- 2 hours
- 40 minutes
- Makes 1 cake
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, oil, water, eggs, vanilla pudding mix, and orange juice and zest, and beat for 2 to 3 minutes on high.
- Pour the cake mixture into two greased-and-floured 8-inch round cake pans.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely.
- In a bowl, combine the three cans of white frosting with enough red and yellow food coloring to achieve the desired shade of orange frosting.
- Assemble the cake as follows: place one cake on your serving platter and frost the top. Add the second cake. If your cakes are too round-topped, you can carefully use a knife to trim some of the "hump" so it's flatter.
- Apply one thin layer of frosting over the cake; this is the crumb coat. Place in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Create the face of the cat using fondant and candy. Cut five circles of white fondant, two small and three large. Use the small circles for eyes and the large circles to make the muzzle.
- Attach a thin slice of yellow Dot candy to each Junior Mint to create the iris and vertical pupil of each eye. Flatten a pink Starburst candy with a rolling pin and shape it into a triangle with wide, rounded corners for the nose. For the mouth, cut off the top one-third of a red Dot candy and shape it into a teardrop for the tongue.
- To make the whiskers, simply pipe lines of white icing from the cat's muzzle to the edge of the cake. Then pipe dots of icing on the cat's muzzle and top each dot and each whisker with a pearl sprinkle.
- For the ears, take the sugar cookie triangles and "glue" them to the ends of the popsicle sticks using white icing for the glue. Allow the icing to dry completely overnight, until it's strong enough to hold up the cookies, then insert the other ends of the popsicle sticks into the sides of the cake in the appropriate place for the ears.
- Place the remainder of your orange frosting in a piping bag with a "grass" piping tip (also called a multi-opening tip). Create the "fur" frosting effect by squeezing a little frosting onto the cake, then lifting quickly to create the strands of fur. Keep the strands pretty short so your cat looks neat and tidy! Pipe all over the cake as shown, using white icing for the ear centers.