Mom Cat and Kitten Cakes
You-ll need a serving tray at least 14 x 11 in.
2 family-size frozen poundcakes (16 oz each), thawed as pkg directs
3 cans (16 oz each) vanilla frosting
Yellow, orange and black paste (gel) food color
1 each black, dark-pink and light-pink jelly bean
1 black licorice lace
2 green and 2 blue mini-baking bits (such as M&Ms)
5 or 6 strands cherry Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel
3 dark-pink (tropical punch) and 1 light-pink (strawberry banana) Starburst
2 round hard candies
1 red Swedish fish jelly candy
Cut cakes as shown (click here for diagram). Coat pieces with a thin layer of frosting to seal in crumbs. Place on wax paper; let set about 30 minutes.
Mom cat: Assemble on serving tray as shown (click here for large image), using just enough frosting to glue pieces together.
Tint 1/4 cup frosting yellow, then stir in a touch of orange to tint frosting buttery yellow. Using untinted frosting, generously frost Mom cat, pulling frosting out at sides of face to resemble fur.
Apply yellow frosting with a narrow metal spatula for markings on tail, body, paws and face. While frosting is wet, insert black jelly bean sideways for nose. Add curved pieces of black licorice lace for eyelids, mouth and a line between nose and mouth.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon vanilla frosting with a little black food color and 1 or 2 drops water. Dip in tip of a toothpick; draw whiskers.
Orange tabby kitten: Assemble and glue pieces together as in Step 2 (click here for large image). Tint 3/4 cup vanilla frosting pale orange and 2 tablespoons frosting a darker orange. Frost kitten with pale orange, pulling frosting out at sides of face to resemble fur.
Apply darker orange for markings on tail, body, paws and face. Spread some untinted frosting at center of face. Cut dark-pink jelly bean crosswise in half. Insert half, cut side in, for nose. Add green baking bits for eyes and a curved piece of a Twizzlers strand for the mouth.
Cat Cake Continued