Roald Dahl Everlasting Gobstopper cake

7 showstopper cakes all book lovers need to see

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

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7 showstopper cakes all book lovers need to see

Big occasions call for big cakes. And we're celebrating 50 years of International Literacy Day with some amazing book themed bakes! The day, is all about encouraging education and literacy for all in every country in the world, and that's definitely something to shout about.

So from Roald Dahl to JRR Tolkein, here are some fantastic bakes based on some of the world's most celebrated novels...

Roald Dahl’s Matilda cake

“I'm wondering what to read next." Matilda said. "I've finished all the children's books.” You won't be stuck for things to read with this magical book-covered cake creation which is filled to the brim with novels. The showstopper is made up of three cakes piled on top of each other and then it's up to you to put those icing skills to the test. 

The great glass elevator

Roald Dahl really knew how to capture the hearts, minds and imaginations of children - which is why this spectacular glass elevator cake is great on so many levels. The glass part of the decoration is made from melting down some clear mints and then 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 prety magical at home with 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? Just don't be late for tea, whatever you do!

Everlasting Gobstopper cake

Piñata-style cakes are big news in the cake world, and this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired creation is no exception. It's covered in icing and the surprise Smarties centre will have everyone squealing with delight! 


Snozzcumbers are the BFG's favourite food. Described as looking like a cucumber, but being very different, the original Snozzcumber in the books tasted of frogskin and rotten fish according to Sophie, while the BFG said it tasted like cockroaches and slime wanglers. We can assure you however, this big and 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