PJ Masks Cake

PJ Masks Cake

Three colors and three toppers are all you need to decorate a fun PJ Masks cake!

I love the idea behind the PJ Masks show - when the characters put on their pajamas, they become superheroes! Sometimes that's how I feel - I've done some of my best work in my pajamas! 😉  (Full disclosure though; I didn't have little kids at the time and I definitely had to google 'PJ Masks' when I got my first request for a PJ Masks cake!) 

One quick note- gel colors will give you the best bright colors for this cake! Liquid colors will tend to produce more pastel tones. You can get away with using less gel food color if you make and color your frosting a day or two ahead of time. Allowing the colored frosting time to sit lets the color deepen. No idea why, but it does. 🙂 

Chocolate cake layers, one batch of frosting, a few sprinkles and three figurine toppers – DONE! For being so easy to make (IMHO), it turned out pretty cute! Recipe below!

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Do I have to make the cake / frosting from scratch? 

  • Absolutely not if you don't want to! You can substitute 2 of your favorite chocolate cake mixes plus the ingredients the mix calls for; keep the baking pans the same! 
    Store bought frosting is usually a little thinner than my recipe; add a 1/4 cup of extra powdered sugar at a time until you reach a consistency that spreads and stays in place on the cake well. 

Can I make the cake / frosting ahead of time? 

  • Definitely! Wrap the cake layers well and refrigerate up to 4 days or freeze up to 4 months. Transfer the frosting to a zip-lock bag and squeeze out the extra air, and again - refrigerate up to 4 days or freeze up to 4 months. 
    Cover any remaining cake well to keep it from drying out - it will keep at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for 3-5 days. 

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PJ Masks Cake

What could be better for aspiring little superheroes than a fun colorful PJ Masks Cake? Gel colors and figurine toppers make this one super easy!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Decorating time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: PJ Masks Cake
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 752kcal
Author: Sarah H



Chocolate Cake layers

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour (350g)
  • 2 ¼ cups granulated sugar (450g)
  • 1 ¼ cup cocoa powder (100g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks/250g, softened)
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk (350mL; buttermilk powder with water is an option if you can’t find liquid buttermilk at your grocery store!)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese buttercream frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (or 1 package, softened)
  • 16 Tablespoons two sticks butter (or 2 sticks, softened)
  • 6-7 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)
  • Red gel food color (Save & add later! Linked is the Americolor Red gel that I used)
  • Green gel food color (Save & add later! Linked is the Americolor Leaf Green gel that I used)
  • Blue gel food color (Save & add later! (Linked is the Americolor Royal Blue gel that I used)

Filling & Decorations

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional; if you'd like to fill the cake with ganache)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (optional; if you'd like to fill the cake with ganache)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Sprinkles, white stars (I used a seasonal mix from FancySprinkles; linked is the closest equivalent I could find on Amazon!)


  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (180C) or 325 FC (160C) for a convection oven. Grease 3 8-inch cake pans with non-stick or baker's floured spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low for a minute to combine dry ingredients. Add softened butter 1 Tablespoon at a time until well incorporated into the dry ingredients and no lumps of butter are visible.
  • Next, whisk eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla together until well combined. With the mixer on low, add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and beat for another 20 seconds.
  • Fill the three pans evenly - I find a kitchen scale helpful for this part, and each of mine weighed out to about 550g. Bake for 30-35 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow cake layers to cool for 10-15 minutes on a wire cooling rack before removing from pans, and cool completely before frosting. Set in the fridge or freezer to accelerate the cooling process if desired.
  • (The hang time while you're waiting for cake layers to cool is a great time to start prepping your frosting!)

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

  • Beat together softened cream cheese and butter; slowly add in powdered sugar alternating with milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add vanilla and salt if needed and beat until well combined.
  • (You can fill and/or crumb-coat your cake with white frosting if you'd like to use less gel food coloring - just wait until the final layer to split and color your frosting! Or you can use colored frosting -100% up to you!)
  • When you’re ready, divide frosting into 3 equal parts and add gel food colors until desired color is reached. (Again; if you have time, making your frosting a day or so ahead and letting it sit overnight lets you get away with less gel color!)


  • Once your cakes are cool, level them (if needed/desired). This can be done with a cake leveler or a large serrated knife and a ruler.
  • Place a smear of frosting on your cake circle (to keep the cake from sliding while you decorate it) and center your first cake layer in the center of the circle.
  • Spread the layer with frosting (or - optional - pipe a border if you’d rather fill it with chocolate ganache like I did in the video (1 cup semisweet chocolate chips melted with 3/4 cup whipping cream and cooled to a spreadable consistency). Add the next cake layer on top. Repeat the process with your remaining cake layers.
  • Now you're ready to crumb-coat . If you're unfamiliar with crumb-coating, it's just what it sounds like – spreading a thin layer of frosting over the entire outside of the cake to keep crumbs out of your final layer. I usually do this with an offset spatula.


  • Once your crumb coat has set (this takes about 5-10 minutes in the fridge), add your layers of colored frosting and smooth. I like to use an offset spatula and cake scraper for this part – the colors will bleed into each other a bit, but cleaning off the cake scraper between every pass smoothing the cake will help! Once your cake is covered, place it into the fridge or freezer to set the frosting.
  • Transfer your remaining colored frosting to small piping bags (or ziplock bags), and pipe rows of frosting onto a sheet of plastic wrap. Lift one side of the plastic wrap and pull it over the top to the other side of the rows, creating a ‘roll’ of frosting. Trim off the tip of the plastic wrap, and transfer the ‘roll’ to a piping bag fitted with a star-tip nozzle (I used my large 1B nozzle).
  • Pipe swirls around the top border of the cake, and add sprinkles if you’d like! Add your figurines on top – and you’re done!



Please note nutrition information is an estimate and may not be exactly accurate. 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 36g

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