Coolest In the Night Garden Cake

I got my inspiration for a In the Night Garden cake from some cakes on this website, and I just tweaked it suit.

I made this cake for my daughter’s first birthday, as she and her older sister just love the show. I made two quantities of vanilla cake mix and poured 2/3 into a large round tin, and the rest into a dolly varden tin. The shape wasn’t quite right, but I “cut and pasted” the top layer a bit, sticking it all together with icing.

I used two tubs of Betty Crocker ready made frosting, and added more icing sugar to make the consistency stiff enough to hold the textures I was piping. I used a basket weave technique (my first attempt), and a grass tip for the top and the cupcakes. It took a while to do the icing, but the end result is well worth the effort. The figurines I bought from a top shop and arranged them on the cake, and used tiny sugar flower to sprinkle over. I also bought the tain from the show “Ninky-Nonk” to go on the table.

I’ve made cakes before, but only for family birthdays. It took some time, but it wasn’t too hard to achieve something that everyone was impressed with.

43 thoughts on “Coolest In the Night Garden Cake”

  1. it is on the ABC1 at 9am and then again on ABC2 at 12pm.
    it is the best show.

    i love this cake, it is awesome, well done.

  2. I was searching for the In the Night Garden figures, to do as you did. But i don’t find them:(
    I’m organizing the first birthday party of my baby, as he loves this cartoons.
    We are a Portuguese family living in Ireland. The party will be in Portugal, and they have no idea about In the Night Garden, so i have to buy everything here or from UK, but it is being hard to find the cake toppers!!
    Could you please tell me if i can buy the figures in the internet?I really want them!


  3. You did a wonderful job, I’m so impressed! My husband and I are going to attempt an Iggle Piggle head as we thought that would be hard enough….wait till I show him your amazing creation!

  4. I was searching for a birthday cake of the night garden this is the cake I was looking for so nice I just don’t know how to contact u and buy this cake My little sister will Love IT
    she loves these cartoons and gets surprised when these cartoons are on so ya

  5. Wow, your cake is absolutely beautiful! My partner and I have been searching the internet looking for ideas on how to make an ‘In The Night Garden’ birthday cake as our son’s second birthday is coming up. This has been a tremendous help, thank you so much :)

  6. hiya I’ve been asked 2 make this cake for a friend can you please help me out ….? what size cake tins have you used ? and how did u do the grass ? would be well appreciated. You have done a brilliant job :D hope I can do it.

  7. This cake looks fantastic like everyone else is asking where did you get the toppers from? As my daughter birthday is in June.

  8. The cake is fantastic, I’m going to try and copy it too. I’m fortunate to have all the figurines as I got them from Woolies (before they closed), but I’m sure you can buy them from Debenhams and the ELC.

  9. Hi
    that is awesome…
    Just wondering if you are selling these cakes? my son is 1 in Sept. and I am looking for ITNG cakes

    hope to hear from you Emma

  10. This cake is brilliant – well done! It’s inspired me to do this for my daughters 2nd birthday next month (June). I managed to find the exact same character set from Ebay (BNIB) for £6 but am sure you will find them at local shops that sell toys. Congrats again – this cake is fab. Can’t wait to attempt this :)

  11. you cake is amazing – well done!

    would you be interested in making one for my son’s birthday? He turns one at the end of September?

    hope to hear from you Emma!

  12. My daughter celebrated her 1st birthday on the 23rd May 2009 and my sisters made her a cake, a little like this one, it went down really well at the party, everyone thought it had been professionally made.

  13. Thanks for making such a gorgeous cake. I copied it for my daughter’s 2nd birthday and she loved it. I didn’t have two different sized cake tins so I just cut down the top level and did a crumb icing layer before doing the basketweave icing. I de-seeded some raspberry puree to get the pink colour for the icing instead of using food colouring but used had to use a couple of drops of green colouring for the grass. My daughter also loves that she has the figurines to play with after the cake has been eaten.
    We live in Tasmania, Australia and love this website.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  14. Loving the cake! Am just organizing son’s 2nd birthday and we are recreating the night garden in our field …lots of card and tissue paper making flowers (several bottles of wine as gets a bit tedious but quite therapeutic!!) Have made Makka Pakkas stones out of card and have to say looks like Makka Pakka stacked them himself!

    Keep in touch and when I work out how Ill upload photos on my blog

    Will defo take inspiration from your cake Agga Pang as Makka Pakka would say!

  15. When I first saw this cake I was in shock! I couldn’t believe that someone could do such a great job decorating ” In the Night Garden ” cake, my 11 month baby girl loves this show! Awesome Job!!

  16. This cake is absolutely amazing! I can’t seem to find anything In The Night Garden for my sons 2nd Birthday Party! I might try and attempt to make this cake (: As for the figurines you can buy them at Walmart or Zellers I have seen them at both!

  17. My Daughter Aaliyah is 20months old and she loves this show and she loves Upsy Daisy and have all their toys and all the clothes too

  18. I think this cake looks fantastic, my daughter is 2 next month and she just loves Igle Pigle and wants to make a cake just like the one you have done, this has inspired me

  19. Love the cake. I am making it for my bubba’s 1st birthday and just tweaking it to suits her as well… also just letting everyone know if you have trouble getting the figures. They are for sale most of the time on eBay, also in Australia the best place to buy them is from Woolworth/Safeway.

    Happy cake making ladies.. its great to find other mummies out there that love cake making for the kiddies like me :)

  20. I’ve never made a cake before and have always bought them from M&S, although seeing this cake has inspired me to have a go and make my own. I have already bought the figures as a present (half price in ASDA) Don’t think I will use the weaved effect though, not the first time anyway

  21. Hi there, I was searching for ideas on how to make an In the night garden Birthday Cake for my Daughter’s 1st Birthday in Dec and I came across your design and I cant believe we’ve had the same ideas. I also brought the figures and the Ninky Nonk train for decoration and wanted to do a two tier cake. Your cake is brilliant, I hope mine turns out similar, as its the first time I have ever attempted to make such a large cake. I’m so glad i saw your design as it has inspired me. Good Work!!

  22. This is just the inspiration I need for my son’s 1st birthday cake next week…my husband found the figures in Asda last week (down to £5 from £15 :) ) I just hope mine ends up as good as yours!!

  23. I love your cake. You did a great job on the basketweave,especially since it was your first time. These figures can also be hand made with fondant.

  24. Hi there Emmy

    Thanks so much for this fabulous idea. I made this cake for my daughters 2nd birthday on the weekend and she LOVED it. All the other kids did too and the adults thought I’d bought it! Such a great idea. I had a bit of a nightmare mixing the green icing (three attempts and then had to go make a panic trip to the shops to buy some ready made green icing) but other than that it went well. I made it using cake mix (choc marble and butter cake for the top) and used pink and green icing that I’d bought rather than made so it was fail proof. Me, the non-baker, even managed to pull it off! Thanks again Emmy.

  25. hi! im doing something similar for my son’s first birthday in 2 weeks and i need a maka paka toy to complete it! any ideas? thanks!

  26. Made this for my eldest daughter’s 1st birthday and I am going to do the same for my youngest daughter’s 2nd birthday this week. It’s fabulous and also found the figures cheap at Sainsburys. I am not a great cake maker but my friends and family thought it looked great – never mind the taste!!!

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