Cat Cut-Up Cake

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Have you ever made a cut-up cake? This was something we used to do all the time when I was little. The idea is simple – you start with normally shaped cakes (usually squares or circles), and then cut them up, reassemble them, and create fun designs. 

This cat is made from two 9-inch circle cakes, and is this year’s Halloween cake. I used the star method to decorate, but you could easily use candy or coconut or just straight frost this guy. If you want to follow along with the star method, I included a decorating template along with the cutting template for those like me who can’t freehand to save their life. 

So without further ado, here’s your cat cake breakdown:

Cat Cut-Up Cake, Step-by-Step

Start by baking two 9-inch round cakes. I use one cake mix and split it in two in order to get both cakes. I also use a doctored cake mix recipe (below) because I’m a tiny bit of a cake snob, but any standard cake recipe will work as long as you can get two rounds out of it. Do avoid angel food or really light cakes though, as they tend to break when you cut them.

I also made a double recipe of buttercream, reserving some of the buttercream before I add the cocoa in order to do the features. 

Cat Cut-Up Cake
Serves 16
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
  1. 1 cake mix
  2. 1 small pkg instant pudding mix
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1/3 cup butter, melted
  1. 1 cup crisco
  2. 1 cup butter or margarine
  3. 1/2 cup cocoa
  4. 2 tsp vanilla
  5. 8 cups powdered sugar
  6. 2-4 Tbsp water
  1. Mix together all ingredients for cake. Split in half and place 1/2 in each of two greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. Remove cakes from pans. Leave one cake intact, and cut the other using the template below.
  4. Assemble cat shape using template below. Set cake aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl, whip together shortening and butter. Add vanilla and mix well.
  6. Add powdered sugar in 1 cup amounts until frosting reaches desired consistency.
  7. Reserve some frosting to color for decoration.
  8. Add cocoa to remaining frosting and mix well.
  9. Use frosting to decorate cake as desired.
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Once the cakes are completely cooled, use this template to cut one of the cakes leaving the other intact. 

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Now you have your cake cut, assemble it on a cake board (mine’s part of a diaper box covered in foil). The arrangement looks like this:

Cake Cut-Up Cake | Homan at Home

Now if you’re going your own decorating way, this is where we’ll part. If you’re planning to follow along with my method, here goes!

I included a face on the cutting template to use for tracing. I couldn’t decide on eyes, so there are two kinds there. For this cake, I used the round ones. 

I cut out the eyes, nose, and cheeks, then placed them on the cake and used icing to trace around them and a toothpick to lift them off after I finished.

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Once I had the shapes, I filled them in with a Wilton 18 star tip. 

Cake Cut-Up Cake | Homan at Home

The last step is to fill in the rest of the cake with the star tip and the chocolate frosting. I will not lie, this takes a while and requires some good hand strength. I actually find it soothing…

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You’ll notice I moved the tail out of the way to do the body. I actually did the inside edge of the tail while it was away, then moved the tail into position and finished the top and outside edge. 

Here’s the finished product:

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And that’s it! Enjoy your lovely cat cake!

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Looks so delicate 🙂 Excellent job making me feel bad for wanting to destroy it with a bite lol

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Diane Homan

That’s the point of cakes!!!! 🙂


I’ve been looking for a cat cake to do for an upcoming birthday and glad I finally stumbled into your website. Looking forward to doing this one in a couple of months. I’m not that experienced, but your steps look fairly easy to me. Thanks for sharing this!

Diane Homan

I’m so glad you found us too! Cut-up cakes are my favorite – pretty easy as cakes go, and so many possibilities 🙂 I hope your cat comes out gorgeously!

Richa Patel

It can help to make different cakes shapes also.
being a vegetarian what can I use in substitute if egg??. other than that all ingredients are really great which goes with all occasions. Keep sharing amazing recipes.

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Diane Homan

I would try 1/2 a banana per egg!


Looks very delicious. I will try it soon. Thanks!!!!
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Diane Homan

Thanks for stopping by 🙂


What an idea!!!!, I love it and I am going to save this to my drive. Thanks for sharing ideas with us.

Jennifer Berkey

I am loving this cat cut cake recipe. I made it this week’s birthday celebration. My kids love it and they won’t stop eating. Thanks for this. Xoxo.

Diane Homan

So glad you and the kids enjoyed!

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I prepared this cake for my Kids, They felt very happy they enjoyed a lot while eating this Chocolate cat cake.

Diane Homan

I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it!


What time of boxed cake mix and pudding mix would you recommend?

Diane Homan

I like Duncan Hines for the cake mix, and I use store brand for pudding 🙂

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Wow! Awesome! Thanks for the idea 😉
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You guys are fantastic, one can take these ideas and quickly make it at home because these looks to be easy — Thankx for sharing dear.

Krishna Vitrakoti

Absolutely perfect guide to make cat cut cake. I tried cooking by using your article and it was damn tasty. I was quite confused in some places. It would be better if you can make videos too.

Diane Homan

Thanks! Someday maybe I’ll break into video 🙂

Yashina Chhetri

OMG…. What a cake. I will surprise my husband with it. Thank you for this wonderful article.

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Aish Manu

lovely Cat chocolate cake, Looking delicious. Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe.

Love Z.

Thank you for this great tutorial. I made a super-cute version of this cake for my daughter’s birthday this weekend. Everyone loved it. 🙂

Diane Homan

I’m so glad! Happy birthday to your daughter!

Love Z.

Thank you! And how can I send you a picture? 🙂

Diane Homan

Shoot me an email at [email protected], or tag me on Instagram with @homanathome. I’d LOVE to see!

Amdavad Blog

Looks tempting and delicious, tried to cook by using your guide and it was so amazing and tasty.
The guide was perfect and Thanks for sharing.
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Wow its look really delicious and creative. I will try it soon for my kids as well.
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I am trying to find the pattern for the Bakers Coconut Cut up cake pattern for the space ship. Would you happen to have it. I made one for my son 38 years ago and would love to make it for his son’s 4th birthday. I can’t find my book. Thank you so much.


I finished a cat cake last night using this template, and it came out perfectly!! It’s adorable! Thank you!!


I’m really so glad!
it came out perfectly!! It’s adorable! Thank you!!
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Peter Calvin

What a beautiful and cute cake this is. My daughter is really fond of cats and this would be a great gift for her birthday. She would be amazed. Thanks for sharing.

Diane Homan

Thank you for your kind words! I hope your daughter loves it!


Thanks so much for sharing this method! Very easy to follow. My piping skills are nowhere near like yours so I left off piping the sides and used marshmallows and dried spaghetti for the cat features! My niece loved it though.

Diane Homan

I’m so glad! I’m sure it was adorable 🙂

Kevin Walters

Gonna try and make this just as you instructed. Hope it turns out just as good as your.

Pyaar Bhejo

Wow! This is such a cute cake that I don’t want to ruin it by taking a bite. Haha, but i wonder how it taste like. Will have to find out by trying it. Thanks for such amazing recipe.


That is a great recipe for this kind of cup cap, can you please share more designing cup cake with us?

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I greased and also floured my frying pan generously but the cake was still really tough to get out of a nonstick Bundt cake frying pan. I let it cool for 15 mins prior to disposing it to the shelf to finish air conditioning. Fell apart. Lotion cheese blend a little damp I assume. Cake was done per my cake tester. Any suggestions?
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Diane Homan

I honestly don’t know! Different cake recipes will give you different results, as will different ingredients, and even different weather! That said, I usually loosen the sides with a knife right when I get the cake out to discourage it from sticking.

Rebecca DeHart

I made this for my daughter‘s seventh birthday last year. She loved it so much she requested it again this year! Thanks for the super easy to follow directions:)

Diane Homan

I’m so glad she loved it!


You guys are Awesome , one can take these ideas and quickly make it at home because these looks to be easy — Thank for sharing.

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