No special equipment, no mold, no fondant. If you have an 8×8 pan, you can make this meow-some cake! Vegan and GF.
Don’t worry, I didn’t feed chocolate chip zucchini cake to my cat.
I baked this to celebrate our 1 month Clover-versary. I actually made it a few days late, but it’s not like the cat’s gonna know that. And Jason didn’t care, so long as there was cake in the house. I think he ate 80% of the test batch by himself.
We love our little Clover so much, we can’t imagine life without her. Jason initially objected to her, when she first started hanging around and before we actually adopted her. But now he’s ridiculously smitten for that kitten. Building a cat drinking fountain out of a fish tank filter. Saying “awww, look at her,” several times a day. And I have to exercise a huge amount of self control when it comes to social media. I want to post a plethora of pictures, like those parents who share everything their kids do.
In lieu of Facebook-virusing my wall with cat images, I made a cat cake. It’s so easy. Take a look, folks:
It starts with this awesome chocolate chip zucchini cake. Bake it up in an 8X8 pan and let it cool.
Position the cake in a diamond shape. Measure about 1 inch above the corners and make a cut all the way across.
Cut the big triangle into two smaller triangles. Then flip the triangles so that the uncut edge/crust edge/hypotenuse is the innermost part of the ear.
Cut about an inch off the bottom corner/chin and place it between the ears You may be able to place this directly between the ears, or you may have to cut it and reshape it a little with your fingers — as you can see, I had to cut the piece to make it fit. Round it a little with you fingers if you wish.
Once you’re happy with the way it looks, move the pieces over to your serving plate. Put the pieces back in place, holding them together with frosting. Now you can start frosting the cake.
That’s it. Serve this cake with your loved ones. Toast to your feline’s health with catnip wine. Ew, that’s not a thing. I hope it’s not a thing. *goes over to Google* Oh no. It is a thing. Why? Why!
Toast to her health with beer or mead or milk; whatever pleases you, with plenty of kitty cuddles on the side.
Every bit of food coloring in this is natural. The pink ears came from beet juice and the eyes were matcha. The light accent fur is cinnamon and dark fur is cocoa powder. If you prefer an orange cat, use turmeric and carrot juice instead.
- 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1 cup unsweetened unflavored almond milk
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 flax eggs*
- 2 tsp Saigon cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups of Cup-to-Cup GF flour, such as Bob's Red Mill**
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups of mini chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup of non-dairy non-soy butter spread, softened
- 2 1/2 cups confectionery sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- a little bit of beet juice (ears)
- a little bit of matcha (eyes)
- a little bit of cocoa powder and cinnamon (fur)
- a small scoop of chocolate chips (eyes and mouth)
- Line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350
- Combine the zucchini, almond milk, flax eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla
- Measure the flour according to suggestions below. **
- Combine wet and dry incredients until just mixed. Do not over mix.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Swirl in the chocolate chips. Chocolate chip palooza.
- Bake at 350 for 35-38 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting and assembling.
- Assemble according to tutorial above.
- Beat frosting ingredients together. If you like a thinner frosting, add a splash or two of almond milk.
- Layer on a thin crumb coat and then a top coat. You'll still have plenty of frosting remaining.
- Divide up the remaining frosting. Dye some of it pink with beet juice for the ears. Dye a smaller potion green for the eyes. Cinnamon for the light brown fur and cocoa for the dark brown fur.
- Frost on the ears.
- For the eyes and mouth, you'll be drawing with chocolate. It's super easy, I promise. First, draw the eyes and mouth and whiskers on a piece of scrap paper. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the scrap paper.
- Place some chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup) in a sealable plastic bag. Heat some water in the microwave and then immerse the bag in the hot water until the chips fully melt.
- Cut a very small tip off the bag and pipe the chocolate over the parchment paper. Allow to harden.
- If you don't understand anything I've said about how to draw with chocolate, here is an excellent video with a perky lady. (hover for link)
- Gently peel off the chocolate and place it on the cake. Fill in the eyes with green frosting and then add the pupils (more chocolate)
- Frost on the light and dark brown fur as desired.
- Serve with love.
*flax egg = 1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water.
** I have found that even the best cup to cup blends of GF flour can yield gummy results. If you have a sifter, you should sift the GF flour prior to measuring and then measure with a spoon-and-level method (spooning into your measuring cup). I don't have a sifter, so I sifted it as well as I could with a fork and then used the fork-and-level method (same as spoon-and-level, but with a fork). Yes, it took a little bit longer to measure with a fork, but the results are far better.