A cat cake of course!
It was my daughter’s 2nd birthday last month and she LOVES cats. Only from afar – when she gets close enough to touch them she’s not so sure about them!
I really wanted to make a realistic looking cat cake rather than a ‘Hello Kitty’ style flat cake. So I had a good look online but still couldn’t find anything that didn’t look a little bit freaky or unrealistic.
Then I remembered I had a lovely book where I found last year’s cake idea. It’s called ’50 Easy Party Cakes’ by Debbie Brown and has so many great designs – I wouldn’t exactly say they are ‘easy’ so the title is a little misleading, but then again I am a novice at this apart from a one day course!
The cat cake in this book was a cute black cat sitting on top of a huge ball of wool. This is why I used the pyrex bowl for my last cake – in practice for creating this ball shape. I made 2 ball shapes then cut them down to have 2 flat edges together with butter icing between to form the large ball. I also covered the whole ball in butter icing. In hindsight I think I put too much butter icing between the shapes as the ball kept sliding, and I ended up with a not so ball shape once the weight of the icing was brought into the equation!! Oh well! As my husband said – a ball of wool isn’t perfectly round anyway! Here it is:
I covered the ball shape with a layer of pink regal icing, then created lots of spaghetti strings with the same icing to form the wool. This part took HOURS!!! I had to glue each string onto the cake.
The cat itself was quite simple to make after the wool – and I found I really enjoyed creating him – it felt like he had a character all of his own! My daughter and her little friends really enjoyed eating him so he didn’t last long!
Look out fore more animals made from icing coming soon …