Thursday, 27 June 2013

What's new, Pussy Cat?

Another birthday, another cake. After my owl themed cake for Emily's birthday back in February, I decided to make another animal themed cake - this time for Vicky...the cat lover!

This cake felt MUCH simpler and less stressful to do than Emily's cake. I used the recipe for a basic chocolate sponge cake with butter cream icing and decided on the decorating myself - chocolate buttons, chocolate flakes, white malteasers...y'know, all the good stuff!


So here it is...




[Basic cake recipe adapted from Maria]

All you need for the cake is:


175g butter, unsalted
175g golden caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
150g self raising flour
50g drinking chocolate
50g milk chocolate (I used cadburys)

Chocolate Buttercream:
6 tbsp drinking chocolate
200g butter
200g icing sugar
50g milk chocoalte (cadburys again!)

Decorating:
4 mini packets of milk chocolate buttons
1/2 a sharing packet of white malteasers (half for the cake, half to share with yourself!)
10 cadburys flakes


First things first, preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar, adding a little egg at a time (this is important so the mix doesn't curdle!) If it does curdle, add a tbsp of flour and mix until the consistency is back to normal.


 In another bowl, sift the flour and cocoa/drinking chocolate, mixing well then fold in the butter and sugar.


Mix everything well then divide the mix between two lightly greased sandwich tins.


Cook for about 20 minutes. You will be able to tell they are perfect when the sponge is springy and bounces back.


Cool on a wire rack.


When cool, now comes the cat construction! Use one circle as the head. Cut the other circle in half, placing half at the bottom for the body and cutting the other half into two ear shaped triangles.

Then comes the decoration! Mix the buttercream and evenly spread it over the whole thing - ears, body, round the sides.

Crumble flake and white malteasers on the ears.

I used 5 milk chocolate buttons in a sort of flower shape for the eyes with a malteaser in each.

Use malteasers for the nose and mouth.

A looooad of buttons for the chest.

Flakes for the collar...

You can see for yourselves! I had this in my head for weeks so the decorating completely went to plan for me!



Simple, effective and delicious. I love making birthday cakes for my friends so hopefully Katie will take an interest in some kind of exotic animal to give me a challenge!

N xo

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