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Kittens N Mittens Cake

 Kittens N Mittens Cake
Furry friends from Julie Todd's party set inspired our home economists to bake a "purrfect" complementary cake. Wait and see—guests are sure to be drawn to this dessert...quicker than a cat to a mouse. Using a standard cake mix to keep their creation on the quick-and-easy side, our kitchen staff simply shaped felines and mittens using Julie's fun patters Then food coloring brightened up old-
12-15 ServingsPrep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package cake mix of your choice (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • Red, blue, brown and black paste food coloring
  • 1 piece red pull-apart licorice twist (9 inches)

Directions

  • Mix cake according to package directions; pour batter into a greased
  • 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan lined with waxed paper. Bake at
  • 350° for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes; invert onto a wire
  • rack. Remove pan and waxed paper; cool completely.
  • For frosting, combine butter, shortening and confectioners' sugar in
  • a bowl. Beat on high for 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium; blend in
  • cream and extract.
  • Place 1/2 cup frosting each in two small bowls. Add red food coloring
  • to one bowl and blue to the other. Place 2 tablespoons white
  • frosting each into five custard cups. With brown food coloring, tint
  • one cup cream, one tan and one brown. With black food coloring, tint
  • one gray and one black.
  • Trace patterns (except small mitten) onto waxed paper and cut out.

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Kittens N Mittens Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Set heart, spot and muzzle patterns aside. Arrange patterns for cat,
  • kitten, tails and large mitten on cake. Using a sharp knife, cut out
  • according to quantities noted on patterns; remove paper. Place cat
  • with tail and kitten with tail on a 22-in. x 20-in. covered board,
  • trimming tails to fit bodies as needed. Frost with white icing.
  • For muzzles, gently trace patterns on cat and kitten using a
  • toothpick; frost with cream-colored frosting. Trace and frost
  • kitten's brown, tan and gray spots. Fill a small bag with black
  • frosting; cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. On cat and
  • kitten, pipe dots for eyes, an upside-down triangle for nose and a
  • line from the nose to the bottom of the muzzle. Pipe whiskers on
  • muzzle.
  • Place mittens on board near cat and kitten. Frost one mitten blue and
  • the other red. Trace a heart on cat and kitten; frost with red
  • frosting. Trace a heart on each mitten. Fill a small bag with white
  • frosting; pipe mitten heart outlines and a crisscross design on
  • hearts. Pipe "x's" and stitching around edges of mittens. Add a dot
  • with white frosting in the center of cat's and kitten's eyes.
  • For scarves, separate licorice twist into three strips with three
  • strands each. For kitten, cut one strip 8 in. long; form a loop near
  • one end of strip. bend and place strip around kitten's neck, with
  • loop ending at edge of neck. Cut a 2-in. piece from another strip;
  • bend and secure from loop down side of kitten's neck. Repeat, using
  • a 9-in. strip to make scarf for cat. Yield: 12-15 servings.