As if moist, sweet, airy, use-your-fingertips-to-get-each-last-crumb cupcakes weren’t delectable enough, you can
make them even more of a treat.
Give your kitty just deserts by honoring her on your
latest kitchen creation. But remember, these treats are for
YOU WILL NEED
➜ Undecorated cupcakes cooled to room temperature.
Darker color cupcakes like chocolate and red velvet work
best for this recipe.
➜ Parchment paper
➜ Scissors or a utility knife like an X-Acto knife
➜ Powdered sugar
➜ Sifter or strainer
1/ Follow your favorite cupcake recipe. Keep in mind that
powdered sugar will stand out more on a darker cake like
chocolate or red velvet.
2/ Use a compass or ramekin to draw or trace a circle on
your parchment paper. The diameter of the circle should
be the same as the diameter of your cupcakes.
3/ Make a stencil. Here’s where you can get creative! Use
a pencil to draw a kitty face. Like you do when making
a stencil for a jack-o-lantern, the stencil should remain
in one piece after you’ve cut out and removed the eyes,
ears, whiskers, and so on.
4/ Place the stencil on top of one cupcake. If the stencil
doesn’t lie flat, spray a tiny bit of water on it so it sticks
to the cake.
5/ Using the strainer or sifter, evenly sprinkle the cupcake
with powdered sugar until there’s a nice layer.
6/ Carefully and slowly remove the stencil using both
hands to lift each side at the same time.
Don’t limit yourself to one cat face design! Play with
different designs and negative space. How about a Hello
Kitty or a full-body silhouette? Look up simple cat stencil
designs online for more ideas.
BY APRIL BALOTRO
Cat Face Cupcake
True or false: Feral cats who call the streets their home harm their environment. That’s a big ‘False’! These community cats play an important
role. They not only act as a natural pest control but also raise awareness
for cats and the trap-neuter-return (TNR) movement that helps reduce
the number of homeless cats in shelters.
Because feral cats perform these important tasks, it’s important
to celebrate them on their own special day. We learned more about
National Feral Cat Day, which falls on October 16, from Becky Robinson,
president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, the national cat advocacy
organization based in Bethesda, Maryland.
Q/ What is National Feral Cat Day?
Becky Robinson: It is arguably the biggest day of the year for feral cats,
i.e., community cats. On and even before October 16, people all across
the country (and internationally!) come together for this call to action to
NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY
BY APRIL BALOTRO