Pokémon Litwick Cake

My daughter absolutely loves Pokémon and for the last few years she has given me some grand challenges when it comes to cake.  This year was really no exception.  She wanted a Litwick cake.  Litwick is a ghost type Pokemon in a shape of a candle, where the Pokémon’s hair is melting wax.

Looking online it seemed that Litwick cupcakes would be the easiest to tackle. You can get a good height for the Litwick without having to bake too many cakes. The icing itself looked really fiddly though and I could already feel the crushing stress of having to make individual Litwicks!

Another option would have been to use a pavlova with cream for the melting wax hair. However, we were holding the party at a movie theatre, so I knew that there was a good possibility we wouldn’t have access to a fridge. It would have been a huge disappointment to come back to melted cream and ruined pav as well.

In the end we went with this – our Litwick cake.

Litwick was a big hit

I got the cake out of the box at the party after our movie. Eyes widened and some of the kids were so keen for the cake I had to cut it up REALLY quickly. The cake disappeared before our eyes! So, it was very popular and tasty too.


Pokémon Litwick Cake

Kym Moore
Create a Litwick birthday cake for your Pokémon fan. Litwick is in the shape of a candle, where the Pokemon’s hair is melting wax.

Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Snack


Each cake layer I made used the following, so you’ll need to multiple by three:

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

For the buttercream icing I made two shades of purple, so you’ll need to multiple by two:

  • 225 grams softened butter
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • Purple food colouring Use slightly more dye in one set of the icing to get the two different Litwick shades

For the decorations:

  • Black writing icing
  • Purple sugar I used white sugar and shook it in a snack container with some food gel to get the right colour
  • 1 Orange jelly bean
  • 8 Purple candles


  • Mix up the cake batter in a large bowl and pour into a greased and lined round cake tin. My cake tin is a 12 inch one. Bake each cake layer at 180 degrees for approximately 40 minutes. I always watch the cake and wait for it to smell yummy before checking it with a cake skewer. If it’s baked through that is good enough for me. Once the cake is baked, rest in the tin for about 5 minutes and then move it out to a wire rack to completely cool.
    Once all three cakes are cool, you can level them so they are nice and flat for assembly. I have a cake leveller but you can use a sharp knife if you have a steady hand. The next step is to assemble the layers, adding buttercream between each layer. Once the three layers are sandwiched with icing, apply buttercream to the outside. The cake needs to be fully coated with the darker shade of purple icing.  When you apply the ‘hair’ this is the lighter icing, and this can be applied with a knife, to get the long fringe piece looking right.
    You need to leave a circle indent on the top of the cake to sprinkle the coloured sugar. I piped around mine, so it would hold the sugar better.  The final things to do are add a jellybean eye, write on a smile with black writing icing and add that sugar and your purple candles. I also piped some more icing around the bottom of the cake to tidy up.
Keyword birthday, cake

kymmageWritten by Kym Moore

When she isn’t herding kids or cats, Kym loves to drink craft beer, or share a whine and a wine with friends. She is also partial to a well-made cocktail. Her happy places include sitting on couch watching British Comedy and daydreaming. Lots of daydreaming.

Favourite artist: Bowie


  1. dawnblyth 03/07/2019 at 11:05 pm

    That looks impressive! I have a little bit of jealousy for your talent in recreating a wonderful looking cake for your special little person. I have tried before and sometimes they don’t always look like what they are meant to be but the boys love them all the same so that is something special 🙂

  2. Alezandra 02/07/2019 at 10:24 pm

    Wow that’s cool although I don’t know what a litwick is. All I know is Pikachu. Would anyone have any inspiring Pikachu cakes? 😛

  3. MuddledUpMolly 01/07/2019 at 8:45 pm

    I am a huge fan of making my kids cakes but have never been brave enough to come up with an original like this! I’ve always just adapted ideas from pinterest so good on you for creating such an awesome cake on request 🙂

  4. Jen_Wiig 01/07/2019 at 2:37 pm

    You absolute legend Kym!!! And love ypur girl hahaha… My boys and I are massive pokemon fans… This cake should be in one of those cake books coz i know ill be giving it a crack… I have a bday coming up and of course it needs to be pokemon… I was rhinking id do it as a poke ball but this is so much cooler and it gives me a perfect excuse to do purple haha my fav colour. You are oober talented this is awesome. Well done.

  5. SarahBlair 26/06/2019 at 2:35 pm

    This looks fantastic! What a great idea, my seven year old loves pokemon, I might have to try this for her next birthday!

  6. Micht 25/06/2019 at 8:13 pm

    Never been into Pokemon so no clue what this was…but great job on the cake…and it sounds like it was a huge success…thanks for being so generous with the recipe…and now i have learnt something new about pokemon too…so there ya go… always learning…

  7. Shorrty4life1 25/06/2019 at 5:10 pm

    This is awesome. Love how yous have included the recipe also this is a great idea. My kids have never been big fans of pokemon but I showed them this and they think it’s pretty cool. Could be the easy new hit this year for birthday cakes rather than paying 80 per cake. Cakes are so expensive should definitely try this for my sons sixth birthday in august.

  8. Bevik1971 24/06/2019 at 2:03 pm

    Haha awesome Kym, good job!! 🙂 I’m always a bit scared of doing any themed cakes for our daughters birthday. This year though I think I will try one as she’s likely to have an actual birthday party early this year (her birthday is Boxing Day). Not sure what we will make as yet as the things she likes changes, at the moment she really does like Pokemon though but it’s Pikachu she likes ha! Can’t see me making that 🙂

    • kymmage 30/06/2019 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you! It can be quite nerve wracking and I have had some fails. Like one year I made a creeper cake as it was requested. But I “got the wrong green”. That’s literally what the feedback was. It was quite deflating haha. I’ve learnt now to set expectations and remind her I’m not a professional 😂

  9. Mands1980 22/06/2019 at 7:04 pm

    To be honest I had never heard of a litwick cake which I know now is a ghost Pokémon in the shape of a candle with the hair melting. The recipe looks easy to follow but I love Kyms design it wouldn’t be easy doing this and you have done an amazing job. I’m not the best cake maker but this gives us all some inspiration if your kids are into Pokémon.

    • kymmage 30/06/2019 at 12:35 pm

      Glad you guys like the cake. It was something I was quite scared of making when she first mentioned the idea. But I felt the fear and did it anyway 😂

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