Halloween Kitty Cake

What a sweet kitty this is! The cake is baked, cut into shapes and then put together to make a purr-fect cake for any Halloween party.

Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Coconutty Pecan Frosting:
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup agave syrup or sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, blend together sugar, shortening and eggs. Add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; beat well. Add cocoa, water and vanilla; pour into a greased 13" x 9" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, until cake tests done; cool. To make kitty-shaped cake, enlarge patterns, page 203 of cookbook, and cut out. Lay patterns on cake and cut around shapes. Place pieces on a large platter or cutting board and frost with Coconutty Pecan Frosting. Add pecan halves for eyes, ears and nose. Add coconut shreds for whiskers.
  2. Coconutty Pecan Frosting:
  3. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine all ingredients except coconut and pecans. Cook for about 12 minutes until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and pecans; beat until cool. Makes about 6 cups.
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