How to make a black cat topper. Which is why we made the cupcakes in front of a video on the ipad, constantly rewinding to check how to do it yet again. (As an aside I am old-school and much prefer to scan text which is so much quicker than listening to the managers giving updates on videos or school teachers giving instruction on video, or even watching cat topper instructions on video.)
- roll a column of black fondant, slightly conical,
- mark the legs at the front with a knife or tool,
- attach 4 blobs to be paws,
- make claw marks on these four paw blobs,
- stick a toothpick into the neck,
- roll a slightly diamond shaped blob
- press blob onto skewer to make a head,
- push in eye sockets,
- shape and attach ears,
- place a large flat black disk on front of face under the eye sockets,
- put a small black blob on top of disk to be the nose,
- make holes with a skewer on rest of disk,
- mark whiskers,
- roll flat green discs for eyes,
- use a black edible pen to draw black circle on eyes.
- stick eyes onto face where eye sockets are,
- make a tail,
- stick tail at the back
Place each cat on top of a cupcake if you wish but with hindsight I think they were rather big for cupcakes. But they still delighted the kids!
- Don't argue at the supermarket about buying out of date fondant as the checkout chick will just go by the rules instead of recognising that sugar never goes off and that no one actually likes eating fondant!
- We used a little icing sugar for the fondant but tried to minimise use of it to avoid lots of white streaks on the black.
- Our fondant was not quite as smooth as the video but it was close enough for jazz.
- We could not find green fondant for the eyes so we bought yellow fondant and drew on it with a green edible marker and then kneaded in the green colour.
- We used a black edible marker to make the black pupils on the eyes rather than doing the eyes on the video.
- We used water to stick bits of fondant together.
- We still have the fondant cats so I recommend making them ahead of time.
- They are a bit big for cupcake toppers and too much sugar to eat so totally useless except for entertainment and wow factor (and keeping on the kitchen bench to admire).
- Getting the tails attached is a pain. They fall off if you try and pick up the cats.
- Black cats are really hard to photograph!
Not long after this party, Sylvia had a sleepover on a Friday night followed by another friend's sleepover party on a Saturday night. That was the last hurrah before lockdown made it forbidden for friends to play together. It will be a fine day when the kids are back together.
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