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What is a Nanalan Cake and How to Make One?

If you are a fan of the Canadian children’s show Nanalan’, you might have heard of the term “Nanalan cake”. But what exactly is it and how can you make one at home? In this blog post, we will answer these questions and more, as we explore the origins, popularity, and recipe of this whimsical cake.

What is Nanalan’?

Nanalan’ is a puppet show that aired from 1999 to 2001 on CBC Television. It follows the adventures of a three-year-old girl named Mona, who spends her days in her grandmother’s backyard with her dog Russell and her puppet friends. The show is known for its colorful and quirky characters, its imaginative and educational stories, and its catchy theme song.

Nanalan’ has gained a cult following over the years, especially among millennials who grew up watching the show. It has also become a popular subject of memes, remixes, and parodies on the internet, especially on platforms like YouTube and TikTok.

What is a Nanalan Cake?

A Nanalan cake is a type of cake inspired by the show Nanalan’. It is typically themed around the characters and elements of the show, making it a fun and colorful treat for fans of the series, especially for children’s birthday parties or other special occasions.

There is no official or definitive recipe for a Nanalan cake, as different bakers and fans may have their own creative variations. However, a common feature of most Nanalan cakes is the use of green frosting to resemble Mona’s skin color, and black or brown decorations to create her eyes, nose, and mouth. Some Nanalan cakes may also include other characters or objects from the show, such as Russell, Nana Bea, the flowers, the birds, or the sun.

How to Make a Nanalan Cake?

Making a Nanalan cake is not very difficult, as long as you have some basic baking skills and ingredients. Here is a simple and easy recipe that you can follow to make your own Nanalan cake at home:


  • 1 box of white cake mix (or your favorite flavor)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting
  • Black and brown candy melts or chocolate chips
  • Optional: sprinkles, candies, or other decorations of your choice


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cake mix, eggs, oil, and water until well combined.
  3. Add a few drops of green food coloring and stir until the batter is evenly tinted. You can adjust the amount of food coloring depending on how dark or light you want your cake to be.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  7. Once the cake is cooled, frost it with the vanilla frosting. You can also add some green food coloring to the frosting if you want a more vibrant color.
  8. Melt the black and brown candy melts or chocolate chips in separate microwave-safe bowls, following the package directions. Transfer them to piping bags or ziplock bags with a small hole cut in the corner.
  9. Use the melted candy or chocolate to draw Mona’s eyes, nose, and mouth on the cake. You can also use them to create other details, such as her hair, eyebrows, or eyelashes.
  10. Add any other decorations that you like, such as sprinkles, candies, or other characters from the show. Be creative and have fun!
  11. Enjoy your Nanalan cake with your friends and family!


  • Q: Where can I watch Nanalan?
  • A: You can watch some episodes of Nanalan on YouTube or on the official website. You can also buy the DVD sets on Amazon or other online retailers.
  • Q: Why is Nanalan cake trending on TikTok?
  • A: Nanalan cake became a viral topic on TikTok in early February 2024, after a user named @liljepsdollhouse1 posted a video of her disappointed reaction when she received a regular strawberry shortcake instead of a Nanalan cake for her birthday. The video sparked a lot of curiosity and sympathy from other users, who wondered what a Nanalan cake was and how to make one.
  • Q: What are some other Nanalan-related memes or trends on the internet?
  • A: Nanalan’ has inspired many memes and trends on the internet over the years, such as:


Nanalan cake is a delicious and fun way to celebrate your love for the show Nanalan’. It is easy to make and customize, and it will surely impress your guests and make them smile. Whether you are a fan of the show or just curious about the trend, we hope you enjoyed this blog post and learned something new. Happy baking!

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