My 1-year-old daughter loves cats and dogs (in fact she can say both "cat" and "dog" very well but still hasn't said "mama") so I decided to do cat and dog cupcakes for her first birthday party.
Once I figured out how to do the first ones, the rest didn't take too long. It was perfect for our small party of just 12 people, but it would take a long time for a party with a lot more guests.
Step 1: Step 1 - Dog Cupcake
For the dog cupcakes, I frosted the whole cupcake with chocolate frosting, and added a dollop of chocolate frosting toward the bottom for the snout.
Step 2: Step 2 - Dog Cupcake
I then used Wilton tip #233 (the grass/hair tip) to do brown fur originating from the snout and going outward. I didn't do it on the snout, or in the center part of the head.
Step 3: Step 3 - Dog Cupcake
Next I added ears toward the top using the same tip.
Step 4: Step 4 - Dog Cupcake
I then switched to white frosting colored with "Ivory" food coloring until it was a light tan color. I used the same tip (Wilton #233) to do the center of the head, and then the snout. I always made sure to start each strand of fur in the center of the top of the snout.
Step 5: Step 5 - Dog Cupcake
I added a chocolate covered raisin for the nose.
Step 6: Step 6 - Dog Cupcake
I added eyes using the same chocolate frosting, and a pink bow.
Step 7: Step 1 - Cat Cupcake
For the cat, I frosted the cupcake white and added two balls for the cheeks using Wilton tip 12.
Step 8: Step 2 - Cat Cupcake
I added eyes using chocolate frosting and piped in a pink nose as well.
Step 9: Step 3 - Cat Cupcake
For the ears, I cut a miniature marshmallow in half using my kitchen scissors, and then pinched one end to form the triangle.
Step 10: Step 4 - Cat Cupcake
I then cut 6 strands of black licorice about 2 or 2 1/2 inches long, and poked them into the cupcake until they were the desirable length.