Published on August 2, 2012, by in Recipes.

Haven’t had a lot of time to write. What with birthday parties and constantly sick kids, and everything else. You know what its like?

Anyway, for my son’s Birthday this year, we had Gruffalo party. He was very much into it at the time. He loved the books (The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child). He also enjoyed the DVDs (which are awesome by the way).

I found some really cool ideas on the web. I searched for ‘images for gruffalo cake’, on google.

I made the cake and hubby took on the challenge of making the Gruffalo characters. It took him over two weeks to make them (see image above). Working in the evenings after the kids had gone to bed.

Just a quick note, we ended up buying coloured icing from a cake decorating shop,  to make the characters . The stuff we made ourselves, with food colouring, didn’t quite cut it (the colours were not as rich as the bought ones).

The cake was the easy part. I used the Annabel Langbein’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake recipe from The Free Range Cook book. The cake was delicious and easy to make!

For the party food, we had …

Sausage snake in place of scrambled snake. I used a nice sausage roll recipe and laid it out in the shape of a snake. See picture below.

Snake Sausage for Gruffalo themed party

Snake Sausage

We also had …

  • Gruffalo Crumble – homemade apple and blueberry crumble
  • Gruffalo Tea – homemade fruit punch (orange juice with peeled whole grapes and a can of fruit salad)
  • Roasted Fox - Buffalo Chippies (chicken chippies) from Countdown. It was slightly spicy. But it didn’t seem to bother kids. They chowed down anyway.
  • Gruffalo Pies(mini): homemade mini chicken pies topped with garlic potato mash

The party was fun but it was a lot of work. Would I do it again? Probably not.

The things we do for out kids?!