How to Make an Icing Cat

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How to Make an Icing Cat
Frost a cake to look like a cat with an icing knife and piping bag. (Ryan McVay/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Kittens and cats are adorable in real life and as decorations for cakes and other cupcakes. Make a cat out of icing to please to celebrate your favourite four-legged friend or to put a smile on any cat-lover's face. Buttercream icing, made out of butter, icing sugar and a small amount of water makes an ideal media to create decorate cakes with. Use a star tip and round icing tip to create a beautiful cat to impress your friends and family.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring cups
  • Icing knife
  • Parchment paper
  • Printer
  • Tape
  • Icing bags
  • Coupler base and ring
  • Round icing tip
  • Yellow food colouring
  • Medium star icing tip
  • Candy-coated chocolates
  • liquorice whips

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Instructions

    Ice the Cake

  1. 1

    Ice the surface of the cake by placing 1/2 cup of buttercream icing in the centre of the cake. Spread it around with an icing knife. Use forward motion only to spread the icing toward the edges of the cake. Make sure the knife does not touch the surface of the cake.

  2. 2

    Add more icing. Scoop smaller amount of icing near the top edge of the cake. Use your icing knife to bring the icing down around the sides of the cake. Carefully add more icing around the cake until the entire surface and sides have been covered.

  3. 3

    Place the cake in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to form a crust. Remove the cake and place a piece of parchment paper, slightly larger than the size of your hand over the top of the cake. Gently rub the surface of the cake through the paper to smooth the icing.

    Create the Cat

  1. 1

    Print a simple image of a cat or kitten out. Place the image on a flat work surface. Put a sheet of parchment paper over the cat image and tape the paper into place to secure.

  2. 2

    Fold a disposable icing bag in half, creating a cuff around the top part of the bag. Slide a plastic coupler base to the bottom of the bag. Put a small round tip over the top of the bag and coupler and secure it into place with a coupler ring.

  3. 3

    Add 1/4 cup of piping gel into the bag. Put two drops of yellow food colouring into the bag. Uncuff the plastic bag and mix the gel and the colour together in the bag using your fingers to mix the ingredients together. Twist the top part of the bag to secure the icing.

  4. 4

    Trace the outline of the cat with the icing. Gently squeeze the bag as you trace the printed cat image onto the parchment paper.

  5. 5

    Lift the parchment paper up and flip it over, so the gel faces downward. Center it over the cake and lightly press the gel into the cake. Use your fingers to push around, but not on the icing gel to help adhere it to the frosting.

  6. 6

    Fill another icing bag with 1/2 cup of coloured buttercream icing and secure a medium-sized star-shaped tip to the bottom of the bag. Twist the top part of the bag to secure.

  7. 7

    Hold your bag at a 90 degree angle, directly over, but not touching the cake. Place the tip near an inside edge of your piping gel outline.Squeeze the bag steadily to create a star shape. Stop the pressure and lift up to complete the star. Repeat the process, creating another star, touching the previous one. Continue making stars to fill in the cat outline.

  8. 8

    Create the eyes and nose of your cat with the brown and pink candy coated chocolates. Allow the cake to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Tips and warnings

  • Use grey, brown or black icing to create a realistic cat
  • Use red or black liquorice whips to create whiskers around the cat's muzzle.
  • Do not rub the icing with parchment paper if the buttercream still feels tacky. Allow it to refrigerate until it develops a crust.

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