This adorable kitty cat cake is so simple and fun to make! These step by step instructions will show you how to turn a boring cake into a fun kitty cat cake using buttercream, rice crispy treats, and fondant.
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One of my nieces recently had her first birthday and I was so excited to get to make her cake. With my own three boys, making cakes for them consists of video game characters, pirates, and dinosaurs. I love it when I get to do girly things for my nieces, especially this kitty cat cake.
I made a large cake for everyone to share and a little smash cake for the birthday girl. The large cake was three 8-inch layers of my vanilla cake with a coconut buttercream frosting and toasted coconut and caramel sauce for the filling. The smash cake was just a 6-inch version. The cake turned out adorable and delicious. Both guests and birthday girl enjoyed it!
This cake has a lot of steps but they can be done all in succession or like I do… in between laundry and dishes, and running or chasing kids here and there, or late at night when they are all finally in bed. I baked the cakes one day and then decorated them over the course of the following day.
Here is what you will need to make your own Kitty Cat Cake:
cake (a three layer 8-inch cake is pictured)
rice crispy treats or extra cake for the ears
pink gel food coloring
black gel food coloring
a small amount of white fondant
cake board (a 10-inch board is pictured)
Piping bags or plastic baggies
233 icing tip for the fur
toothpicks or skewers
Lazy Susan or rotating cake stand
Start by layering and crumb coating your cake, then refrigerate for about 30 minutes or more. This will keep it nice and firm while you are decorating. After the cake is sufficiently chilled, it’s time to add the “fur.” Set aside about a 1/2 cup of icing for piping the eyes and nose later. Fill your piping bag or large plastic bag fitted with the 233 tip.
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Starting in any area of the cake, hold the bag at a 90-degree angle about 1/8” or so away from to the surface of the cake, squeeze the bag and pull away and release pressure. For this cake, I also pulled away in different directions just to give it a not so perfect look. Practice on a plate or wax paper a few times to get the feel of it. It is very forgiving though if you mess up just smooth it with the spatula or smash down and go back over it. Where you begin does not really matter either. I think it looks more natural (as natural as fur made of icing can) to move around in large patches pulling in different directions until the whole cake is filled.
To make the ears, cut a square from rice crispy treats or extra cake. (Because I also made a smash cake, I had some leftover cake from increasing the recipe.) Cut the square in half diagonally and you will have two equal triangles for the ears. Coat the triangles with a thin layer of icing. Place toothpicks or skewers in the bottom of the ears, then push into the top of the cake. Cover the sides and back with “fur”. Roll out the fondant to about 1/8” and cut a square a little bit smaller than the ear, then cut in half diagonally to make two triangles. Brush a little water on the back of the fondant then place on the front of the ear.
For the face, tint the reserved icing, about a 1/4 cup each of pink and black. Place the tinted icing in piping bags or plastic sandwich bags. A tip is not really needed for this. I just snip the end of the bag with scissors. Pipe the eyes in black and nose in pink. Then roll out fondant as before and cut out circles for the cheeks. Brush a little water on the back and place on the cake. Pipe three thin lines coming off the cheeks to create the whiskers. And there you have it! A very cute kitty cat cake to share at your next party. Now go get your Kitty Cat cake on!
And there you have it! A very cute kitty cat cake to share at your next party. Now go get your Kitty Cat cake on!
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