Do you need an idea for your special someone’s birthday gift? Make a sweet, fluffy cat cake with this simple cake decorating tutorial!
This little ivory white customized cake was ordered by my good friend Shayne for her best friend Daisy. She told me that Daisy loves Cat so much that she wanted to give her something special and she thought that a cake with a cat design is a magnificent idea.
I bet she’s not mistaken! Just look at this cutee little furry figure!
So if you want to try to make a cake like this, now your chance.
Don’t be intimidated by piping. You can practice first on a plate before trying it on the cake. Ready-made fondant, gel food coloring, and piping supplies can all be found at your local craft superstore or online.
Before making my customized cake, I normally sketch its design so that I have an exact idea of how the cake would turn out to be.
Here are the things you need:
- A two layer, round cake recipe of your choice – baked from scratch or from the box.
- 4 cups of vanilla buttercream or 2 cans of frosting
- yellow gel food coloring
- An offset spatula or butter knife
- A bench scraper
- A piping bag fitted with an open grass tip —I used the Wilton No.233 Tip
- A 4-inch round ball of fondant
- Parchment paper
- Cornstarch/ Icing Powder / Shortening for working with fondant
- A long wooden BBQ skewer, cut into two equal-length sticks
Ok, let’s begin with the face and the kitty ears!
For the ears: Using your hands and a bit of cornstarch/icing sugar to avoid stickiness, mold two pieces of white fondant into ears. Color a little bit of fondant yellow by kneading a tiny bit of gel food coloring into the white fondant, then make two triangles for the ears. Using your wooden BBQ stick, cut into two. Place each ear onto a stick (kind of like a marshmallow).
For the nose: Use the pink fondant to make an embossed little triangle and your fingers to make indents for nostrils.
For the round eyes: Roll some black fondant in between your hands until it is perfectly round and press on the middle.
For the cheeks and whiskers: Using a roller pin, dust the surface with icing sugar and flatten the white fondant and cut two circle shapes for the cheeks. Then, roll some black fondant in between your hands until it is thin and even. Shape it into lines for the whiskers.
For the tongue: Use red gel to tint the white fondant and roll perfectly in between your hands until it is thin and even. Shape it into an oval shape and make an indent in the middle for the tongue.
Now, let’s make the Cat Head Cake
Bake your cakes according to the recipe instructions. Let cakes cool completely on wire racks in their pans.
Make your buttercream according to recipe instructions. Add a tiny bit of yellow gel color (a little goes a long way with this stuff!) to tint it ivory white.
Place a dab of buttercream on a cake plate or cardboard cake board.
Carefully remove your first cake layer from your cake pan. Use a serrated knife / or cake leveler to level your cake so the top is flat.
Place the cake cut-side-up on the cake plate (the dab of buttercream acts as glue).
Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread a nice creamy layer of buttercream on top.
Remove your second cake layer from your cake pan. Level your cake layer as you did with the first layer. Place the second layer cut-side-down onto the first frosted layer. Begin frosting the top.
Continue frosting until the entire exterior is covered in buttercream.
Hold your bench scraper upright against the side of the cake and scrape all the way around to smooth out the buttercream frosting. Now you’re ready to pipe your sweet, fluffy cat’s “fur”!
Gently push the wooden stick two fondant triangles on the top sides of the cake for the cat’s ears.
Using scissors, snip an inch off the pointy end of a disposable piping bag. Place the open grass tip (Wilton’s # 233) on top of the coupler and place inside the piping bag so the tip is sticking out of the end. Screw the plastic ring onto the coupler (over the outside of the bag) to keep the piping bag in place.
Fill in the piping bag with the buttercream frosting using the offset spatula.
Note: I use this nifty trick for filling my piping bags: I fold my bag over a glass or yogurt container and use a spatula to fill the bag.
Ready to pipe! Yay! You can practice piping the fur a few times on a plate if you like. Hold your piping bag upright and press gently to create a tiny hair.
Start piping your cake! You can start from the head and backside of the ears going down to the sides and bottom lines.
Keep going until the exterior sides of your cake are covered in fur.
It’s time to make the Cat’s Face!
On the front side of your cake, place your eyes, nose, and mouth. The fondant will stick to the buttercream so you need not worry about adhering it.
Attached the whiskers to the fondant cheeks. You can brush a little bit of water to stick the ends of the black whiskers to the fondant cheek.
Finally, attached the red fondant flower for a girly looking cat. Ah, the cuteness!
Front view of your new pal Kitty!
I also love to make a little custom birthday flag for my cakes: simply write a personal message on a piece of craft paper and tape it to a wooden BBQ skewer. For this one I used a 2-inch wide square craft punch.
Hello, cutee kitty! All ready to party. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, see you again real soon!
Riah – The Happy Baker