Last week I had the pleasure of creating a lovely kitty cake and matching cookies for a “purr-fect” birthday party celebrating a sweet little girl.
The ever-popular and sassy closed-eye kitty cat took the main stage for the look of the desserts and I was super excited to hop on board with it! I mean who doesn’t love some pretty lashes, right?!
The cake I created was inspired by local fellow baker Lindsay of @cococakeland from Vancouver, BC. Her fuzzy piped animal cakes are totally adorable and I was pleased how mine turned out!
Using Wilton tip #233, I started piping the “fur” of the cat one vertical row at a time, starting from the bottom and working my way to the top. Practicing on a scrap piece of wax paper is helpful to determine the right amount of pressure needed to achieve the short “hairs”.
(photo cred: What Dreams May Become)
One thing I realized almost immediately is that you need to work very quickly with the icing in the piping bag because once your buttercream becomes too soft, you don’t achieve those defined hairs -they end up smooshing together. To prevent the melting, I placed my bowl of buttercream in the fridge (only while I was piping) so that it would only warm up to room temperature while in the piping bag. Success!
(photo credit: What Dreams May Become)
The sugar cookies were just too cute I almost couldn’t handle them. Pretty kitties with floral crowns?! Come on!! After outlining and flooding the kitty and heart shaped cookies with white royal icing, I used my favorite baby star tip (Wilton #16) to create the rosettes in dusty rose (also my fave color!). I left some spaces between the rosettes so that I could add in the green leaves (Wilton #352). My favorite color to use for green as of late is avocado as I think you can achieve a really nice light mossy/sage-y green if you add just the right amount.
In order to draw on the face of the kitty onto the cookies, the royal icing had to be dried for several hours. I used a black fine tipped edible marker to draw on the lashes, whiskers and mouth. They’re not pictured, but the heart shaped cookies had the birthday girls’ name written on it in the same edible marker. Such a lovely way to make a cookie personal!
Michele of What Dreams May Become sure knows how to throw a lovely party and she’s blogged all about it here! Check out the dreamy photos of the party along with the fun DIY projects she incorporated to make this birthday extra special!