cat in the hat cake


John turned the big “3” in March, so to celebrate, I made a cake representative of his favorite book. The cat is modeling chocolate with royal icing and gum paste accessories. This cake has a couple of firsts for me. First structure using pvc and a copper wire frame and also the first attempt at using a cornstarch mold for sugar candy (for the fish bowl).


The cake on the top of his hat was actually cake, and had the birthday candles in it for John to blow out.


John liked the cake, but was equally impressed with the effect of the blue frosting on his tongue.


All in all, I was probably happier with how this came out than with any cake I’ve done so far. Now I just have to figure out how to make sure I have enough time to set up good photos for these cakes before its time to blow out the candles and destroy them!



  1. Julia_nj
    Jul 6, 2012

    The cake is amazing! Do you have a picture of the structure for the cat? I would like to make a cake like yours for my son’s bd. how did you make the fish bowl? Is modeling chocolate easier to use than fondant? Thanks

    1. Anonymous
      Jul 7, 2012

      I suck at doing tutorials – I figure it out as I go along, but I might be able to explain some of it. How long till your son’s birthday? =)

  2. Jeanne
    Feb 2, 2012

    You did an awesome job on it! I do believe this is my absolute favorite Cat in the Hat cake!

    1. Jill
      Feb 15, 2012

      Thank you so much, Jeanne! It sure was fun to work on!

  3. Mayer4556
    Nov 10, 2011

    Good grief, I wouldn’t even know where to start!! I love the fish bowl!

  4. Theresa Turpin
    Oct 31, 2011

    Amazing! Too bad they had to eat it.

    1. Jill
      Nov 4, 2011

      The best art is the art you get to destroy when you’re done!

  5. Suzy
    Apr 5, 2011

    How did I even get to become friends with the most talented person ever?!? Good lord. This cake is ridiculously amazing.

    1. Jill
      Apr 7, 2011

      Thanks! It took several evenings, once John was asleep, to finish, but it wan’t that difficult. I’ve learned so much watching the Food Network!

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