Hunger Games Cake Catching Fire

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When Harry met Katniss … in a heavyweight publishing bout, the brave girl with the bow and arrow did what many had thought was impossible, outselling Harry Potter in just a few short years. This Hunger Games cake is a fiery tribute to the latest movie in the series, Catching Fire.

Author Suzanne Collins hit the jackpot when she penned the Hunger Games trilogy, selling more than 50 million copies and passing the Potter books in both digital and print sales. Almost makes you want to become a writer doesn’t it. But writing a best-seller is no easy task, with Collins toiling for many years on children’s books, studying theatre arts, telecommunications and dramatic writing before she dreamed up a heroine named Katniss.

Although many people find the central theme of a children battling to the death understandably disturbing, the Hunger Games series also has strong redemptive themes such as loyalty, sacrifice and fighting injustice. This is one of the reasons that I included a link in the video to Compassion, a child-focused charity that we’ve been involved with for almost 2 decades. Fighting injustice isn’t just for fantasy heroes.

Personally, I would love to be able to write something profound or poetic in this post but unfortunately English wasn’t a favorite subject at school. I think this was because creative writing isn’t about a formula or set of rules, which is the way that my brain works (maths and science made far more sense to me). Anyway, enough writing … let’s make a Hunger Games Cake instead, trust me it will take a lot less time than writing a book.


[Congratulations to the winner of this fondant mockingjay pin Natalie Hoffman]

To make the hunger games cake you will need:

1 and a half quantities of the sponge cake recipe. I made one quantity which fills two 20cm (7.87 inches) cake tins and then made a half to make a third cake (because only two cake tins fit in my oven at once)
red food colour
yellow food colour

Peach ganache
60g (2.12 ounces) or 4 tablespoons peach juice (drained from a tin of peaches)
200g (7.05 ounces) white chocolate

Chocolate ganache for the outside of cake
200g (7.05 ounces) milk chocolate
200g (7.05 ounces) dark chocolate
180g (6.35 ounces) cream 35% fat

Mockingjay Pin
75g (2.65 ounces) black fondant (this is the exact amount used allow extra for rolling out and cutting 200g (7.05 ounces) would be plenty)
Edible gold luster dust
Clean paint brush, knife, non-stick baking paper, cake tins, palette knife to spread ganache.
Free pdf template of the mocking jay pin in cake size

Sugar Flames:
1 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon glucose syrup
1/4 cup water
red food colour
yellow food colour

Real Flames:
3 tablespoons salt
150ml vodka

Hunger Games Cake Directions

Make your mockingjay bird pin ahead of time out of black fondant. Follow the detailed directions in the video to make this. It can be made up to a month ahead, but at least a few days ahead will give it time to dry out. You can make it the same day as you need it but it will be harder to transfer to the cake.

Make both of the ganache and leave at room temperature over night, or int he fridge for a few hours.

Make the cake batter, remove 1/2 a cup and mix with red food coloring, remove another half a cup and mix with red and yellow to make orange. Pour plain cake batter into tins and swirl with red and orange batter. Bake the cake and cool in tin.

Level and layer the first tow cakes using the peach ganache between the layers. Cut the third layer diagonally and add to the top.

Cover the whole cake in a thin coat of ganache and refrigerate for an hour

Cover in a thicker coat of ganache and smooth as shown in the video.

Bring the sugar and water and glucose to the boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Wash down the sides of the pan using a pastry brush and leave unstirred until the mixture just starts to go golden in one area (usually the centre on an electric stovetop or towards the outside edge on gas. Remove from the heat and stir in some red and yellow food colourings and pour onto non-stick paper. Follow the video directions for shaping and decorating the cake.

Prim “You saved my life, you gave this a chance”
Catniss “Yes, to live”
Prim “No. to do something”

Do something great… give a gift of compassion to to someone who needs it.
Click here to see the Gifts of Compassion, you can choose to send a goat, a chicken, some vegetable seeds, clean water or more to help a family in need and give them hope.

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20 Responses to Hunger Games Cake Catching Fire

  1. Teresa Damron says:

    Thank you for the walk through. My daughter is a huge fan of The Hunger Games and just loved this cake! We did everything exactly as you did except I used raspberry juice in the ganache. Love your site. I’m making other things from here this weekend for a friends baby shower. Blessings to you!

  2. moviedeeva says:

    Here’s my birthday cake! Like evangeline, I also had problems with the sugar flames, so I removed them. The flames hardened a couple of days later, so I added them to what was left of the cake (it’s more than half gone now). ;-)

  3. evangeline Baleikasavu says:

    Hi Ann,
    so I attempted to make this cake for my friend’s birthday. She loved the movie, so I thought of giving this a try. Besides the sugar flames which would not stay glued on the cake, and which had the tops of the sugar flames bending all the time ( I eventually just removed them), the cake turned out great! even the flames worked well…luckily we tested lighting up the vodka and salt the night before (huge flames!!) so we put less vodka on the actual day :-) I wanted to ask , just incase I do this again for someone else..with the sugar crystals, would I have to do this days in advance for it to be hard enough not to bend or fall off the cake sides? and would adding too much glucose syrup possibly be why it would not harden enouch not to keep bending? Thanks

    • evangeline Baleikasavu says:

      sorry forgot to attach a pic of the cake (without sugar flames) as it didn’t work , but still looked great and was yummy! thanks again for sharing all these great cake ideas with us!

    • Ann Ann says:

      no they will absorb moisture from the air so you’re better off making the flames on the day of the party

      • Laurie says:

        How long should it take for the sugar flames to harden? Mine haven’t after about an hour, so I’m wondering if I didn’t boil it long enough? Should I start over?

  4. evangeline Baleikasavu says:

    Hi Ann, can I use brown fondant instead of black? Thanks

  5. Cheyane says:

    could you maybe make a Harry Potter cake? Love your channel and blog!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jo says:

    When you say heatproof pan (for the real fire), do you mean not plastic, or is there something in particular called “heatproof”. Could I use metal pie or cake pans?

  7. Sela says:

    Hi Ann, if water makes chocolate seize, why doesn’t the peach juice make the chocolate seize?

  8. victoria says:

    Hi Ann, I’m from Argentina and I would love it if you could make a video on how to make a strawberry (or any other berry) charlotte. PS: I love your videos and think you are an amazing cook/baker!!

  9. Ashley says:

    Hey Ann, I LOVE THIS CAKE!!!!! I am in the process of making it and I have made the pin and flames so far. With the pin I didn’t have luster dust so I used pearl dust which didn’t work so I had to do the pin all over again and I had to use gold colored fondant that I made and the gold pearl dust and it turned out great(not as good as yours) but I am still happy the way they came out!!

  10. Elise says:

    Can you plz make a cake that looks like a hamser because I love hamsers and I had 3 hamsters. And thank you forthat you are make so beatuful cakes and cupcakes. :)

  11. Brae says:

    Wow !! Your very good!! Can you please make a Starbucks cake?? Like a cake filled with Starbucks?? Or a cake filled with Starbucks and decorated to look like Starbucks?? Yay!! Thanks sooo much!!
    ~Brae A. O{~<

  12. Gepe-nails says:

    Amazing!!
    Please, make a cake of assassins Creed in 3D, as the cake instagram!!
    Thanks. XOXO

  13. ashley says:

    This is one amazing cake. Well done!!!

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