turned rather terrible and the kitchen – messy. But not ready to give up (the first moral to be learned) the Hedgehog started all aver again, this time – on its own. This time he followed the recipe precisely and measured the ingredients carefully (another great tip for kids to remember). And, of course, the cake baked beautifully. The Hedgehog threw a tea party and all his friends were invited. Everyone enjoyed a slice of cake believing that the baking success was entirely depended on their participation. The kind and loyal Hedgehog let them think so…(the best part of the story, I think). If you are still here I’m about to conclude. Tim loved the story. But he was absolutely delighted to find the recipe of the cake the Hedgehog generously shared on the last page of the book. Sure, Tim wanted to bake it right away. And he did, with some of my help. I resisted an urge to change the recipe a bit here and there, and we made it as is. It turned out to be delicious. May be the secret is in the little child’s light touch… Tim copied the recipe and the cake became his very own specialty. He really mastered it over the time, the cake doesn’t have an egg-shell crunch anymore.

I found it to be a great project to do with children. The book is definitely worth to read and the recipe is just the right complexity for a little kid. If you have a child of a certain age I encourage you to find and read this story. There is probably a good chance your local library has it available. Below is the typed Hedgehog’s recipe if someone decides to give it a try.

Makes one, 8-inch round cake, about 8 servings


  • ½ cup (4 oz, 1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature + 1 tbsp, melted – for buttering a pan
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups self-rising flour (to substitute sift together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, and ½ tsp salt, then measure the required amount)

Hedgehog’s Cake (slice)


Center an oven rack and preheat it to 350F. Brush the inside of an 8-inch round pan with melted butter and dust with flour. Cut a circle from parchment paper and fit it into the bottom of the pan. Set the pan aside.

Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until well combined and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one. Add the vanilla extract. Mix in the flour just until no more flour visible. Put the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it with a spoon. Ask your mother (or father) to put the pan in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean (ask your parent to perform this test).

Cool the cake on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Then, wearing oven mittens, turn the cake out of the pan. Enjoy it warm with milk and fresh berries (if available).

Tim and Hedgehog cake

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19 Responses to “Hedgehog’s Cake for Daddy”

  1. Ooohh…. that is soo sweet!! Your son looks so handsome!! I bet his dad enjoyed the cake!! It’s so great to see that your son already takes after your love of baking…I hope you two will have lots more adventures together in the kitchen!!

  2. That cake is so beautiful. What a better gift than one made with so much of love.

  3. What a sweet little story and adorable cake! I agree, it sound like the perfect kiddo’s project! It’s so adorable :D.

  4. what a fun project, and your son is a cutie-patootie. i’m glad you have things like this to do together! :)

  5. What a beautiful cake. Love the handwritten instructions :)

  6. I’m very grateful to everyone who left a comment. There’s nothing more satisfying for a proud mother than a kind attention to her loved child. I appreciate it very much. Thank you.

  7. your blog is absolutely stunning. count me in as your newest fan!

  8. Celine, thank you. I’m very much obliged. I’ll be glad if you visit again.

  9. This is one of the cutest posts I have ever read. I read that book as a child. I loved it. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Alicia, thank you!

  11. Hello,
    What a lovely post! My children, especially my daughter loves to bake with Mommy, okay she just loves to bake and perfers that I stay out of her way! I’m going to show her your post and see if she’s up to hedgehog cake.

    Your little boy is a doll and I love the photo of (his)hand written recipe.


  12. Ingrid, thank you very much! You’ve just made my day.
    My son is also a little bossy in the kitchen… Well, I guess he’s got it from his mom :)

  13. Ah! Cute overload! I have a mild obsession with hedgehogs (ie I’ll buy pretty much anything I come across with a hedgie on it and if they weren’t illegal to sell in this state I would own at least one). I’ll have to look out for that book. Did you make the stencil yourself? Adorable!

  14. Pinky, thank you very much! Yes, we made the stencil ourselves – I sketched and my son cut it out :) It’s very easily done.

  15. Very cute story and the cake looks wonderful!

  16. Daddy Cakes, thank you so much!

  17. Marianne Hansen on March 10th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I have read this book with my daughters many years ago and recently brought it out again to read to my grandson. I wanted to make the cake with him but couldn’t remember how much b. powder to add so I went online and came across your cute hedgehog story. Too cute! I must remember to take a picture of my Grayson with his cake. Thank you.

  18. Adorable cake! This is a different recipe than what is in the book by Maryann Macdonald.

  19. SO GLAD you have this. My son came home with the written recipe, but somehow his says 2.25 cups of butter…… I just knew that couldnt be correct!

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