Learn To Make a Trump Your Cat Cake!

/ Wednesday, July 22, 2015

People are giving their cats Donald Trump hairstyle makeovers and it's hilarious. If you haven't experienced the glory that is Trump Your Cat yet, you're missing out. But that's okay! Even if you don't have a cat to trump, you can bake this Trump You Cat Cake to get in on the fun.

How does one "trump" a cat? The instructions are right in Trump Your Cat's profile. For your cake, we're using cotton candy but first you need a cat head! Go through your cabinets and grab the deepest heatproof bowl you can find, preferably with a rounded base. Spray it with nonstick cooking spray and follow the full recipe instructions below.

While your cake bakes, you need to make some catty features: Nose, eyes, whiskers, ears. One tube of almond paste is the perfect play-dough, plus it tastes a million times better than fondant. 

Break off pieces of almond paste and dye them with food coloring or cocoa powder to make your different cat components. It's really up to you how friendly or grumpy you make your cat. Do you feel like a sad, grumpy cat owner? Should we talk about that privately? Oh right! Get some Oreos in there, too. These are your...what do you even call that...cat jowls?

If you can't tell, I'm not a cat owner. I'm just a cake maker. To start fur-ing up your feline, put frosting in a piping bag fitted with a Grass/Fur (official term) tip. 

This is the Wilton tip I use at home. My frosting does't look as fluffy and fur-like because it was about a million degrees in Brooklyn. My poor puddy-tat was totally melting. Anyway! Cake gets covered in frosting. Add almond-paste ears; cover those with frosting, too.

Press in your Oreo cat jowls. Add your sweet little nose. Then the real fun begins. Get your crazy eyes on! Whip up those whiskers. Then comes the most delicious whisper of a comb over, straight from a circus-size tub of cotton candy.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this quick cake tutorial. Of course, you could always leave off the cotton candy and treat this like a regular cat cake. But, I mean, what a waste right? 

SERVES: 6 to 8

Nonstick cooking spray
1 (18.25 oz) box vanilla or strawberry cake mix
1 (8 oz) tube almond paste
Food coloring, for tinting
2 containers store-bought vanilla or strawberry frosting
2 to 3 tablespoons strawberry jam
2 lemon-flavored Oreos
Cotton candy, for trumping

1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F (even if your cake mix box says 325˚F, you rebel)! Coat the inside of a medium heat-proof bowl with nonstick cooking spray. 

2. Prepare the cake mix as the label directs. Transfer to the prepared bowl and bake about 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean with a few moist crumbs. Let cool 5 minutes in the bowl, then turn out onto a cooling wrack and let cool completely. 

3. Meanwhile, break almond paste into chunks: 2 big pieces for the ears, 3 small pieces for the eyes and nose and a few tiny strips for whiskers. Dye each chunk to your desired color by adding a few drops food coloring and kneading it into the paste (cover your work surface with parchment to reduce mess). 

4. Mix 1 big scoop frosting with some strawberry jam for a yummy filling, if desired. Tint the remaining frosting to match your cotton candy using food coloring. 

5. If filling, carefully slice the cake in half. Top the bottom half with the prepared filling, spreading it about 1/2-inch away from the edges. Put remaining half on top and press down gently. 

6. Put the frosting in a piping bag fitted with a grass / fur tip. Pipe frosting to cover the entire cake. 

7. Add your ears. Cover the edges and backs with frosting. Add the Oreos and nose, then press in the whiskers. Press on the eyes. Finally, add cotton candy for Trump toupee. 

Note: I ended up adding leftover Conversation Hearts for 3D eyes. I drew a little black dot on them using a food coloring pen. 

That's it! Trump Your Cat, I hope you're hungry. To all of my cake creators out there, you end up making your own kitty, make sure to tag it #TrumpYourCatCake xo Erin

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