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Fondant Cat Cupcakes

These fun fondant cat cupcakes comprise of a delicious and moist chocolate cupcake which are topped with a chocolate ganache frosting and before being decorated as a cute cat with fondant!
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cupcake, Novelty cupcake
Servings: 6 cupcakes
Author: Angela Entwhistle

Equipment

  • muffin tin
  • 6 cupcake cases
  • 8cm (3¼in) round biscuit cutter
  • small round cutter about 1½cm (¾in) or use the wide end of a cake piping nozzle
  • rolling pin (ideally plastic suited for fondant work)
  • pipping bag
  • small writing nozzle
  • small art paintbrush (used only for food)
  • baking parchment

Ingredients

for the chocolate ganache frosting

  • 150 ml (¼pt) double cream
  • 150 g (5oz) milk chocolate

for the cats whiskers

  • 1 tbsp royal Icing sugar

for the chocolate cupcakes

  • 50 g (2oz) milk chocolate
  • 125 g (4oz) butter softened
  • 125 g (4oz) golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium eggs lightly beaten
  • 100 g (3½oz) self-raising flour
  • 25 g (1oz) cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp milk

to decorate the cat cupcakes

  • 150 g (5oz) light grey fondant
  • 50 g (2oz) dark grey fondant
  • black fondant
  • soft pink fondant
  • white fondant
  • blue fondant
  • cornflour for dusting

Instructions

Chocolate ganache frosting

  • Pour 150ml (¼pt) cream into a small pan and heat gently until the cream begins to bubble around the edge of the pan. Meanwhile, chop 150g (5oz) chocolate into small pieces. Place into a bowl and pour the hot cream over the chocolate, stirring until the chocolate has melted into the cream to form a smooth ganache. Set aside to cool and firm up.

Cat whiskers

  • Line a tray with baking parchment.  Place 1 tbsp royal icing sugar into a small bowl and add a little water a few drops at a timing mixing until you have a thick icing. Transfer the icing to a piping bag fitted with a small plain round piping nozzle.
  • Pipe short double thickness lines about 2cm (1in) long .You’ll need 6 for each cupcake but pipe plenty of spare. Set the tray aside.  After an hour careful release the icing whiskers from the greaseproof paper to allow them to dry and harden up further.

Chocolate cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 190℃ ( Fan 170℃) / 375℉ / Gas 5. Line 6 muffin cups with paper cases.
  • Break 50g (2oz) chocolate into small pieces and place into a heatproof glass bowl. place the bowl over a pan of hot water and heat stirring until the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Beat 125g (4oz) each of butter and sugar together until very pale and fluffy. Add the 1tsp vanilla extract and beat again to combine. Gradually add 2 beaten eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition. beat in 1 tbsp milk.
  • Sieve 100g (3½oz) flour, 25g (1oz), cocoa powder and ½tsp baking powder into the bowl and gently fold in. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases to to about ⅔full. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack to cool.

To complete

  • Place a teaspoon of the chocolate ganache on top of the cupcake and spread it out either with a knife or the back of the teaspoon.
  • Roll out the light grey fondant. Knead the fondant a little until it is pliable. Roll it out to 2-3mm (⅛in) thick using a little cornflour on the work surface to prevent it from sticking (you may find it easier just to roll part of the fondant rather than all of it at once). Cut out 6 discs of the fondant using the plain round cookie cutter. Place on top of each cupcake.
  • Next, roll out some of the dark grey fondant, a little thicker than before. Cut out circles of the fondant, about 1½cm (¾in) diameter then flatten slightly to make them a little larger. Cut away a small quantity of the fondant to leave a flat edge. Place two of the circles onto the cupcake where the cat’s ‘muzzle’ will be, butting up the flat edges of the circles. Fix them in place with a little water.
  • Use a small amount of black fondant to create the cat’s nose. Shape the black fondant into an oval shape pinching one of the longer edges so that it fits neatly into the dip between the two ‘muzzles’. Check it for size before fixing into place with a little water.
  • Shape the cat’s eyes. Roll a small piece of black fondant in your hand to create a ball. and flatten it gently with your fingers to create a neat disc. Repeat with the blue fondant, though this time it needs to be very slightly smaller so that when the blue is placed on top of the black a little of the black can be seen around the eye. Fix a blue disc onto a black disc with a little water, then secure two of the eyes onto the cupcake with a little water. Roll a tiny amount of white fondant into a ball, affix this onto the edge of the cat’s eye with a little water. Repeat for the second eye.
  • Shape the cat’s ears. Roll out a piece of the dark grey fondant into an oblong, then cut triangles from the oblong. Set these aside. Use the pink fondant to create a neat oblong and cut smaller triangles from it. Use a little water to fix the pink onto the grey triangles. Use the end of your brush to create an indent in the base of the triangle. Slightly nip the triangle to create a more stable base for the ‘ear’ to stand up. Use a little water to secure them to the cupcakes.
  • Shape a tongue. Take a small piece of pink fondant. Roll it into a ball in your hand. Gently squash it into a disc. Nip the edge to create a small petal shape. Secure the nipped edge with water into mouth area just beneath the muzzle.
  • Create whisker holes. Use a cocktail stick (or a thin cake skewer) to make small indents into the cat’s ‘muzzle’. Use the cocktail stick to make three more indents in the edge of the fondant ‘muzzle’. Carefully pick up a piped whisker and place it into one of the indents.  Repeat until you have two or three on each side of the cat’s face. 

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Notes

 Cook's Tips
Fondant will dry out quickly - Ball up off-cuts of fondant and keep covered while not using).
Use a dry pastry brush to wipe away any cornflour from the finished cupcake.
Positioning the royal icing whiskers in place is fiddly.  You may prefer to pipe the whiskers directly onto the cat’s face. 
The grey fondants were kneaded with shop-bought white & black fondant.  The pale grey containing just 3% black fondant, and the darker grey 15%.