Brilliant bakes and snacks inspired by your favourite children’s books

From Matilda's book tower to The BFG's snozzcumber Swiss roll...

Brilliant bakes and snacks inspired by your favourite children’s books

Big occasions call for big cakes. And we're celebrating World Book Day with some amazing book-themed bakes! 

From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl certainly knew how to weave food into his stories. The fudgey chocolate cake in Matilda has captured the imaginations of kids (and adults) for decades, and who hasn't wished that Everlasting Gobstoppers really existed?

JK Rowling brought us wonderfully imaginative treats in Harry Potter (who could forget butter beer, or every-flavour jelly beans?). And, of course, Alice in Wonderland has inspired countless 'Mad Hatter' themed tea parties. 

If you want to celebrate your favourite book with a spectacular cake, or just a simple snack, boy do we have some ideas for you...

Harry potter sorting hat muffins

How cute are these muffins? The (talking) Sorting Hat in Harry Potter assigns each and every student to a different house – hence the fillings of these cupcakes reference the Hogwarts house colours. We'll go for a Gryffindor muffin, thanks!

very hungry caterpillars 

No baking is involved in making these little snacks, which pay homage to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In fact, they're very quick and very easy to assemble, using just celery, grapes, soft cheese, chives and (of course) edible eyes!

Roald Dahl’s Matilda cake

“I'm wondering what to read next." Matilda said. "I've finished all the children's books." This magical book-covered cake creation is made up of three cakes piled on top of each other – then it's up to you to put those icing skills to the test. 

The great glass elevator

The follow up to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator features another of Willy Wonka's inventions. The elevator is recreated here by melting down clear mints, and waiting for it to set. Genius.

Golden snitch pops

Jump on Harry Potter's Nimbus 2000 to chase after these sparkly winged snitches. They're actually easier to make than they look as the snitches are made using cake pops which are dunked in chocolate and then decorated with icing. 

Willy Wonka bars

You don’t need a golden ticket to experience all the joy of the chocolate factory – you can make something pretty magical at home, like this scrumptious bar. With just two main ingredients (chocolate and sweets), why not follow in Willy Wonka’s footprints and experiment with any other ingredients you like! Just don't leave out the popping candy...

Alice in Wonderland teapot cake

Just marvel at this amazing teapot cake, which looks almost too good to eat! Everyone knows that a celebration calls for tea and cake and what could be better than an army of gingerbread card soldiers flying out of the Mad Hatter’s teapot? You wouldn't want to be late for this tea party...

Everlasting Gobstopper cake

Piñata-style cakes are fun to make, and this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired creation is pretty impressive. Covered in icing, the avalanche of Smarties inside will prove quite the talking point with your guests.


Snozzcumbers are the BFG's favourite food. Resembling a cucumber with its striped, warty appearance, the Snozzcumber is described by Sophie as tasting of frogskin and rotten fish, while the BFG likens the taste to cockroaches. When sliced up it's said to have slimy, putrid flesh and lots of seeds. Grim. We can assure you that our fabulous Swiss roll with lime jelly doesn't bear any resemblance in the taste department.

Feeling inspired to make your own masterpiece? Make sure you stock up on everything you need at Asda or pop into your local store