Introduction: Purrfect... Cartoon Cat Cupcake Tutorial
Cartoon cat cupcakes.
ideal for birthdays, tea parties etc. Who’s your favourite? Let me know if you think I’ve missed one.
You will need:
Tools- Circle cutter to cover the cake, Number 1.5-2 piping nozzle, piping bag (or grease proof paper piping bag), straight edged modelling tool, small dry paint brush (for sticking).
Materials- Yellow, orange, blue, white 3 shades of pink sugar paste and black royal icing.
Cover all of your cup cakes first.
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Step 1: Covering Cakes
Trim the top of your cupcake flat with a
sharp knife. (some cake designs are better with a curved top, but flat tops are easier so they’re a good place to start!).
Add a spot of jam (less than 1/4 teaspoon) to the middle of your cake.
Spread across the top of your cake with a knife or palette knife, taking care to keep the jam away from the paper case.
Once you have trimmed and jammed all of your cupcakes clean your work surface to remove any crumbs etc. Dry the surface completely before using your sugar paste.
Find the circle cutter that best fits the top of your cup cake (slightly smaller is better than too big).
Dust your work surface with a sprinkling of icing sugar. Too little and it will stick, too much will dry out your paste. A bit of trial and error might be needed.
Knead your sugar paste on your flat surface. This will make it smooth and pliable for working. Turn your paste over so that the smooth, kneaded side is on top. Roll out your icing using a small rolling pin.
Cut a circle for each cup cake (make 3 orange and 3 pink).
Lie your circle on top of your cake. Gently press with the palm of your hand in a circular motion to smooth the icing. If your circle is slightly too small you can work around the edge of the cup cake, gently stretching the icing to the edges.
Step 2: Pink Panther
Roll a large pale pink ball. Flatten onto the bottom of your cup cake. Mark a curved, horizontal line as the mouth.
Mark a vertical muzzle line.
Make a dark pink triangle, stick on as his nose.
Roll 2 medium balls of pink and 2 small balls of yellow.
Flatten the yellow balls onto the cake above the nose as eyes.
Stick the pink balls on the top, outside edge as ears.
Mark holes in the ears with a rounded modelling tool.
Pipe on eyebrows, pupils and whiskers.
Step 3: Custard
Roll out some white icing to almost paper thin.
Cut a crescent shaped smile most of the length of your cup cake.
Make two small balls of white sugar paste, flatten onto the cake at eye level.
Make 2 small triangles of pink sugar paste, attach to the outside edge in line with the eyes.
Pipe small dots for pupils and a large oval for his nose (or make a nose in black sugar paste);
Pipe around the edge of the mouth,across the centre and 5 vertical lines to mark teeth.
Pipe 3 whiskers from under the nose to the outside edge.
Pipe whiskers on the other side.
Step 4: Cheshire Cat
Roll a large ‘sausage’ of light pink. Roll more in the middle to make the centre thinner.
Flatten the ‘sausage’ across the middle of the cake.
Roll a thinner pale pink ‘sausage’ and a narrow white one.
Lie the white ‘sausage’ along under the top lip as teeth. Flatten the pink ‘sausage’ along the bottom edge of the cake. Mark a point in the centre.
Roll a small ball of dark pink.
Position it as the tongue and mark the centre vertical line with your modelling tool.
Mark a vertical line in the top lip. Make a small triangle of dark pink, place as his nose.
Roll 2 small circles of yellow. Flatten on to the cake as eyes.
Make 2 pink triangles (in the main cup cake colour). Attach as ears just above the eyes.
Roll 2 small ‘sausages’ of dark pink.
Fold over and twist lightly to stick.
Stick on between the ears as eyebrows.
Pipe pupils and dimples in black. Pipe along the edges of the mouth and the teeth.
Step 5: Garfield
Roll a ‘sausage’ of yellow sugar paste.
Taper the middle of your ‘sausage’ then flatten it onto the bottom of your cake.
Roll 2 orange balls of sugar paste and one white. Flatten them into circles.
Cut the white circle in half, cut one rounded edge off of each orange circle. Stick flat sides together.
Make 2 small triangles for ears.
Mark insides on the ears with your modelling tool.
Make a small pink triangle for the nose.
Pipe the pupils in the eyes and pipe the stripes in his ears.
Pipe triangles for his stripes, dots for whiskers and the lines of his mouth.
Step 6: Stimpy
Roll a broad ‘sausage’ and flatten it.
Stick the flattened shape on to the cup cake in a curve.
Roll a sausage of light yellow making it more narrow in the middle. Flatten it out.
Stick this onto the cake.
Roll a medium ball of blue sugar paste. Make it oval and flatten it out a bit (keeping it quite 3d and rounded).
Make 2 small balls of white sugar paste, flatten them out and stick them on as eyes.
Make 2 small triangles of orange for ears and a small pink ‘sausage’ for the tongue.
Roll 2 smaller, pink triangles. Stick them on to the bottom of the ears.
Pipe on 3 small lines for hair, pupils in the eyes, oval nostrils and his mouth.
Step 7: Hobbes
Roll medium and large balls of white sugar paste.
Roll the larger ball into a ‘sausage’ and flatten it into an oval.
Stick this to the bottom edge of the cake. Pull out the centre to make a chin shape.
Flatten the smaller ball of white sugar paste into a semi-circle. Stick it on to the cake.
Mark the edges of the face to make fur. Roll 2 small balls of orange sugar paste.
Roll them into triangles and stick to the top edge of the cake as ears.
Mark the centres of the ears with your modelling tool.
Pipe black edges to the ears and black triangles on the sides of the face as stripes.
Pipe diagonal eyebrows, curved eyes, a large oval nose and his mouth and dimples.
Add a white highlight to his nose (optional)