For the children in the family or your favourite cat lover, a cat-shaped birthday cake is a creative alternative to the usual stacked layer cake. Decorating it can be a creative expression, dedicated to the family cat or just your friend or family member's favourite kind of cat. So get your cake decorating tools ready, choose the basic shape and style of your cat cake and get ready to decorate your cake.
Fill a pastry bag with buttercream icing in the main colour of the cat. Choose a very small tip to squeeze out icing so it looks like ½-inch long bits of fur sticking out a bit. The fur on the face should be shorter, about 1/4 inch long. Use a colour spray mist to colour the icing. Allow the sprayed icing to dry for 15 minutes. Icing can also be coloured beforehand and applied with a butter knife, then sculpted making short strokes with a table fork until it looks like fur.
Create the cat's nose by rolling a piece of coloured fondant, 2 inches long and ¼ inch wide into a round ball. Flatten it in front and place it on the head. Mold the ears into two 2-inch thick pieces of fondant shaped into triangles, one side indented for the inside of the ear. Two toothpicks in each ear will hold them in place on the cake's head. Create the eyes using some fondant in the colour of the cat's eyes, plus black for the pupils.
Take the pink buttercream icing and fill your pastry bag with it. Place a small tip on the bag. Fill in the inside of the cat's ears with the icing, then draw the mouth with one long curvy line. Draw another, diagonal line that connects the mouth to the nose. Refer to your own cat or a photo often. To add a collar, use a strip of fondant rolled to 1/2 inch wide. Place it around the cat's neck and decorate it with small candies. A little icing will help the candies stay in place.
You may wish to practice your cat's icing "fur" on cupcakes first. These can then be placed on the cake board, around the cat, to hold the candles for a birthday party.