My daughter who is in grade primary decided she wanted a black cat cake to bring to school on Halloween. This is what I came up with.
I baked two 8 inch round cakes, that was enough to do the body. I cooked two more for the head, tail, ears, and paws. Then it was cutting, carving and stacking with buttercream frosting. I frosted the face white and then outlined the facial features in charcoal. The ears were done in grey and black dragged threw with a fork.
The whole cat was covered in black frosting, nose in grey, red for mouth and piped in green with black for eyes. The whiskers were spaghetti dyed with black food coloring. The collar was silver candy balls and candycorn for tag. The claws were white airhead candy.
The mouse was chocolate truffle rolled in cocoa, his eyes were red heart candy broke in two, the ears were jubes and the tail white airhead candy rolled in cocoa.
My daughter and her entire class loved the cake and it was a lot of fun to make.
This 3D Cat Cake was a carved vanilla sponge cake with jam and vanilla buttercream. The buttercream was spread over the outside of the cake to help it have a smoother finish when it was covered and help it stay moist.
I baked layers of sponge cake and a sphere (Christmas pudding tin) for the head. I carved the cake free hand and covered it in white sugar paste then painted on the stripes. The paws and tail are pieces of icing that are butted up to the cake before it was covered. I made a collar for the cat to help join the head and body. I covered the board in brown sugar paste and scored the lines for the flooring, painted on the wood effect and then glossed it.
The mice were made from sugar paste as an extra bit of decoration. I needed to get the Happy Birthday message on somewhere, so I thought of making it look like an envelope with the message on, making it the focus of the mice and cats attention.
I made this cake for my daughters 4th birthday. She is cat mad and wanted a cake that looked like Lulu her favourite soft toy cat. I was a bit nervous as I've never done a completely fondant covered cake before. I couldn't decide how to do a homemade kitty cat cake and even dreamt about it!
In the end I baked 2 tray baked sponges and then baked a sponge in a glass bowl for the head. I carved all the shapes while the cake was frozen and then 'glued' it all together with strawberry jam and butter icing. The feet were all made from big chunks of fondant and then the whole thing was covered in one large piece, rolled out.
When my daughter went to bed the night before her birthday, it looked like a mummified cat and she was very concerned that it had no face! By the next morning it had been transformed and she loved her homemade kitty cat cake. I can't wait for the next challenge!
We baked a Victoria sandwich sponge for this cake doubling the recipe for each of 2 x 8" square tins. Sandwiched together with a little strawberry jam and buttercream, we covered the outside of the sponge with a thin layer of buttercream and covered the sponge and the cakeboard with fondant. We used colouring gel to colour the fondant in the relevant colours and cut the shapes out to place on top of the cake, the window shutters were placed on top of the window for a 3D effect. Whiskers and facial details were piped on using small tubes of ready made icing gel. The flower decorations are just shaped out of coloured fondant and the whole cake was dusted with pink edible cake decorating glitter just to give an extra thrill to a little girl. A little tip we learned was not to sprinkle the glitter on a damp surface, make sure the cake is dry first.