In The Night Garden Cupcakes In 6 Easy Steps

Do you have an In The Night Garden fan in your house? Then this simple cupcakes tutorial will have you earning Super Mummy points in no time!

This is only my 4th set of decorated cupcakes EVER so if I can do it, so can you. Remember, fondant icing is just playdough for adults (with the added bonus of tasting a-maz-ing!)

You will need

Ready-made white fondant icing

Food colouring

Plain Cupcakes

Butter Icing

Icing Sugar

Rolling pin

Round cookie cutter

Small circle cutter

Table Knife

Palette knife (not essential)

The Plan

I made a simple mock-up of the buns so I knew what I was working towards.

Cupcakes plan

Colour The Fondant Icing

Fondant Icing is easy to colour. Pull off a bit of the white ready-made fondant. Dip a cocktail stick into the colour you need and wipe it onto the fondant. Keep folding the fondant in on itself until it is coloured all the way through.

Coloured fondant icing cupcakes

For these cupcakes, you’ll need to make the 9 colours in the plan (the 8 pictured plus white):

  • Blue
  • Beige
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Brown
  • White
  • Black
  • Yellow
  • Green

Remember, you can mix colours too (so to make brown, make a red fondant and then add some green colouring until you get the shade you want).

Make the butter icing foundation

Put a dollop of butter icing onto each bun and spread it evenly over the surface.

Technically, you’re supposed to use buns that are below the line of the bun case and then you can use the icing to level them off with the top of the case, but our buns rose quite a bit. Personally, I think its fine to have dome-shaped cupcakes!

Make the fondant icing disc

Sprinkle some icing sugar onto your bench to stop the icing sticking to it. Roll out the green fondant until it is about 3mm thick. Select a cookie cutter that is slightly bigger than your cupcakes and cut out a disc.

Green disc cupcakes

Use a spatula to pick up the disc and place it on your bun. Gently press the edges into the bun.

Butter Icing cupcakes

How To Make Tombliboo Unn Cupcakes

Roll out the beige fondant and use a small circle cutter for the face. Using your finger, spread a small amount of butter icing on the back (this is the glue of the cupcake world!) and stick the circle onto your bun.

Face cupcakes

Add a nose by taking a pinch of the beige icing and rolling it into a ball. And then make 5 larger balls of the red icing for the hair. Finally, take 2 tiny bits of black icing and make 2 balls for eyes. Again, stick all of these on with butter icing.

You’re done!

tombliboo cupcakes

Additional Extras

Makka Pakka

Makka Pakka (and Iggle Piggle) has an oval-shaped face. For this, I just cut my usual circle and then stretched it slightly with my fingers.

Nose cupcakes

The ears (is that what they are??) are made by rolling small cylinders and sticking them together with butter icing. It can be quite fiddly but you’ll get there!

Makka Pakka Ears cupcakes

Upsy Daisy

To make Upsy Daisy’s hair, just roll some thin sausage shapes with the different colours, spread a thin layer of butter icing along the back, and arrange them on the cupcake.

That’s it! Easy Peasy!

in the night garden cupcakes

Now you know what to do, here’s a snappier version of the steps for you to follow:

  1. Colour fondant icing
  2. Put a teaspoon of butter icing onto the bun and use a spatula to smooth it off
  3. Roll out the green fondant icing and use a round cookie cutter to make a disc
  4. Place on the bun and tuck the edges in
  5. Cut a smaller beige circle for the face and add a tiny beige ball for the nose (remember to use butter icing to stick them on)
  6. Roll 5 red balls for the hair and 2 small black balls for eyes

Psst! For my simple Farm Animal Buns tutorial, click here

animal farm buns all


Or if you fancy it, why not theme the whole party around In The Night Garden? And don’t forget to check out my 11 money-saving tricks for parties!

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    • 3
      Lucy At Home

      Aaaw thank you. It’s really not as hard as it looks. I would’ve been far to scared to attempt anything like this a couple of months ago, but my friend gave me a quick lesson in how to work with fondant, and it’s really quite simple once you get over the fear factor! Haha.

  1. 4

    Love this, I remember your farmyard animals tutorial which is coming massively in handy for my 3YO birthday coming up. You make it look so easy but I’m certain mine will be pants haha


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    Rhyming with Wine

    These look so effective – and yet relatively simple! I would have to go for a Makka Pakka one as he is my absolute favourite 😉 Thanks for sharing! #MarvMondays x

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    Lex Jackson

    This looks like such a simple, and fun idea. I am definitely going to give it a whirl when I’m in the baking mood. My little one will love it. You did fantastically for only your 4th ever ones! #dreamteam

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    lizzie ( firstooth )

    These look lovely! My kids aren’t big watchers of in the night garden but they love Peppa and Thomas the Tank Engine. I’d make their day if I made cupcakes of them I think! X

  5. 23

    Wow these look fab. I’m not much of a baker but my daughter loves In the Night Garden (and cakes) so I can’t wait to give them a go.. Thank you for sharing. You’ve made it sound so easy.

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    Bridie By The Sea

    I am seriously impressed! My little one loves in the night garden and she would adore these…what an inspired idea to use playdough for adults too 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam Hope to see you next time x

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