How to Make the Cutest Cat Cupcakes

What cat-lover can resist cat cupcakes? These adorable cat-shaped and decorated desserts are great for parties, dessert tables, or anytime you have a craving for something sweet. We’ll show you how to make cat cupcakes!

How to Make the Cutest Cat Cupcakes

History of cats

Cats are not native to the Americas, but cat domestication likely began in ancient Egypt. Cats were attracted by grain stores and killed mouse pests which threatened their food supply. The Egyptians revered them for this service they provided as well as other roles like pest control on ships and rodent removal from granaries.

The Ancient Greeks also maintained cat populations in order to control rodent populations. The cat was holy and a symbol of femininity for the Egyptians, while they were considered evil by the Greeks who would often kill cats on sight.

In medieval Europe, felines were more despised than loved due to their connection with witches; these animals were thought to turn into spirits at night which caused mischief.

Cats were brought to the Americas by European settlers who didn’t want cats eradicating native species, but cat populations in North America have exploded on their own due to humans’ lack of interest and affection for these animals.

The cat population is now estimated at an astonishing 100 million felines in the United States alone! In contrast, cat populations in Europe and Asia are much lower.

Cats have been deemed the most popular pet for Americans, with 65% of homes owning a cat according to an April 2017 survey by Gallup pollsters.

history of Cats

All about cat lovers

Cat lovers can be cat people, cat ladies, or cat guys.

– Cat People – This term is used to describe someone who adores cats and will do anything for them.

– Cat Ladies/Guys – A cat lady or guy loves felines so much they may have more than one cat at a time! It’s not uncommon for cat ladies to have many more cats than most people would consider healthy.

– Cat Mom – A cat mom loves her cat so much it’s as if she is the mother of a child! They will do anything for their furry little ones, even though they know that sometimes this behavior can be seen by others as excessive and obsessive.

Cats are many cat lovers’ best friends and that is why we have this fun treat today. After all, what cat-lover can resist cat cupcakes?

All about cat lovers

Cat cupcakes recipe

These cupcake bases can be made with either a yellow boxed cake mix or a recipe from scratch.

Cat cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.
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How to make Cat cupcakes

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

asy Cat Cupcakes recipe

Easy Cat Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Cat Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

How to make Cat cupcakes for kids

How to make Cat cupcakes for kids

You will need the following items to make your cat cupcakes:

  • Baked yellow cupcakes per whichever recipe you want to use and let them cool completely.
  • Black Fondant for the cat ears
  • White frosting – homemade or storebought
  • Multi-colored frosting as desired for fur – it can be black and white, grey and white, orange and white, etc
  • Wilson deco tip 233 to create fur
  • Deco eyes
  • Pink pearl candies for nose
  • Gel icing for nose, whiskers, and tongue

How to make cat cupcakes:

Roll out fondant and cut out triangle shapes for the ears. Set the ears aside for a bit and work on the cat fur.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Spoon a dollop of white frosting on the cupcake and spread it out. This will be your base.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Pop your multi-colored frosting into your piping bag that is fitted with that Wilton tip 233.

How to make cat cupcakes:

Pipe on fur over base frosting in the desired pattern of your choice. You can pipe it all over the cupcake or just around the edges

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Apply fondant ears near the top of the cupcake, on either side of your cat’s head.

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Add on eyes where you think they fit best.

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Place pearl candy nose on your cat’s face.

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Use gel icing to create whiskers, mouth, tongue, and any additional details desired.

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Your beautiful cat cupcakes are done and ready to be shared with your favorite cat lovers!

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Other animal cupcakes you may enjoy:

How to Make the Best Geode Cupcakes

Today we are going to make Geode Cupcakes! Have you ever seen a geode before? Geodes are rocks that have crystals inside them and they can be found on the side of the road or in old mines. The word “geode” comes from two Greek words meaning “earthy” and “like a seed.”

How to Make the Best Geode Cupcakes

In this blog post, we will show you how to make geode cupcakes using edible sugar crystals!

History of geodes:

Geodes were first discovered around 1797 but more about them was not know until 1821 when solid geodes (instead of hollow ones) were found at Sicilian volcano Mount Etna. This discovery led to an understanding of what these formations looked like on the inside.

What do geodes look like inside?

Geodes usually have many small crystals lining the geode’s interior. These are often of different types and colors, including quartz, amethyst, and citrine.

What causes the crystals inside a geode?

Geodes are formed when geothermal heat and pressure cause fluids such as water, gas, or oil to evaporate. These liquids get trapped in tiny cracks inside a rock that is typically porous like limestone. The geodes grow larger over time as more fluid seeps into the cracks.

A Great Video about All About Geodes and How They Are Formed – good for kids to watch too!

Geode Coloring

When rocks are created, impurities can be in them. The colors can depend on what type of impurity is in the rock. Iron oxides will make the quartz look a reddish color. Other crystals like amethyst can also be found in some geodes. Some geodes have banding or crystals that are different. You can’t tell what they will be like on the inside until you cut them open. But if you find geodes from a certain place, they might have similar colors and shapes to them.

Some geodes are dyed with artificial colors. Geodes that do not look like they should have been altered might have been artificially changed.

Geodes are so popular with kids in the world of STEM, Science-Technology-Engineering-Math, that there are even kids toys of break open geodes, etc. National Geographic has the best set out there for kids.

Geode Cupcakes for Kids

Now, without all of that fancy geothermal activity, can we take that incredible crystal concept and turn it into a cupcake?

YES!!!

Both kids and adults alike will be in awe of the gorgeous result when you are showing them off.

I’m not saying that everyone knows a Geologist, but these would make for great Birthday Cupcakes too!

Geode Cupcakes Designs

This was the tricky part – I didn’t have all that quartz, amethyst, and citrine lying around, let alone in an edible form. So, I went with citrine geodes since it’s the one that most closely resembles quartz.

I used rock candy.

I found it on Amazon, but even your local Dollar Tree carries it. Keep in mind that ONE rock candy sucker makes 2-3 geode cupcakes.

You can see how you can make variations by using other colors too (like pink or purple) to represent amethyst geodes! The look will totally change with whatever color candy you choose to run with.

🙂

Geode Crystal Cupcakes Ingredients

Geode cupcakes recipe

These cupcake bases can be made with either a yellow boxed cake mix or a recipe from scratch.

Geode cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

How to make Geode cupcakes

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Easy Geode Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Geode Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using fondant and rock candy, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Geode Crystal Cupcakes Ingredients:

Geode Crystal Cupcakes Ingredients

Making Geode Cupcakes:

Remember, these are geological treasures. Geodes are often NOT perfect – so you want to make sure yours are not perfectly round either. A little off center, elliptical, or even with the crystals not perfectly places makes for a more authentic looking Geode cupcake.

Bake cupcakes per recipe and let them cool completely.

Making Geode Cupcakes

Knead white and black fondant with a little food coloring of your choice until a marble effect is achieved.

Making Geode Cupcakes

Place fondant between 2 sheets of wax paper and roll it out to a circle just a little larger than the cupcake top, leave a thicker space in the middle to press the rock candy into.

Making Geode Cupcakes

Break the rock candy apart and then press some into the fondant. You will have a few “crumbs” from your candy so make sure you use those also! Sprinkle them into your Geode face.

Making Geode Cupcakes

Spread or pipe a light layer of frosting onto the cupcake and place the fondant geode cupcakes toppers on it.

Use a small paintbrush to brush on just a tiny bit of vegetable oil to create a shiny surface around the rock candy.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

How to Make the Best Geode Cupcakes

Other fun cupcakes you may like:

Making Flower Pot Cupcakes: DIY Instructions

Do you want to try something new and different for your next event? Are you looking for a unique centerpiece for your table that people will talk about long after the party is over? If so, then these DIY flower pot cupcakes are perfect.

Making Flower Pot Cupcakes: DIY Instructions

This tutorial gives step-by-step instructions on how to make them, as well as some variations that can be used depending on what you are serving. Follow these instructions and wow your guests with this fantastic dessert!

What could be a better gift for your gardener?

It’s a fun and unique project for your next party, event, or gathering. Get people talking with these flower pot cupcakes! Follow the instructions below to make them yourself at home.

How to make cupcakes in a terracotta pot?

Now I know a lot of people bake their cupcakes in real, mini flower pots. I have even seen people in the Dollar Tree crafting groups talk about putting an oreo in the bottom to plug the hole, then pouring their batter over it, and baking them in the oven.

Um – I love my Dollar Tree stores, but just NO on baking food inside things made in China.

I’m always interested in which household items are safe to use for my family. I found out that some flowerpots may contain lead, a dangerous heavy metal. Lead is not made from a food-safe material and can be harmful if ingested by children or pets; it’s important to know so you won’t take any chances with your loved ones!

What does lead poisoning do to you?

Lead poisoning can lead to a variety of side effects. These may include behavioral disorders, seizures, and intellectual disabilities in children; infertility for adults; and kidney damage or high blood pressure among other things.

A great video on why Lead is bad for all of us – and we should avoid trying to eat it.

I don’t know about you but if I had my kids over at someone’s house who was making their cupcakes out of flower pots filled with lead, I would not be the best company…

Unless you have certified food-grade terracotta flowerpots, please use MY method.

What to use for flower pots

I like these Royal Brown Tulip Style Baking Cups that I found on Amazon. They come in a pack of 200 and are also great for making muffins!

These tulip baking cups are made from premium quality grease-proof paper. This material helps to retain moisture and promotes even baking. This product is oven safe and can withstand temperatures up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

The only difference between the small, medium, or large is the height of the cup paper. The bases are all the same and fit in any muffin tin.

How to make Flower Pot cupcakes

You will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1 C whole milk, room temp
  • 1/2 C canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla*
  • 1 C boiling water
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Chocolate Cupcake Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  • Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in a bowl. Add this to the dry ingredients beating on medium until the batter is smooth.
  • Gradually add the boiling water, milk, and oil and blend together until the batter is smooth.
  • Using a medium scoop fill the paper-lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to slightly cool before transferring to wire racks.
  • Cool completely before decorating.

Flower Pot Cupcake Variations

Here is the secret to huge options on variations for this chocolate cupcake recipe. If you want chocolate orange cupcakes, use orange extract instead of vanilla. Mint extract would make for a great chocolate mint cupcake!

Just think of all the different flavored extracts that you can use! Butter flavored extract would make for a fantastically rich flavored gourmet treat. How about almond extract for a perfect match to some cherry frosting? Now you have Black Forrest cupcakes! Banana extract would lend itself to a treat any little monkey would be tickled to have.

Easy Flower Pot Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Flower Pot Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using fondant and rock candy, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

How to Decorate Flower Pot Cupcakes

Flower Pot Cupcakes Ingredients:

  • Your favorite Chocolate Cupcakes – baked and cooled.
  • White frosting – homemade or canned.
  • Crushed Oreo cookies for your dirt.
  • Small decorating sticks or skewers
  • Mini seed packets or packet printable that I have here – you only need to print them off and cut them apart.
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Preparation Instructions:

Bake cupcakes per recipe and let them cool completely.

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Pipe a small amount of frosting on the cupcake in a thin layer.

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Sprinkle the crushed Oreos on the frosting or dip the cupcake into the crushed Oreos.

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Use tape to attach a seed packet or printable to your stick.

how to make flower pot cupcakes

Place stick in cupcake dirt.

Flower Pot Alternatives Topper Alternatives

Plant Steaks

Instead of seed packets, you could use plant stakes and write the names of your guests on them. That way, they make for perfect place setting name tags. I like these KINGLAKE 100 Pcs 6 x10cm Plastic Plant T-Type Tags on Amazon. They come in a variety of colors, but I prefer white.

Silk Flowers

Your local Dollar Tree has a constant influx of silk flowers and most bunches come with 4-7 individual stems. Simply take your wire cutters and trim them to just the right size to peep out of your pots.

Use Regular Seed Packets

You can often find fun flower packets at the local Dollar Tree for just $0.25 – that means four packs for a buck! Use those on your wooden picks and everyone has a souvenir after they have eaten their yummy treat!

Can you think of any other way to top your flower pot cupcakes? Please share you idea!

Other gardenish cupcakes you may like:

How to Make the Best Sunflower Cupcakes

Why do we like sunflowers? They are so cheerful, especially when they’re in full bloom. The bright yellow petals and their happy faces make us feel better about the world! There is nothing like finding a full field of them in the fall and walking through them.

How to Make the Best Sunflower Cupcakes

Some people love to even plant sunflowers They are easy to grow, and they attract pollinators. It is easier to do you you might think.

Regardless, I love to see a field of sunflowers in the fall. It’s probably on my annual bucket list, and I’m not sure why it is there. Maybe because they are so cheerful that when you find yourself surrounded by them, you feel better about life! So what does this have to do with cupcakes? Nothing really (I just like to ramble), but I have a recipe for the Best Sunflower Cupcakes.

Sunflower cupcakes

Sunflower cupcakes are a perfect way to celebrate summer. These iced treats are easy to make, and they taste great too!

Sunflower cupcakes for a wedding shower?

Did you know that Sunflowers are a traditional flower for weddings and other celebrations? You can now make these happy flowers into sweet cupcakes! So many people are now doing cupcakes at their weddings instead of a wedding cake.

Why are people doing cupcakes instead of wedding cakes?

It can be a better cost per person at your event, you don’t have to have someone sitting there who knows how to actually cut and serve a cake, and the different tiered displays that are available are just as impressive as a layered wedding cake.

Sunflower cupcakes with Oreos

When looking at Sunflower cupcakes ideas, this is one of the top suggestions. It is round, the right color, and has a nice bumpy texture that helps look like the sunflower seeds in the center of a flower.

The other idea some people use is chocolate chips. We wanted this to be an EASY Sunflower cupcakes recipe so we used a mini Oreo instead of hand placing all those chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips.

Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower cupcakes decorations

This one is going to be easy – just two things are really needed to create these: yellow frosting and Oreo cookies. We used mini Oreo cookies as they sit best on top of cupcakes and really look more proportional to the finished design.

Sunflower cupcakes recipe

These cupcake bases can be made with either a yellow boxed cake mix or a recipe from scratch.

Sunflower cupcakes recipe

A good yellow cupcake recipe for the base:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk – the higher the fat content the better
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the shelf in the middle of the oven. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

How to make sunflower cupcakes

In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Place butter and milk in a microwave-safe dish and zap 2 minutes on high to melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs for 30 seconds on medium-high speed.

With the beater still going, pour the sugar in over 30 seconds.

Beat eggs for 6 minutes more on a highly faster speed, or until tripled in volume and almost pure white.

When the egg is whipped, scatter 1/3 flour across the surface, then beat on low for 5 seconds. Stop beating, add half the remaining flour, then mix again on low for 5 seconds. Add remaining flour, then mix on Speed 1 for 5 – 10 sec until the flour is just mixed in. Once you can’t see flour, stop straight away.

Pour the hot milk/butter, vanilla, and oil into the now empty flour bowl. Add about 3/4 cups of the Egg Batter into the hot milk. Use a whisk to mix until smooth. It should look kind of foamy.

With the beater on low still, pour the milk mixture into the Egg Batter over 10-15 seconds, then turn the beater off.

Fill your muffin tins with batter until they are 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Easy Sunflower Cupcakes recipe

Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)

How do you store Sunflower Cupcakes?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

How to Make Sunflower Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes per whichever recipe you want to use and let them cool completely.

In a bowl mix white frosting with yellow food coloring to make a deep yellow color.

easy Sunflower Cupcakes recipe

Place frosting in a piping bag with a Wilton #70 tip to make the petals.

how to make Sunflower Cupcakes

Place a small dab of frosting directly in the center of the cupcake and place the mini Oreo on top.

Sunflower Cupcakes for weddings

Pipe petals from the cookie outward all the way around the cupcake,

Sunflower Cupcakes ready to eat

Your sunflowers are done!

Check out a few of our other cupcake ideas: