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Black Cat Halloween Cake

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This Black Cat Halloween cake is easy to make once you figure out how to make black icing. Now that I have the black icing recipe done, the rest of this cake is super easy to put together and requires no special equipment or decorating skills.

Black cats are one of my favorite Halloween characters, and this black cat cake is exactly that Black! Its not a chocolate brown cat cake, that just would not do. Unless of course your wanting an adorable cat birthday cake for a favorite cat lover.

My littles aren’t able to go trick or treating this year, their Halloween school parties are canceled etc, so Grama is going to host a party for them. Just because they have to stay in it doesn’t mean Halloween can’t be fun, just a bit different. As the world has enough stress in it this Halloween cake is made to be more adorable then scary. It’s part of my Pink Halloween party series and so far its been lots of fun to put together.

Simple and easy black cat cake with licorice whiskers and pink fondant ears. A not scary Halloween Party cake idea.

Black Cat Cake Preparation

To make this black cat cake for Halloween you will need:

2 packages of chocolate cake mix, baked in two 8″ cake pans.

1 batch of black buttercream icing

1 pink candy

A licorice cigar

Pink fondant for the ears and tongue.

Toothpicks.

The base of this cat cake is two large 8 inch layers of chocolate cake. I used two cake mixes. The cake needs to be at least six inches high and cake mixes seem to be getting smaller. Mix up both packages according the instructions, and bake in two 8 inch pans. Let cool.

After the cake is baked make a single batch of black icing.

Assembling the Cake

Once you cake is cooled and the icing is made, layer the cake with the black icing and place a thin crumb coat over the cake. Let sit until the icing of the crumb coat hardens. At least two hours, I left mine in the fridge overnight.

A large two layer chocolate cake covered in black icing.

Once the crumb coat is hardened ice the cake. Place a thick layer of icing over the cake, use a spatula to smooth out the sides of the cake as much as possible. Make nice big swirls of icing on the top of the cake to resemble fur. No cake decorating tube needed, simple and easy.

Making the Black Cat Face

The face is made using a pink candy, licorice cigar and pink fondant. I chose to design the face first and then place it on the cake.

A homemade black cat cake for Halloween or a birthday party. The cake sits on a pretty platter with pink party table accessories.

Take a large gumball sized piece of fondant and form it into a tongue shape with your fingers. Lay aside.

Cut the candy end off of a licorice cigar and using scissors make two slices towards the middle. Repeat on the other side.

Place the “whiskers” on the side of the cake. Add the pink candy on top, and the little pink tongue underneath.

Making the Ears

Fondant dries and harden quickly when left uncovered. This makes it perfect for making the stand up ears.

Roll a small piece of fondant (about 1/2 cup) until its 1/3 inch thick. Cut out a two inch high triangle. Use the first triangle as a template and cut out the second ear.

Cutting triangles from pink fondant to become cat ears for a cake.

Place the fondant on the top of the cake. Let the top of the ears flop over. Hold the ears up using toothpicks . Place your cake in the fridge for about an hour until the fondant hardens.

Adding fondant to the to of a cake to mimic cat ears on a Halloween cake.

Once the fondant ears are hardened remove the toothpicks and ice the back and edges of the ears.

Adding chocolate to the back of fondant for making a black cat cake

If your like me and the chocolate icing tends to get smeared on your work surface, instead of cleaning up any of the excess chocolate from the pink candy nose, or the cake board with a damp cloth, I prefer to finish my cake decorating and then use a little dry vegetable scrubby to quickly remove any of the dry chocolate mishaps. It works super well and you don’t have to fiddle with damp surfaces.

hack for removing icing from a cake board and parts of a cake

Your cake is ready for cutting as soon as you ice the hardened fondant ears. Place your cat cake on a pretty serving tray, I had a pretty black pedestal tray I used for mine.

This black cat cake recipe is part of my Pink Halloween Party series. I have already completed a super simple Halloween candy buffet, with printables and will soon post some Halloween themed sandwiches, black cat magic wands, pink sparkly cats and some more easy printables you can use as table scatters.

A Pink Halloween Party candy serving idea with a DIY chalkboard tray, and free printable Halloween signs

Easy Halloween Party Candy Buffet Idea

Please let me know what you think of my Pink Halloween theme in the comments.

Happy Halloween Leanna

Planning a Halloween party this year? or have a cat lover who would enjoy this post?

A homemade black cat cake for Halloween or a birthday party. The cake sits on a pretty platter with pink party table accessories.
Simple and easy black cat cake with licorice whiskers and pink fondant ears. A not scary Halloween Party cake idea.

Black Cat Halloween Cake

A simple Black Cat Halloween cake that takes no special skills or tools to decorate. Perfect for a stay in Halloween (2020) or a special cat lover's birthday.
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Ingredients

  • 2 packages chocolate cake mix
  • 1 recipe black buttercream icing see recipe link in blog post
  • 1 pink candy
  • 1 black licorice cigar
  • ½ cup pink fondant

Instructions

  • Mix and bake your cake mixes in two 8 inch pans. Let cool.
  • Once you cake is cooled and the icing is made, layer the cake with the black icing and place a thin crumb coat over the cake. Let sit until the icing of the crumb coat hardens.
  • Place a thick layer of icing over the cake, use a spatula to smooth out the sides of the cake as much as possible. Make nice big swirls of icing on the top of the cake to resemble fur.

Black Cat Face

  • Take a large gumball sized piece of fondant and form it into a tongue shape with your fingers. Lay aside.
  • Cut the candy end off of a licorice cigar and using scissors make two slices towards the middle. Repeat on the other side.
  • Place the “whiskers” on the side of the cake. Add the pink candy on top, and the little pink tongue underneath.

Make the Cat Ears

  • Roll a small piece of fondant (about 1/2 cup) until its 1/3 inch thick. Cut out a two inch high triangle. Use the first triangle as a template and cut out the second ear.
  • Place the fondant on the top of the cake. Let the top of the ears flop over. Hold the ears up using toothpicks . Place your cake in the fridge for about an hour until the fondant hardens.
  • Once the fondant ears are hardened remove the toothpicks and ice the back and edges of the ears.
  • Your cake is ready for cutting as soon as you ice the hardened fondant ears.

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9 Comments

  1. Are you formerly known as Faeries and Fauna? I love the Waste Not Wednesday party. Now that I think about it, you changed your blog name a while ago. I would love to know the story behind the change!
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  2. Your cake is absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.
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    1. Oh Thank you Ann. I am excited about the feature, I can’t wait to see it on Apple Street Cottage.

  3. Your cake is adorable. Very clever how you made all the pieces!

    1. Thank you very much Lisa. I am glad you like it and appreciate the positive feedback.

  4. This cake is the cutest! I’m going to miss Halloween this year! Even though my kids are older I’ll miss seeing all of the young ones. Hope you have a great rest of your week!

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