Bake cake mixes according to package directions. Use 1 large and 1 small glass bowl, 12 muffin tins, and one small loaf pan. Let cool.
Place the large round cake inverted on platter and place the small round cake inverted on top. Line up one edge of the two cakes. Cut two ears out of the loaf cake. Arrange the cupcakes and ears around the round cake with 4 cupcakes between the ears.
Color the white frosting a golden yellow. Using a round tip draw in the eyes with white frosting and the nose, mouth, and inside of the eyes with chocolate frosting. Using a star frosting tip and the yellow frosting cover the lion with "fur". Add chocolate for the inside of the ears. Finally, use a ridged tip to create the "mane" using chocolate frosting on the cupcakes.