Adorable DIY Moana Cake Design Ideas

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Are you planning a Moana-themed party? I’ve got just the Moana Cake design for you. One of the best parts of a birthday party is, of course, the cake, but you don’t have to spend three days making it! With a few simple design ideas, you can have a memorable and delicious Moana cake.

A two tiered Moana Cake with a buttercream waterfall and Moana Cake toppers.

Up ahead, we will explore some fun and creative Moana cakes and provide tips and tricks for decorating your own.

Cake Toppers

The easiest way to decorate a Moana cake is to purchase some premade Moana cake toppers or ready-to-go decorations.

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The tiered cake above features a Moana and Maui cake topper, which can be easily found online and often at Walmart or Target.  

Pirouline Rolled Wafers

Have you heard about this cool idea to make your Moana cake look even more amazing? If you’re making a round or tiered Moana birthday cake, you can surround the outside of the cake with these Pirouline Rolled Wafers Stick Cookies.

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A Moana Birthday Cake with two tiers and a buttercream waterfall with Pirouline stick cookies and fondant flowers, and a Maui and Moana cake topper.

No fancy cake decorating skills required! And the best part? The cookies are delicious!

To use Pirouline Rolled Wafers in your Moana cake design, attach them to the outside of your cake with a bit of buttercream frosting or melted chocolate. You will need to cut down the cookies so they are about 1″ taller than the sides of your cake.

You can experiment with different flavors and colors of Pirouline Rolled Wafers to make your cake look even more unique.

Party Decorations

After you finish reading this post, we know your Moana cake is going to look fantastic, but remember to accessorize! A few simple Moana party decorations will tie everything together.  

Design Ideas

Here are a few Moana cake design ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

A Moana Sheet cake with moana cake toppers, with brown sugar sand and blue buttercream.

Moana Sheet Cake: If you’re looking for a simple way to make a Moana cake, consider making a sheet cake with buttercream frosting. Sheet cakes are simple to make and can be decorated in a variety of ways, making them perfect for a Moana-themed party.

With a sheet cake, there’s plenty of room for brown sugar sand and Moana character toppers.

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Baby Moana Cake: If the birthday boy or girl is a fan of the movie’s younger version of Moana, consider making a baby Moana cake. Baby Moana and Hei Hei figures can be placed in the sand portion of the cake near the buttercream ocean.

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Moana Cupcakes: Frost your yummy cupcakes with shades of blue and top them with Moana cupcake toppers for an easy and delicious treat. 

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Beach Scene Cake: One of the most magical parts of Moana is the underwater world, which can be recreated with a simple blue buttercream ombre. Use graham cracker crumbs or brown sugar to around the edges of the cake to make the sand.

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Edible Images: If you’re not confident in your cake decorating skills, consider using Moana edible images to decorate your cake. Many online shops and party supply stores offer Moana-themed images that can be printed on edible paper and placed on the cake.

How to Decorate It

Now that you have some Moana cake design ideas, it’s time to bring them to life. Here are some tips for how to decorate your cake.

A Moana Birthday Cake with two tiers and a buttercream waterfall with Pirouline stick cookies and fondant flowers, and a Maui and Moana cake topper.

Make a buttercream waterfall: No cake sculpting is necessary to make this lovely buttercream waterfall affect. Use an offset spatula to make lots of textures in the “water.”

Start at the bottom of the waterfall and work your way up, using a gentle back-and-forth motion to create the wave effect. Add some extra texture at the the base of each Moana cake to make it look more like a flowing waterfall.

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Get creative with buttercream: Buttercream frosting is an excellent option for Moana cakes because it’s easy to work with and can be colored to match the colors of your party.

Consider a simple cake decorating technique like a buttercream ombre rosette design with a glitter cake banner (either cut out with a Cricut or purchased online).

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Incorporate island elements: Moana takes place on a tropical island, so consider adding island cake toppers to your cake design. This could include palm trees, coconuts, edible flowers, and other island-inspired decorations.

Premade cake toppers will save you a lot of time, and still look adorable!


Here are a few additional tips for making the perfect Moana cake:

  1. Use bright colors: Moana is a bright and colorful movie, so don’t be afraid to use bold and vibrant hues in your cake design. Think bright blues, greens, pinks and yellows.
  2. Keep it simple: While it can be tempting to go all-out with your Moana cake design, sometimes simple is better. A few island-themed decorations and a Moana cake topper can be just as effective as an elaborate design.
  3. Plan ahead: Decorating a cake takes time and effort, so be sure to plan in advance. Consider making the cake and any decorations a day or two in advance to ensure that everything is ready to go on the day of the party. You can also freeze the cake to spread out your time.

How to Make a Moana Cake Topper

If you want to make a Moana cake topper without using fondant or modeling chocolate, I’ve got a paper Moana design for you. You can create a beautiful and personalized Moana cake topper with just a few simple materials and some printer paper.

(But if you don’t have time for this, you can also buy a paper Moana cake topper online.)

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  • Moana image (found online)
  • Printer
  • Cardstock or heavy paper
  • Glitter Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewers
  • Tape or hot glue


  1. Start by finding a Moana image that you like–you can print an image directly from the internet. Make sure to adjust the image size so that it’s the right size for your cake. You can also print some starfish or other nautical designs to add to the topper.
  2. If you’re techy, you can also download a Moana font and type out your child’s name in the special font!
  3. Once you have your image(s), print it onto a sheet of cardstock or heavy paper.
  4. Use scissors to carefully cut out the different parts of the image, then glue it on top of some glitter cardstock for a sparkly look.
  5. Use wooden skewers to attach the different parts of the image to each other. Hot glue provides the best results, but tape can also secure the parts in place.

And there you have it! Beautiful Moana Cakes that are sure to delight your guests and make your kiddo smile. Feel free to experiment with different frosting techniques and decorations to make the cake your own. Have fun and happy decorating!

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