I made this Jess The Cat Cake for my daughter’s 5th birthday. Not being a fan of fondant icing I decided to try and make an all-chocolate cake.
First I made 3 20cm round sandwich tins of cake, I used a recipe for intense and dense chocolate cake, but any sandwich cake recipe would do, although I would stick with chocolate cake personally. I sandwiched 2 of the layers together with whipped cream. I used the 3rd layer to cut out triangles for the ears and an oval for the muzzle, slightly shaved round the top to make it rounded, then I positioned the muzzle on top using more whipped cream, and positioned the ears, using toothpicks to make sure they stayed in place.
After, I made a ganache with dark chocolate which I used to cover all the cake except the muzzle, and a thick ganache made with white chocolate to cover the muzzle, which I pricked with a fork to give a fur effect. After, it was just piping, white chocolate with a couple of drops of red food coloring to do the pink nose and ears, and with green coloring for the eyes. Dark chocolate with a drop of black coloring for the whiskers, mouth, pupils, eyebrows and outlining.
Finally I stuck a silver sugar ball in each eye pupil.
This Cat Birthday Cake was easy and fun to make! First I made one cake mix and put half in a 10 inch circle pan and the rest in a 8x8 square pan. After they cooled out of the oven I placed the circle on a cake board and then cut ears out of the square cake and attached them at the top. I froze the cake for a half hour or so and took it back out to frost.
I dyed white frosting purple and frosted the cake with a spatula. After frosting all of the purple I used a fork to create fur, by lightly sweeping it over the frosting. I then mixed pink into white frosting for the inside of the ears and piped this on, also piped on a bow.
I used snow balls (Hostess or other brand) for the cheeks and Starburst for the nose and tongue. I microwaved the Starburst for 3 seconds and then molded into shape. I used black lace licorice for the whiskers and eyelashes. I cut a marshmallow in half for the eyes and placed junior mints with a dab of frosting on the marshmallow. You can't exactly tell from the photo, but I used purple sprinkles and pink for the ears. I used multi-color for the bow. And there you have it!
Our three-year-old son asked for cakes that would resemble our two cats for his birthday. We bought a half sheet vanilla cake (without icing) at the local grocery store. I traced a medium-sized bowl twice on the top and then drew on the ears lightly on the top.
Then I cut each cat out in one big piece. I used a picture of the cats to help with the details. The picture really helped to get the unique coloring each cat correct on the cakes. We used store-bought icing with food coloring to make the different colors except for the black. We bought the black icing at the grocery store separately from the bakery. We put on all the white icing first and then added the orange and then the black.
Finally, we put on the details such as the stripes, whiskers, eyes, irises and whiskers. Our son was really excited and loved both Cat Birthday Cakes! We were pleased that they actually came out looking like both cats.