Easy cat cake

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Think cats couldn’t get any sweeter? Then think again. This super simple cat cake is an absolute breeze to make and is quite possibly one of the cutest things I’ve ever had the pleasure of baking. Seriously, just check out that cute little face!

Whether you have a cat-lovers birthday, fundraising morning tea or simply want to create a deliciously sweet ode to your favourite feline, you have to give this cake a try. The best part is the whole thing is entirely edible – and there’s not a piece of fondant in sight!

All you need to create a cat cake of your own is some buttercream icing, M&Ms, jellybeans and a little milk chocolate. Oh, and your favourite cake, of course! As a cat-mum to two gorgeous little ginger cats, I tinted my buttercream icing a pale orange colour – just colour it to suit the favourite feline in your life.

While some cakes can be a little cumbersome to decorate, this one really is a breeze – you’ll be done and dusted in less than 30 minutes! Want to know a trick to make it even faster? Bake your cakes ahead of time, wrap them tightly in cling-wrap and pop them in the freezer. Then simply unwrap and defrost on a wire rack when you’re ready to decorate. Simple, huh?

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While I sat down and enjoyed a slice (or two) of this pretty little creation I couldn’t leave Hunter and Sybil without – after all, slicing into a cake that looks surprisingly similar to them could look a little creepy in their eyes! So as I enjoyed some cat cake, the fur-babies were enjoying some decadence of their own – their favourite Fancy Feast varieties.

Fancy Feast’s handy single serve Inspirations range is a tried and true favourite – for both me and the cats! Not only is there no mess, but with flavours like sliced chicken in broth and tuna with courgette and wholegrain rice it’s easy to cater to both cats’ discerning tastebuds.

Find out how to create this cute little cake below and treat yourself (and your cat!) to a little indulgence.

 

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Easy cat cake

You will need

  • Your favourite cake recipe (this one’s my fav!)
  • One batch of buttercream icing, tinted your preferred colour
  • 1M ‘star’ decorating tip
  • 30g milk chocolate, melted
  • 2x M&Ms, for eyes
  • 1x pink jellybean, for nose

How to do it

  1. Level your cakes and sandwich together using your favourite filling, if required
  2. Scoop around ½ cup of buttercream icing onto your cake and spread until entire cake is coated in thin layer of icing (a crumb coat)
  3. Scoop remaining icing into a decorating bag fitted with a 1M tip. Starting at the top, pipe small star shapes in a circle around the edge of the cake. Work inwards until top of cake is fully iced.
  4. Continue piping stars around the sides of the cake, working in rings around the cake to keep the lines uniform. Continue until sides are fully iced.
  5. Lay baking paper on a tray or chopping board. Place melted chocolate into a small re-sealable bag and snip the corner. Pipe shapes for ears (x2), mouth (x1) and whiskers (x4) onto the baking paper. If you have chocolate remaining, pipe a few extra features just in case. Place in freezer for 5 minutes or until firm.
  6. Using a blunt knife, carefully lift chocolate features and place on top of iced cake, beginning with ears. Add M&Ms for eyes and jellybean nose before adding mouth and whiskers. Enjoy!

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This giveaway has now closed. 

Thanks to the lovely team at Fancy Feast I have a $100 Animates voucher to give away to one lucky reader!

To be in to win, simply leave a comment below letting me know who you would make this simple cat cake for – and which cat you’d be using as inspiration. Bonus points if you upload a photo of your muse (or even your finished cat cake!)

Entries close at 11.59pm Thursday 15 December and the winner will be drawn at random on Friday 16 December. Winner must make contact within 3 business days or they will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be drawn. Sorry – this giveaway is only open to New Zealand residents.

This post was made possible thanks to Fancy Feast. All words, photos and opinions are, and always will be, my own.  

Things you learn as a cat-mum

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There’s no denying that I am a self-confessed, over-the-top, doting cat-mum. Heading to the SPCA and welcoming not one, but two, fur babies into our family was without a doubt one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

As soon as you welcome a cat into your family, your world begins to change. Yip, there are the usual things you expect – the couch becomes slightly more crowded, any box left unsupervised will have a cat in it and they quickly become an important part of the family – but there are some other things that happen too.

The things you learn by being a cat-mum!

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Your cat has some weird quirks… which just help make it the cutest cat ever

Cats are big on personality! I know smoochy cats, chatty cats, aloof cats and cats like ours that think they’re people. But whatever type of cat you have, they’re bound to have a few unexpected quirks that just help make them even cuter. Take our cat, Hunter: he loves his cat cage! Any time we bring it out for a trip to the vets or the cattery, he springs right in and sits there ready to head off on the next adventure. If we leave it out, he’ll even curl up and go to sleep in it!

Forget selfies, your phone is full of one thing – cat pics!

90% of the photos on my phone are of our two cats, Hunter and Sybil. I’m sure it’s the same for any doting cat-mum – you just can’t help it, they’re just so darn cute! Whether they’re snoozing in a strange position, doing something a little bit cheeky or snuggly up on your knee, it’s always a good time to capture a cat-pic or two (hundred).

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You’ll buy them toys, but they’ll still choose a stick

When we first got cats, I always said they would have a few toys but nothing crazy – after all, who wants the house littered with cat toys? Two years later, dodging one of Hunter and Sybil’s two (yip, two!) cat tunnels and tidying away their many toys is just part of everyday life. And yet, even with so many toy options, we’ll still find them playing with sticks, boxes and paper bags… go figure!

Cats know the house rules – and love to break them

No cats on the bench. No cats on the table. Definitely no cats on the mantelpiece. Yeah, as you can see, these rules can be a little hard to enforce – especially when their cheekiness is actually really cute, so you have to get a photo first… you know, as evidence. Cats love to test the limits – and sprint off in a rush of adrenaline when you sharply tell them to get down!

 

Cats eat, sleep and play… so you have to get the food right!

Food is a big part of a cat’s life, so you’ve got to get it right – and cat-mums quickly learn that not all cat food is created equal. You want your cat to have the very best – the best nutrition and taste, right? That’s where Fancy Feast comes in.

Their single serve Inspirations range is a real winner in our house – for both me and the cats! Not only are they super easy to dish up (I hate getting cat meat on my hands or the bench!), but the cats absolutely devour it. Every. Single Night. Like all discerning cats, they each have their favourites – Sybil loves Fancy Feast’s sliced chicken in broth, while Hunter is all about the tuna with courgette and whole grain rice. So gourmet!

 

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Thanks to the lovely team at Fancy Feast, I have a wonderful Fancy Feast Christmas Pack (worth $65) PLUS a $100 Animates voucher to giveaway to one lucky reader and their fur-baby!

To enter, simply comment below and let me know one thing you’ve learned since welcoming your feline friend into your family. Bonus points if you share a cat-pic too – let’s be honest, your phone is full of them!

Entries close at 11.59pm Sunday 11 December and the winner will be drawn at random on Monday 12 December. Winner must make contact within 3 business days or they will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be drawn. Due to timings, Fancy Feast Christmas pack may be received after Christmas. Sorry – this giveaway is only open to New Zealand residents.

This post was made possible thanks to Fancy Feast. All words, photos and opinions are, and always will be, my own.  

Make your cat fall in love with the cattery

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We’re heading off overseas for a month later this year which means one thing – our fur babies, Hunter and Sybil, will be enjoying a holiday of their own as they spend four weeks at a countryside retreat (aka. the cattery).

Whether you’re heading away for a week or a month, it’s never easy leaving your fur-babies behind – there’s usually a bit of crying when we drop Hunter and Sybil off for their little holiday… and it’s definitely not coming from them!

But luckily there are things you can do to help ease that separation. Here are my top five tips to help make your time apart as pain-free as possible – for both of you!

  1. Bedding:

Whether you’re a cat or human, there’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed. Pack your cat’s favourite sleeping spot with them for their holiday – we have little cushions that both Hunter and Sybil have loved sleeping on since they were babies. Don’t have one? Buy a bed or blanket the month before you head away and pop it in their favourite sleeping spot so they’re used to it and it smells like home by the time you jet off.

  1. Keep in touch

Don’t be afraid to ask your cattery to send you photos of your fur baby while you’re away. Many catteries will be happy to send you photo updates on how your cat is enjoying their holiday – all you need to do is ask! When Hunter and Sybil spent four weeks at the cattery last year, the lovely team sent us little photo collages every Friday morning – it was always a real treat to wake up to on the other side of the world and definitely made our time apart that little bit easier. Here’s a peek at some of the photos we were sent – awesome, huh?

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  1. Stay warm

Heading away in winter? Then don’t forget a blanket (or two!) for your cat. You can even cut up an old dressing gown or blanket you know your cat loves and use that. Think about investing in a cat-safe heat pad – your cat will love it! These clever little pads just need 10 minutes in the microwave to stay warm for up to eight hours – they’re the perfect solution for those chilly winter nights. We all know how much cats love lounging in front of the fire, heater or on a nice warm bed – let them bring this little luxury with them.

  1. Feed them well

Just because you’re away doesn’t mean your cat should give up on the things it loves – that includes their favourite food! Most catteries are more than happy to let you bring in your cat’s favourite food for them to enjoy during their stay – after all, they want them to stay happy and healthy as much as you do. Fancy Feast makes catering to your cat’s special tastes easy while making their holiday that little bit more luxurious. We’ll be sending Hunter and Sybil off with a stash of their favourite Fancy Feast pouches and cans again this time – they’re single serve, which makes it super easy for the cattery, and you can rest-easy knowing that your fur baby is eating well.

  1. Kick-off the holiday early

Rather than dropping your cat off when you’re in a rush to head away yourself, let them start their holiday earlier – it means less stress for both of you! They won’t have the stress of seeing you pack (and you won’t be bothered by the cat constantly sitting in your half-packed bag) and you’ll be in a better frame of mind to settle them into their home away from home. Remember, it’s not forever!

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Is your cat feeling the winter chill?

Thanks to the lovely team at Fancy Feast I have an awesome cat-safe heatpad to give away to one lucky person. These heatpads are filled with a clever gel that holds the heat for up to 10 hours – and your cat can’t chew through them!

To be in to win, simply leave a comment below and let me know how you’re keeping your cat cosy this winter. Bonus points if you share a photo of your beautiful fur baby too!

This post (and Hunter and Sybil’s holiday diet) was made possible thanks to Fancy Feast. All comments and photos are, and always will be, my own.

Entries close 11.59pm Monday 8 August. The winners will be chosen at random and notified on Tuesday 9 August. Each winner must make contact within 3 business days or they’ll forfeit the prize and a new winner will be drawn. Sorry – this giveaway is only open to New Zealand residents.

The ultimate cat birthday

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If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you probably already know this: I am a very (very) proud cat mum. Like all good cat parents that means two things – that our ginger fur-babies, Hunter and Sybil, are quite simply the coolest cats on the block and that I love each and every one of their little quirks and details.

While I can hardly believe it, these furry twins just turned two – and obviously that’s something to celebrate! As rescue kittens we don’t know exactly when they were born, so always make a big fuss of them on the day they officially joined the family – that means a whole heap of cat-ty fun.

When we celebrated their first birthday last year I came across this awesome ‘catland’ idea and knew that we absolutely had to make it part of our cats’ annual birthday festivities. Seriously, why choose just one toy when you can let them have everything – and I mean everything!

This year’s cat playland featured every one of Hunter and Sybil’s favourite things: a blanket, ribbon and scrunched up paper ball, Christmas ornaments, hair ties and an old phone cable (encouraging bad behaviour, I know!), their favourite play tunnel and – of course – the perfectly sized cardboard box. And the cats absolutely lost it with excitement.

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With both cats exhausted, it was time to move on to part two of the celebrations – the food! Food is a big part of all birthday celebrations, so making sure you have the right things on the menu is key.

Maybe salmon, spinach, courgette and green beans? Or how about chicken with pasta pearls and spinach? Luckily you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to pull together such a fabulously gourmet meal – Fancy Feast has got it covered.

We whip up a little cat birthday ‘cake’ for Hunter and Sybil each year using their favourite Fancy Feast flavours – for Hunter that means beef is on the menu, while Sybil’s more of a chicken girl.

It’s super simple (and way less gross!) than it sounds – just pop over a can or pouch of Fancy Feast (they’re single serve, so you won’t have open cat food lingering in your fridge) on a nice dish and top it with a little extra treat you know your fur-baby loves: think cream cheese, grated cheese or their favourite cat treats.

Oh, and a candle of course!

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Hunter and Sybil’s birthday is officially done and dusted for another year, but they won’t be longing for the next one to roll around too quickly – they can relive the magic of their purr-fect birthday every evening with Fancy Feast. After all, we all enjoy eating well, so why shouldn’t your fur-baby – love is in the details.

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Hands up if your cat’s mad about running water?

Thanks to the lovely team at Fancy Feast I have a cat water fountain to give away to two lucky readers – plus we’ll pop in a replacement filter with each one too, so your cat’s all set for the next six or so months.

To be in to win, simply leave a comment below telling me how you show your cat how much you love them. Let your inner ‘besotted cat parent’ out – it’s something we all have in common!

This post (and Hunter and Sybil’s second birthday celebrations) was made possible thanks to Fancy Feast. All comments and photos are, and always will be, my own.

Entries close 11.59pm Thursday 21 July. The winners will be chosen at random and notified on Friday 22 July. Each winner must make contact within 3 business days or they’ll forfeit the prize and a new winner will be drawn. Sorry – this giveaway is only open to New Zealand residents.