I love the opportunity to make a novelty cake and recently had the perfect opportunity by way of a fundraiser for Hounslow Animal Welfare Society (HAWS). HAWS had a stall at Ham fair, near Richmond and I thought these kitty cat cupcakes would go down a treat, raising valuable funds for the charity.
A bit about HAWS.
Founded in West London in 1976, HAWS takes in hundreds, if not thousands of domestic animals each year. Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, reptiles - even fish, any animal finding itself in a desperate situation. Unlike many animal rescue centres, HAWS has no facility at which to house the rescuees so they rely on a network of foster carers to take them in, nurse them, love them and often re-rehabilitate them until they are able to be rehomed.
Earlier this year we became foster parents to a lovely young cat, Sophia and her four kittens, two of whom have been successfully rehomed. When they were roughly three weeks old we had a phone call from HAWS saying that unfortunately, despite the best efforts of vets, another young mum, Betty had died - would we be able to see if Sophia would take to her two kittens? Well, we had to try! Later that day two tiny six-day-old bundles of fluff arrived and to our great relief Sophia took to them straight away, saving their lives!
|Betty's gorgeous kittens Teddy (L) and Coco (R)|
As HAWS pay for all veterinary costs incurred prior to adoption, fundraising is a vital part of their day-to-day business. As soon as I heard that the focus of the Ham fair was to help pay for poor Betty's vet's bills I was even more keen to help out, after all its thanks to Betty we have the adorable Teddy and Coco in our lives!
And so to cake...
I made two flavours of cupcake using my basic vanilla and chocolate recipes then gave them a splash of vanilla buttercream.
I wanted something that would grab the attention of fair-goers so began the kittifying process by creating the ears. For this I took white chocolate buttons, cut them in half and then cut each half into a triangle. This meant that one button provided both ears for each cat (it also meant there were a few offcuts to be nibbled on later!)
Next up an inverted chocolate drop gave the perfect triangular shape needed for the characteristic cat nose. For the eyes I used smarties. I tried a few using whole smarties but they just didn't look right. After a brainwave moment I chopped them in half and bingo, it worked! All that was left was to pipe on the whiskers using chocolate flavoured icing. I addedd a few characteristics to the odd cupcake, sometimes outlining the ears, sometimes adding pupils to the eyes. They were a sell out!
|One battalion of Kitty army!|
For further information on HAWS:
Hounslow Animal Welfare Society, Registered Charity No 1065060
tel:020 8560 5443Find on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HounslowAnimalWelfareSociety