When Liz made my rainbow yay cake for my birthday this year, I knew that I had to try to equal the awesomeness.
So Liz (and Jarod, too) came over for a pig-out birthday for Liz tonight (HAPPYBIRTHDAYLIZZOMG!) and I made a cat cake:
Mmm, chocolate cake, chocolate fudge icing! While not the most fabulous effort, it’s my first non-fail baking effort in, well, MONTHS.
I was going to make this a proper food blogger-style post, but I couldn’t even get the ingredients shot right. Turns out I didn’t need milk for the recipe. I also forgot to include the cocoa powder. Good job, Rah!
Then I choose a too-small “medium saucepan” to melt the wet ingredients together and the mixture bubbled over and onto the already-ruined stovetop.
But regardless of my attempts at failure, the cake cooked evenly and decently enough for me to hack the slab into a kitteh shape.
Protip: something like mudcake would make for a neater shape, but I wasn’t in the mood for something overly rich (and we were having hot chocolate with dessert).
The icing was mostly made on the stovetop too.
I used the “Family Chocolate Cake” recipe from the big red Australian Women’s Weekly COOK book. You can probably get the recipe from the AWW web site. They’re a litigious mob, so I’m scared to include the recipe here.
I used yellow jubes for the eyes, with cuts in the middle to make a spot for the licorice eyeballs to rest. I used trimmed licorice straps for the whiskers, which ended up being too soft and droopy for the job.
The cake was nommy! Jarod and Liz lugged the rest of the cat cake home, leaving us with the cut-offs, which’ll last us a couple of weeks at least :)
Happy birthday, Liz!