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RSPCA Cupcakes

 I made up about 4 dozen cupcakes for the RSPCA cupcake day this year. Please vote for my creations so I can win a baking pack for my efforts:



I made three different types:

Hello Kitty cupcakes – Vanilla flavour with hint of apple & cinnamon decorated with blue icing and a fondant Hello Kitty and dusted with edible glitter

Rainbow Vanilla Cupcakes – rainbow cupcake (purple, pink, orange) topped with rainbow (yellow, green, blue) buttercream icing and sprinkled with edible glitter

Red Velvet Cupcakes – topped with buttery cream cheese icing, with a sprinkle of red edible glitter and decorated with black cats

Hello Kitty cupcakes

For the Hello Kitty cupcakes, I made the standard cupcake recipe that I use from the Edmonds cookbook and threw in some additional flavours:


  • 190g butter, softened
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp apple essence
  • 1 C caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ C plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ C milk


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Cream butter, cinnamon, essences and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together
  5. Fold into creamed mixture
  6. Stir in milk
  7. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared mini cupcake pan that has been lined with paper cases
  8. Bake for 20 mins or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched
  9. Transfer to a wire tack to cool down before decorating

butter icing


  • 250g butter
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp apple essence
  • ½ tsp food colouring


Beat all of the above ingredients together until smooth. Divide into thirds and colour each batch as desired


For decoration I created fondant Hello Kitty’s. I made a stencil out of cardboard, rolled the fondant out to about 5mm thick then cut out shapes using a craft knife.

For the features (nose & eyes) I cut out coloured bits from a liquorice allsort using a round piping tip (Steve helped out too), and for the whiskers I chopped up fruit sticks into small strips.

To make the features stick to the fondant I wet the cut out with water then pressed them on. Once dried (by the heater to speed up the drying process) I painted the eyes with black food colouring. Then, when the eyes dried out, I brushed white edible glitter over the kitty. To assemble, I piped the blue icing onto each cupcake then sprinkled with silver edible glitter, then popped on the kitty decoration.

I recommend making fondant decorations at least the day before you plan to use them so they can harden up in time.

rainbow cupcakes

For these I made the same recipe as my rainbow cupcakes post. This time round, instead of swirling the mixture before I baking, I evened it out so the cupcake colours stacked on top of each other rather than marbling.

red velvet cupcakes

For these I made Nigella’s red velvet cupcake recipe (see this post). To decorate I piped the icing on top of each cupcake, sprinkled on red glitter the placed on some black cat sprinkles.

30 Days of Cat Facts

I noticed everyone on facebook was doing some 30 day song challenge, I thought about doing it too but i changed the subject to CATS! So here are my 30 days of cat cats for you enjoy too…

Cat Fact 01:  Ailurophilia is the “love of cats.”

Cat Fact 02:  The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human

Cat Fact 03:  A cat’s heart beats twice as fast as a human heart

Cat Fact 04:  Your cat is probably either a “righty” or a “lefty.”  Only 40% of cats are ambidextrous.

Cat Fact 05:  According to a myth in many cultures, cats have multiple lives. In many countries, they are believed to have nine lives, but in some Spanish-speaking regions they are said to have seven lives

Cat Fact 06:  According to National Geographic, cats can’t taste sugary foods due to a faulty sweet receptor gene. Scientists believe this is related to the cat’s diet being naturally high in protein, though it is unclear whether it is the cause or the result of it

Cat Fact 07:  A falling cat will always right itself in a precise order.  First the head will rotate, then the spine will twist and the rear legs will align, then the cat will arch its back to lessen the impact of the landing

Cat Fact 08:  The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking.  All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.

Cat Fact 09: According to myth, a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means cold weather is coming.

Cat Fact 10: Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also invented the cat door.

Cat Fact 11:  During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. In 1952, a Texas Tabby named Dusty set the record by having more than 420 kittens before having her last litter at age 18

Cat Fact 12:  Cats have excellent night vision and can see at only one-sixth the light level required for human vision

Cat Fact 13:  Cats have 290 bones in their bodies, and 517 muscles

Cat Fact 14:  A group of kittens is called a “kindle” & a group of grown cats is called a “clowder.”

Cat Fact 15:  Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat.

Cat Fact 16:  Cats are not quite colorblind but they see blue and green best of all.

Cat Fact 17:  A cat will amost never “meow” at another cat.  This sound is reserved for humans.

Cat Fact 18:  In English, cat is “cat.”   In French, cat is “Chat.”  In German, your cat is “katze.”   The Spanish word for cat is “gato,” and the Italian word is “gatto.”  Japanese prefer “neko” and Arabic countries call a cat a “kitte.”

Cat Fact 19:  The term cat nap refers to the cat’s ability to fall asleep (lightly) for a brief period and has entered the English vocabulary – someone who nods off for a few minutes is said to be “taking a cat nap”

Cat Fact 20:  Cats can purr while inhaling and exhaling. This is a technique that we simply cannot imitate. Cats purr when happy, but also when stressed, and often when dying.

Cat Fact 21:  The normal body temperature for a cat is 38-39° Celsius

Cat Fact 22:  If a cat is frightened, the hair stands up fairly evenly all over the body; when the cat is threatened or is ready to attack, the hair stands up only in a narrow band along the spine and tail.

Cat Fact 23:  Cats wag their tails when it is in a stage of conflict.  The cat wants to do two things at once, but each impulse blocks the other.  For example:   If your cat is in the doorway wanting to go outside, and you open the door to find it raining, the cat’s tail will wag because of internal conflict.  The cat wants to go outside, but doesn’t want to go into the rain.  Once the cat makes a decision and either returns to the house or leaves into the rain, the tail will immediately stop wagging.

Cat Fact 24:  Cats are the sleepiest of all mammals.   They spend 16 hours of each day sleeping.  With that in mind, a seven year old cat has only been awake for two years of its life!

Cat Fact 25:  Most cats are full grown at one year old, but there are some breeds that will continue to grow up until a year and a half years old.

Cat Fact 26:  Although cats love milk they should not have it, most cats are lactose intolerant and the calcium contributes to urinary tract problems. All cats need taurine in their diet to avoid blindness and cats must also have fat in their diet as they are unable to produce it on their own.

Cat Fact 27:  White cats are a symbol of good luck, while black cats are a sign of bad luck. It is believed that a white cat sitting on your doorstep just before your wedding is a sign of lasting happiness.

Cat Fact 28:  Cats are known for their cleanlines and spend 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves. They groom themselves by licking their fur. Backward-pointing spikes on a cat’s tongue aid in their grooming. The cat’s saliva is a powerful cleaning agent, but it can provoke allergic reactions in humans.

Cat Fact 29: It’s a well-known fact that cats often enjoy playing in boxes more than all those expensive cat toys we buy them.

Cat Fact 30:  A cat in a short sprint can travel around 50KMPH.