Recipe

Puss In Boots cake

Whether you're a fan of the original story or of the sassy Shrek cat, this Puss In Boots cake from The Australian Women's Weekly's famous 'Children's Birthday Cake Book' cookbook is an all-time favourite.

  • 30 mins cooking
  • Makes 1
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Ingredients

Puss in boots
  • 2 x 470g packets butter cake mix
Butter cream
  • 125 gram butter
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • green and yellow food colouring
Decorations
  • 1 black licorice strap
  • 2 green smarties
  • 2 red glace cherries
  • 1 toothpick

Method

Puss in boots
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease two 20cm x 30cm (8-inch x 12-inch) rectangular cake pans; line bases and sides with baking paper, extending paper 5cm above sides.
  • 2
    Make cakes according to directions on packets; divide mixture evenly into pans. Bake about 30 minutes. Stand cakes in pans 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto wire racks to cool.
  • 3
    Place cakes side-by-side; trim long sides so the two cakes fit tightly together. Using picture as a guide, cut puss in boots from cakes; discard excess cake.
  • 4
    To make butter cream, beat butter until white as possible, gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar then milk, then remaining icing sugar. Beat until smooth.
  • 5
    Position cake pieces, cut-side down, on 30cm x 40cm (12-inch x 16-inch) rectangular cake board to form puss in boots; secure with a little butter cream.
  • 6
    Tint half the butter cream green; tint remaining butter cream yellow. Spread green butter cream over hat and boots; spread yellow on rest of cake.
  • 7
    Outline cake and define leg with thin strips of licorice, as pictured. Cut nose and paw pads from licorice; position on cake. Use thin strips of licorice for whiskers, eyebrows, mouth and claws.
  • 8
    Position green Smarties for eyes, halved glacé cherry for tongue and whole glacé cherry, secured with a toothpick, to tip of hat for pompom.

Notes

This is another one of those charming cakes that look so great, but is really quite easy and simple to make.

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