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Coraline Button Cakes

By: Pfoinkle
Category: Fan Cakes, Miscellaneous

Black Button Cakes

Black Button Cakes

If you’ve read the book, Coraline (or seen the movie), you know that black buttons are basically evil and to be feared… at least when they serve as a substitute for eyes.

If you love the Coraline story and are planning a Coraline party, here are the easiest Coraline cakes, simple black (and yes, evil) buttons. There are two styles of buttons: one for people in a super hurry and one designed to be a replica of the button in the Coraline movie. (For a more complex cake, check out the Other Mother’s Birthday Party Cake.)

Bake two 9″ round layers of the cake of your choice. I baked Betty Crocker’s SuperMoist Milk Chocolate Cake.

The Easiest Button

Cutting holes for thread.

Cutting holes for thread.


Use toothpicks to mark placement of the thread holes in the buttons. If you have a cookie or fondant cutter the proper size for the holes in your button cakes, by all means use those to cut the holes. I didn’t have the right size cutter, but discovered that a champagne flute was perfect. If you use a champagne flute (or other glassware) to cut the holes, press the flute straight down, twist the flute about making a full circle and then lift straight up.



Champagne Flute as cake cutter.

Champagne Flute as cake cutter.

As you can see, the cake sticks inside the champagne flute, leaving the perfect thread hole. Remove cake from flute and cut additional holes.

Frost the cake with black frosting. Once the cake is frosted, use the “paper towel” method to smooth the buttercream.

Fill a parchment bag with black frosting and a plain circle tip (I used a #5 tip) to make the thread in and between the thread holes. I tried a variety of different thread layouts and sizes — everything from lots of piled up criss-crossing threads to very neat, calculated, and layered threads. In the end, I found that 2-3 spaced out individual threads (in each direction) gave the best overall look.

If you don’t have a pastry bag or simply prefer an even easier cake, use black string licorice for the threads.

That’s all there is to it, you just made the simple button cake — perfect for your Coraline party!

Replica Button Cake

Coraline Replica Button Cake

Coraline Replica Button Cake


The Coraline movie buttons, have four holes and an indentation.


Cutting button indentation.

Cutting button indentation.

To create the indentation, first cut a circle in the cake as deep as you want the indentation. You can either download this 6″ circle pattern for a guide, or you can do as I did and find a saucer or dessert plate that’s about the right size to use as a pattern.


Indentation removed.

Indentation removed.

Once you’ve cut the circle, remove the center portion of cake using a fork or spoon to pull out the unwanted cake portions. When you’re finished, you should have a cake resembling the one in the picture to the left.


Follow the instructions above for removing thread holes, frosting, and finishing the cake.

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