Cat Cupcakes Tutorial

cat cupcakes

Sometimes you’re asked to help plan a wedding celebration at work for your coworker. And sometimes you get to make that celebration cat-themed because he has three cats and no one can stop you.

For such a special occasion, I decided to make cat cupcakes because more cats are always better. What’s great about these cupcakes is the heaping amounts of frosting on each. Who doesn’t want that?

Cat cupcake

Another great thing about these cat cupcakes is that they are endlessly adaptable for all of your cat party needs:

  • Feeling spooky? Add black dye to your white frosting and opt for dark chocolate ears to get cute black cat for Halloween.
  • Or, why not try rainbow cats? Roll yours frosted cupcakes in rainbow sprinkles and never look back.
  • Add a pink bow and yellow nose to make Hello Kitty cupcakes.
  • Make all of your cupcakes match your actual cats, and then feel bad for eating a depiction of your cat.

The options are both endless and adorable!

Cat cupcake

Cat Cupcakes Tutorial


  • Cupcakes (I used BraveTart‘s White Mountain Layer Cake recipe)
  • Frosting (I made Classic American Buttercream from Serious Eats)
  • Melting wafers or tempered chocolate
  • Food dye
  • Piping bag and tip (or Ziploc bag)
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: Sprinkles
  1. Bake cupcake recipe of your choosing and let cool completely.
  2. Make frosting of your choosing. Try to pick something that is relatively stable—you don’t want it melting while you work with it.
  3. Pick your cat colors. Now is the time to dye your frosting if you want them to be different colors.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop the frosting on top of the cupcakes. You may need to smooth the frosting down with a spatula or knife to secure it to the cupcake.
  5. Melt your wafers or temper your chocolate. I opted for the easiest option: white chocolate melting wafers in the microwave.
  6. If making pink noses, divide the chocolate into two bowls. Add a few drops of red or pink dye to one of them.
  7. Scoop the chocolate into a piping bag with tip or a plastic Ziploc bag.
  8. On a sheet of wax paper, pipe small triangles for ears and small, short T’s for noses. If you want to add pink to the ears, paint the color on the ears using a toothpick dipped in the pink chocolate.
  9. Let the ears and noses cool and set, about 5-10 minutes.
  10. It’s cat-making time: Add any extra decorations to your frosting base (I rolled some in chocolate sprinkles). Push the ears into the top of the cupcake and press the nose into the front. Ta-dah! It’s a cat!
cat cupcakes
Which is better: Having this many cats or eating this many cupcakes? You decide.

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