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How to Make a Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

Updated on March 18, 2016
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A stunning but easy cake to make

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The first time I had this cake I was seven years old and it was my birthday. I thought my mother was a genius for making such an amazing cake. On my younger daughter's fourth birthday, armed with my mother’s recipe, it was my turn to be the genius. Only it turned out that making a hedgehog cake wasn’t quite the task I had imagined it to be when I was little. In fact, although this cake looks complicated, making it is easy.

Essential Equipment to make the Hedgehog Cake

The essential piece of equipment is an ovenproof pudding bowl (a round-bottomed bowl for US readers) that can hold at least 2 pints (1 liter). It will be about 6½ - 7(about 17 cm) inches across the top. A pyrex bowl is ideal, but earthenware should also work fine.

Ingredients variations

I find most cake recipes too sweet, and as this one has a lot of icing (frosting for American readers) I sweeten the cake itself with date puree instead of sugar. However, I have also included quantities for sugar so the choice is yours.

You could also use you own favourite chocolate cake recipe or even a chocolate cake mix, because what makes this cake so special is not the cake itself, but the shape and the decoration. I do however recommend using organic cocoa or chocolate cake mix because non-organic chocolate has been found to be high in pesticide residues.

Measuring guide

This is what a rounded tablespoon looks like
This is what a rounded tablespoon looks like

To make date puree

Roughly chop 4 oz/110 grams of dried dates.

Place in a small pan and add just enough water to cover them.

Cook over a medium heat until the dates are soft and beginning to break up.

Leave to cool. (It’s okay to puree while they are warm, but not hot.)

Puree them in a blender or liquidizer. (A hand blender is ideal as you can do them in the pan.)

Chocolate Hedgehog Cake Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 5 oz/140 g/1 cup of plain flour
  • 1 oz/30g/2 rounded tablespoons of cocoa powder (see photo)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 6 oz/170 g/1½ sticks of butter – soft spreadable butter is ideal, and if you use hard butter, let it soften for a while first.
  • Either: 4 oz/110 g/½ a cup of date puree (see sidebar) Or:
  • 3 oz/85 g/⅓ cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs


For the frosting:

  • 3 oz/85 g/¾ stick of butter (again use spreadable or softened butter)
  • 6 oz/170 g icing sugar/1 cup of confectioner’s sugar (I use unrefined sugar, but you can use your usual brand)
  • 2 rounded tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • a little hot water

To decorate:

  • Chocolate buttons. You will need about 2 - 3 oz/60 - 85 grams of buttons, though this will depend on the size of button and how many you eat as you decorate!
  • 2 raisins
  • 1 glace cherry or dried cranberry

Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

Instructions

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Grease the bowlBeat the butter till smooth, and add the sugar or dates.Add the eggs and one spoon of flour mixture. Add the rest of the flour and mix till no dry flour is visible. Spoon into the bowl and smooth the top.
Grease the bowl
Grease the bowl
Beat the butter till smooth, and add the sugar or dates.
Beat the butter till smooth, and add the sugar or dates.
Add the eggs and one spoon of flour mixture.
Add the eggs and one spoon of flour mixture.
Add the rest of the flour and mix till no dry flour is visible.
Add the rest of the flour and mix till no dry flour is visible.
Spoon into the bowl and smooth the top.
Spoon into the bowl and smooth the top.

1) Grease the bowl you will use for baking.

2) Sift together all the dry ingredients and mix until no white flour shows.

3) Place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. You can do this with a wooden spoon if you want to develop big muscles or if you are using spreadable butter. Otherwise I recommend an electric beater! The butter should be smooth when you are done, and will be lighter in color than when you started.

4) Mix in the sugar or date puree.

5) Beat the eggs lightly.


6) Add the eggs to the butter mix with a little of the flour. (The flour stops the eggs and butter curdling.) Beat well together.

7) Fold in the rest of the flour. Mix until no dry flour is visible.


8) Spoon the mixture into the greased bowl and smooth flat.

Bake the cake

Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes at 180°C/160° fan oven/350°F/ Gas mark 4. (Check a few minutes before the time is up to test if cake is ready: to do this, insert a metal skewer. If it comes out clean it is ready, if cake mixture sticks to it, the cake needs a few minutes more. )

Leave the cake cool for a few minutes and then turn out onto a rack.
It should be easy to remove from the bowl, but if it sticks at all, run a knife around the edge. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look much like a hedgehog yet!

Tip:

To avoid getting covered in sugar powder, beat the butter till smooth, add the sugar and stir until all the sugar is coated with butter. Then beat until the mixture is smooth.

Make the chocolate frosting

As the cake cools, make the buttercream frosting. To do this:

1) Beat the butter and sugar together.

2) Place the cocoa in a cup or small bowl with about 2 tablespoons of hot water, and mix until the cocoa has dissolved.

3) Add the cocoa to the butter and sugar, and stir until the mixture is even in color.

Slice off the top, and turn the cake over
Slice off the top, and turn the cake over

Prepare the cake for frosting

When the cake is cool it is ready to ice. You are going to use it upside-down, so if the top is very raised, use a very sharp knife to cut the top off and make it flat. (Again don’t worry too much about getting this exact, because the buttercream covers a multitude of mistakes!)

Coat the cake with frosting.
Coat the cake with frosting.
Shape the face.
Shape the face.

Decorating the cake

Spread the frosting thickly over the cake with a palate knife (or any table knife will do if you don’t have a palate knife). You don’t have to be too careful about this, as it should look rough!





At the base of the cake, choose a part to form a point with some extra buttercream – this is the hedgehog’s face and nose.

(And try not to lick your fingers! Bet you can’t manage that!)

Decorating with the buttons

Cut buttons in half and insert cut side down
Cut buttons in half and insert cut side down
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Making the hedgehog face

Mark it with a fork to look like a furry little face. Add a cranberry or cherry for the nose and two raisins for eyes.


Cut the chocolate buttons in half and push them into the frosting as shown in the photos.



Then eat the cute little hedgehog! Aah!


Tip:

You can double the quantity of the mixture and use a larger and smaller bowl to make a parent and baby hedgehogs. The photo on the right shows Heidi and baby at my daughter’s fourth birthday party.


Information on finding chocolate buttons

I used Montezuma’s Giant organic chocolate buttons, but you can use any kind you choose. Readers in the UK will have no difficulty finding chocolate buttons, but for readers in the USA or Canada it may be more challenging to find these in your supermarket.

The most common type of buttons available in the US are those for melting to use in recipes. These are suitable to use in this recipe though they may be dull rather than shiny.

Several varieties of chocolate button are available on Amazon, including the classic Cadbury’s chocolate buttons and organic buttons by Chocolate Decadence.

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      Valene 14 months ago from Missouri

      This looks like so much fun! I would have wanted this for my birthday.

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      Marija Arsic 2 years ago from Serbia

      I can taste it in my mind, looks delicious.....oh dear, it`s so hard to be a chocoholic !

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      Yvonne Spence 3 years ago from UK

      Thank you Missolive!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 3 years ago from Texas

      Guess who is pinning this to her new chocolate board on Pinterest? :)

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      Yvonne Spence 3 years ago from UK

      Thanks Claudedog, glad you liked the recipe and yes I'll take a look at yours.

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      Yvonne Spence 3 years ago from UK

      Thanks Zoe.

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      Anne Goetz 3 years ago

      What a cute cake! Love it!

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      Yvonne Spence 3 years ago from UK

      Heather Says,

      thanks for your comment and glad you enjoyed the hub. sorry for the late reply, I'm not on Hubpages much these days.

      SamitaJassi,

      thanks for your comment!

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      Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      This is one of the cutest cakes I have ever seen. I love little baby hedgehogs in real life and this dessert is every bit as cute. Outstanding job! And I love all of your pictures! Thanks for the great hub :)

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      FlourishAnyway, thanks for your comment and glad the recipe brought back good memories for you.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      This is adorable! I have never heard of hedgehog cakes. I have similar memories of a cake my mother made when I was a child -- creative, a little off-the-wall, but she made it just for me. It ws a CandyLand themed cake.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Hi Faith, sorry for the delay in replying - I've been away. Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for your comment!

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      Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness! Such a cute idea! My family loves hedgehogs, so I will have to make this for them some time. Love it!

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      idigwebsites, hedgehog cakes are fairly traditional in the UK. And very cute! Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comment.

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      How come did you think about making a hedgehog cake?!? It's so cute, but at the same time looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Magdaleine, glad you like it, and thanks for your comment!

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      Magdaleine 4 years ago

      Wow, this is amazing! thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Hi Lemonkerda, glad you enjoyed a trip down memory lane. The hedgehog cake is definitely still going strong, and we love it!

      Thanks for your comment.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Oh my, talk about going down memroy lane. When i was young my mother used to make this at least once a month. i thought nobody ever made these anymore, reading on......obviously wrong. looks like the hedgehog is revived. thanks

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Thanks to you Jackie!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is sooo cute I have to make it soon. Thank you!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Angela. I guess it could be a groundhog too, without the spikes.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is so cute. We really need to promote this around groundhog day and promote the cute little dude as a ground hog!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Webscapeseo, thank you.

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      Webscapeseo 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow what a lovely idea for a childrens birthday party! I will definitely be giving this a try!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks pennylu.

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      pennylu 5 years ago from Indiana

      Wow! This is a great birthday cake for a child! Thanks for this delightful recipe from your childhood.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi TFScientist,

      Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rhys Baker 5 years ago from Peterborough, UK

      Wow. Great recipe with great photos to guide us through. Congrats on the HOTD for this. I am already tasting it!

      Voted up and Pinned! :)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Eliza, especially for sharing!

      Hi AM Hanson, thanks hope you enjoy the cake when you make it.

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      Adam M. Hanson 5 years ago from Mankato, MN

      this.....this is amazing....like, really, awesomely amazing....I'm making this soon haha

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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      Gorgeous! I want to eat Heidi. I am sharing this on Facebook.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Robie, glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for sharing it.

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      This is a stellar hub, great recipe and wonderful photos. I just shared it on pinterest. :)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi ShalahChayilJOY,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the hedgehog. I don’t know how, but we managed to eat the cake! :-) Hope you enjoy making and eating it as much as we did, and thanks for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Marcy,

      Thanks so much for your comment and for pinning. I had a look at your boards just now and thank you for all you’re doing!

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      Shalah Chayil 5 years ago from Billings, Montana

      Your hedgehog picture made my day! What a delightful little fellow. How can it be eaten when it's so cute? I will have to make this one for sure?

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is such a cute idea - I have just started Pinning things, so I dropped back by so I could pin this one.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Stevew13,

      It tasted good too! I think your cousin will be delighted that you’ve made her this cake. Just make sure you get a piece, and do come back and let me know how it goes.

      Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Steve Wright 5 years ago from Norwich, England

      This looks so good, I am now so hungry and dinner time is still an hour away! I am going to be giving this a go for my little cousin's birthday next month, I think she would love a hedgehog cake! Awesome hub!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Modern Lady, thanks for your comment.

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This is absolutely adorable! It's brilliant to bake it in a glass bowl to get the shape.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Vinaya, I can think of no better cake to start with. It’s easy to do and everyone will love the cute hedgehog when you are finished. (But then you’ve got to eat it!)

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks emily. It is delicious!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I have never baked cake, but I want to use this recipe to make my first cake.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      So awesome and must be so delicious!!! Awesome hub!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Jools.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Looks yummy! Voted up n pinned

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Suelynn,

      It is great fun to make special birthday cakes isn’t it? My kids are hitting the teenage years but we still made this cake.

      Thanks very much for your kind comment.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Wonderful hub Melovy! :)

      I remember making some lovely cakes for my son's birthday parties and they were special times indeed. LOVE your hedgehog cake and the fact that you remembered it from your own childhood experience. You put this hub together so well - BRAVO! Voted across the board.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi mythicalstorm.

      Glad you enjoyed this. It is really tasty, adapted from an old traditional cake recipe. I loved it as a kid and still love it. Thanks for your comment.

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      This was so cute! I loved the little hedgehog! Add chocolate cake and I can see why this would be a hit! Amazing and cute idea!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Abujafood,

      LOL! It would be tough if the spikes were hard, but chocolate - the hardest thing is not eating too much! Thanks for your comment.

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      Abujafood 5 years ago from Abuja, Nigeria

      Hedgehog, sounds like a tough piece of cake to handle. Nice of you to share this recipe with others.

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      Freedom4All 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      You are so welcome!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      @ Freedom4All

      @Nare Anthony

      Thank you both.

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      Freedom4All 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I know! B)

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Yeah it does :)

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      Freedom4All 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      That looks so cool!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Gracenduta, hope you enjoy it, and thanks for your comment.

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      Gracenduta 5 years ago from Kenya

      I now know how to make one, thanks for the hub

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi tbrain123, thanks for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Better Yourself, thanks for your comment.

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      tbrian123 5 years ago from colombo, Sri Lanka

      Ahhh... This is what i was looking.. Thank you..

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      Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a precious cake! Thanks for sharing!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Htodd, thank you.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      That's nice info...Thanks

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      panhamail, thank you.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Yes, Nare Anthony, it is.

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      panhamail 5 years ago from Phnom Penh

      Great News. LOVE THIS POST.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Sidds123450 thank you.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      parwatisingari, thanks for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Nare Anthony, let us know how it goes, and thanks for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      brsmom68, I don’t think kids ever grow out of it. I’m making it for my teenager’s birthday soon! Definitely easier to deal with than a real hedgehog.

      Thanks very much for you comment and for sharing.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      The next comment is mine? :D

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      zEric7x, thank you for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Yes, Anamika, forget the calories and enjoy! :-) Thanks for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      greatstuff, thanks for you comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi JS Matthew, thanks for the compliment and congrats, and for sharing! Date puree is my favourite sweetener, so glad you like it.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Susanm23b, I’m sure this could work as several small hedgehog or even ground hogs. If you do a hub let me know and I will link to it! Thanks for the vote up and congrats.

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      sidds123450 5 years ago

      Many many congratulations on selection of Hub of the day, and thanks for sharing..!!!

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      parwatisingari 5 years ago from India

      This is trail for 11th march.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Wow! This looks so yummy! I am gonna make it tomorrow!!!

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      That is absolutely adorable! Voted up, interesting & pinned. I have also bookmarked this Hub for future reference. Although my kids are teenagers now, I am thinking this may be an option for my daughter's 16th birthday. She asks for a hedgehog every now and again; this will be one I will only have to clean up after once. :)

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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      zEric7x 5 years ago

      That is certainly one of the most interesting looking cakes I seen.

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! That cake looks so yummy that I am prepared to forget the calories and have a bite of it. Voted up!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Congrats on HOTD. I have not seen this Hedgehog Cake before in my country, sounds yummy.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      First of all, Awesome photos! Second of all, Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! You certainly earned it with this recipe! I like how you supplemented the sugar with date puree! This really is a great Hub! Voted up and SHARING!

      JSMatthew~

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      This is so cute! I like to do things in individual servings and this is perfect. I think this would be fun to serve on groundhog day. I know groundhogs and hedgehogs aren't the same, but maybe I could tweak it a bit. What a cute, fun idea! Congrats on Hub of the Day :) Voted up!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi Moonlake and thanks so much for your kind comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Hi cardelean, glad you enjoyed it, I’m sure your kids would love it - they’re the right age! Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Kelley!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Bldg an Architect, thank you for your kind comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      urmilashukia23, thank your for your very kind comment and for sharing.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      It looks like a really good cake. Great photos. Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      What a FUN cake! I loved all of the photos and your step by step directions. Congrats on the Hub of the Day!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thank you Susan, and if it hadn’t been for you asking for cake recipes to link to I might never have done this hub. So thank you many times over!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      The Dirt Farmer, thanks!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Patty Inglish, a hedgehog in the snow sounds wonderful. I might try your idea next time we make it. Thanks very much for your comment.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks Brian! It’s taken me a while to get this far, but it’s quite a milestone and here’s to the next one arriving quicker!