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Halloween Party Ideas: How to Make Cat-Face Cupcakes

Here's an easy and creative way to add cute kitty faces to a batch of dark-colored cupcakes.

April Balotro  |  Oct 30th 2015


Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.

Here’s a way to honor your cat with your next kitchen creation. As if moist, sweet, airy, use-your-fingertips-to-get-each- last-crumb cupcakes weren’t delectable enough, you can make these even more of a treat.

Remember, though, even though these treats look like kitties, they are for humans only.

What you’ll need

  • Undecorated cupcakes cooled to room temperature. Darker color cupcakes such as chocolate and red velvet work best for this recipe.
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors or a utility knife such as an X-Acto knife
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sifter or strainer
(Photo by Rahel Jaskow)

Photo by Rahel Jaskow

What to do

  1. Follow your favorite cupcake recipe: Keep in mind that powdered sugar will stand out more on a darker cake such as chocolate or red velvet.
  2. Use a compass or ramekin to draw or trace a circle on your parchment paper: The diameter of the circle should be the same as the diameter of your cupcakes.
  3. Make a stencil: Here’s where you can get creative. Use a pencil to draw a kitty face. Like you do when making a stencil for a jack-o’-lantern, the stencil should remain in one piece after you’ve cut out and removed the eyes, ears, whiskers, and so on.
  4. Place the stencil on top of one cupcake: If the stencil doesn’t lie flat, spray a tiny bit of water on it so it sticks to the cake.
  5. Using the strainer or sifter, evenly sprinkle the cupcake with powdered sugar: Do this until there’s a nice layer.
  6. Carefully and slowly remove the stencil: Use both hands to lift each side at the same time.

You can make more than one cat-face design. You can play with different designs and negative space. How about a Hello Kitty or a full-body silhouette? Look up simple cat stencil designs online for more ideas.