This Black Cat Is Not Evil: A Halloween Cupcake Tutorial

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Cake Decorating | Comments


October kicks off the spooky season, which means it’s time for Halloween parties and cupcakes! For those who follow the tradition of dressing up in costumes, the choice of whether to go scary or cute is a personal one to make, but when it comes to holiday confections, why not merge the two?

Cupcakes Topped with Fondant Black Cats

Photo via Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Follow this Halloween cupcake tutorial to create some spooky, yet sweet black cats that are sure to serve up more treats than tricks!

Materials:

  • Black, orange, green and purple fondant
  • Fondant rolling pin – 1/8″ guide rings
  • 1/4-inch wooden dowels
  • Modeling tool
  • Small modeling stick
  • Knife tool
  • 7/8″ circle cutter
  • Rolling pastry cutter
  • Round tips #5 and #12
  • Water/edible glue
  • Brushes
  • White and black soft gel paste
  • Toothpick
  • Raw spaghetti
Fondant Roller, Dowels and Fondant Shapes

Directions:

Step 1:

Roll out black fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels as a guide and cut out a 7/8″ circle with the round cutter.

Step 2:

Roll the fondant circle in your hands into a ball.

Step 3:

Shape the fondant ball into an hourglass shape and insert a piece of raw spaghetti through the center, leaving enough protruding to hold the head.

Step 4:

Using the round cutter, indent the two sides of the fondant in a circular shape to create the cat’s hind legs.

Shaped Fondant Pieces

Step 5:

Roll out black fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels as a guide and cut out a 7/8″ circle with the round cutter.

Step 6:

Roll the fondant circle in your hands into a ball, then into an oval.

Step 7:

Pinch the ends of the oval to form the cat’s ears, using your fingers to shape them and round out the face.

Using Modeling Tools to Create Cat Face

Step 8:

Use the modeling tool to indent two oval shapes for the cat’s eyes and use the small modeling stick to make whisker dots on each side of the face.

Step 9:

Roll out orange fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings and cut out three small circles with round tip #5.

Step 10:

Roll two orange circles into balls, then shape them into ovals. Glue them into the indentations in the cat’s face using edible glue.

Step 11:

Roll the last orange circle into a ball, then shape it into a triangular shape to create the nose. Glue it in the center of the cat’s face and glue the head to the body, inserting it over the protruding raw spaghetti.

Creating Cat Body

Step 12:

Roll out black fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings. Cut out two circles with round tip #12 and two circles with the bottom of the same tip.

Step 13:

Roll the two larger fondant circles into balls, then roll them onto your work surface to form the front legs.

Step 14:

Use the knife tool to make two indentations at one end of each limb to create the cat’s paws. Form the limbs around the cat’s body and in the desired position, then glue it in place.

Step 15:

Roll the two smaller fondant circles into balls, then shape them into ovals.

Step 16:

Use the knife tool to make two indentations in each oval to form paws and glue them to the bottom of the cat near the cat’s hind legs indentations.

Creating Witch Hat and Cat Tail

Step 17:

Roll out black fondant thick with the rolling pin and wooden dowels as a guide and cut out a 7/8″ circle with the round cutter and a small circle with round tip #12.

Step 18:

Roll the larger circle into a ball, then start shaping it into a cone with your fingers to begin creating the witch hat.

Step 19:

Continue to shape the narrow tip of the hat into a fun, swirly shape and shape the brim of the hat by flattening it out around the circumference with your fingers. Form it to the cat’s head and glue it in place.

Step 20:

Roll the small fondant circle into a ball, then roll it out long onto your work surface to form the tail.

Step 21:

Flatten one end to attach to the back of the cat and shape the rest of the tail in the desired position. Allow it to dry a bit on your work surface to hold its shape, then glue it to the back of the cat.

Adding Details to Witch Hat

Step 22:

Roll out green or purple fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings. Use the rolling pastry cutter to cut a thin strip, cut it to size and glue it as the trim on the witch hat.

Step 23:

Dip the toothpick lightly into the black soft gel and paint small slits to the top of the cat’s eyes.

Step 24:

Utilize the other end of the toothpick, as well as the raw spaghetti (make sure the end of the spaghetti is smooth and flat) to dip them in white soft gel and paint polka dots on the witch hat.

Creating Pumpkin, Putting Cat Atop Pumpkin

Step 25:

Roll a piece of orange fondant into a ball, then use the knife tool to indent the sides of the pumpkin, starting from the bottom upward.

Step 26:

Indent the top of the pumpkin a bit with your finger and glue the cat to the center. Repeat as necessary and allow them to dry thoroughly.

Step 27:

Once dry, add these cute toppers to your cupcakes and enjoy!

Finished Black Cat and Pumpkin Fondant Figures

If you are a beginner working with fondant, make sure to check out Craftsy’s FREE class Basic Fondant Techniques with Elisa Strauss. For more in-depth fondant instruction, be sure to sign up for Sharon Wee’s Cake Topper Techniques: Fondant Animals.

Come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow for a super fun Halloween cake pop tutorial! You might also enjoy our roundup of zombie cakes, perfect for the spooky season!

What kind of homemade treats are you making for Halloween this year?

Comments

  1. GUADALUPE ESTRADA says:

    GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR, EXCELENTE TRABAJO.

    1. Muchas gracias, Guadalupe! ♥

  2. Bellissimi a realy great idea nhope to have much more ideas from you

    1. Mille grazie! So glad you liked it! There will definitely be more tutorials coming soon! ♥

  3. Anita says:

    Que hermoso! me encanta! muchas gracias por compartir esta original idea!!! :)

    1. Muchas gracias, Anita! ♥

  4. Kety says:

    Very nice, really… :)

    1. Thank you so much, Kety! So glad you like it! ♥

  5. Ana says:

    Thank you for sharing Lynlee, these kitties are so cute! :)

    1. Thank you so much, Ana! So glad you liked them! ♥