DIY: Cat Cupcakes

I made these *very* scruffy cat cupcakes for our play-date with Maggy from Red Ted Art today! She has two cats and loves them very much, so I thought little kitties might be appreciated!

 However, as I should have learnt long ago, I’m not really as good at decorating cakes as I am in my imagination (imagination is a wonderful thing.) So these are the Scruff Cats from my neck-of-the-woods!

 I used white chocolate buttons for eyes, pieces of Easter eggs for ears (we had lots left over!), pink dolly mixture sweets cut and squished for the nose and black and purple icing for the details.

 They’re kinda cute, if not just a touch on the freaky side. Ah well, suits us to a tee!

 And because I know 3 year old Red Ted loves pirates, I made a couple of treasure cupcakes for him with yellow icing and real treasure sitting on the top!
 And, not forgetting the bubbas, some miniature cakes with dolly mixtures.
 The Recipe:

150g softened butter
150g self-raising flour
3 eggs
150g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1tbsp milk
*Turn the oven to 180 degrees C
Cream the butter and sugar
Mix in the beaten egg and flour alternately to prevent curdling
Stir through the vanilla and milk
Bake for 15-20 minutes until springy and lightly golden on top
Allow to cool and cover with butter icing and decorations!


  1. says

    I have to tell you, in a non-cupcake related comment, that I made my first ever batch of play-dough yesterday with my toddler, inspired by all your blogging about how easy and lovely and educational it is. We made ‘treasure dough’: coloured it yellow and added vanilla extract, heaps of gold glitter, and some gold stars. We kept half of the batch plain so that next time we can make chocolate play-dough. Fabulous…!

  2. says

    No, not freaky at all! They were LOVELY!!! I was VERY impressed… and so would all of my friends have been. Thank you for bringing such fab cupcakes AND for the laminator. Was great to meet you and your gorgeous little girls!

    Maggy xx

  3. says

    Rachel that’s SO great and what a brilliant idea!! We have been doing some “treasure” related play ourselves so your idea fits in perfectly. I shall have to mention it when I post about it! Did you know you can get these plastic gold coins (above) in a bag from Sainsbury’s party section for about £1? So much fun!

  4. says

    Oooh, I shall have to get myself to Sainsbury’s to get some coins. Perfect. My eldest is very into pirates and also into money at the moment so this will be great.
    Treasure play-dough was a big hit. We made coins. And a big sandwich, somewhat unexpectedly, but I went with it. Am trying not to be fun-killing, controlling Mummy… Then today I got out the huge pot of cheap cocoa that’s been sitting in my cupboard for years. Chocolate cupcakes and cookies were made, decorated with beads and candles, and we spent some time singing happy birthday to each other. I am SO looking forward to making her a ‘birthday table’ to play with. Also def going to pinch the ice-cream play idea you linked to. Genius.

  5. says

    Hello! My name is Stephanie, and I run a cat blog called Catsparella ( Every week I do a feature called “Cat Cupcake Tuesdays” where I feature different kitty themed baked goods. I was wondering if I could get your permission to include a few pictures of your adorable cat cupcakes in an upcoming post. I would give you full credit, and link back to your blog for the recipe. Thank you for your consideration! I can be reached at :)