How To Make a Rat Shaped Novelty Birthday Cake
Make a Remy the rat cake for Halloween: best ever Celebration cake
Everyone has heard of the Walt Disney Pixar film 'Ratatouille' staring Remy, a rat who dreams of becoming a chef. Well, this is the cake that became a rat! This is the best ever birthday or celebration cake - well, the best ever rat birthday or Halloween cake. Why? It is a quick, easy, no-bake, cheap cake that raises an instant laugh. It can't go wrong, tastes better on the second day and lasts quite a long time. This is the perfect novelty cake!
Remy the rat is also an excellent novelty cake children's birthdays, your husband's or boyfriends birthday, Father's Day and many other celebrations - depending on your sense of humor of course.
Children love it, and if you're not keen on the rat, why not make a Fat Cat cake for the fat cats in your life? (Perfect for the boss??)
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How Remy the Rat Halloween cake idea came about
This Halloween cake idea came to me when I was working on a menu for food for a Halloween party for children and in desperation I thought back to the truffle cakes of my childhood. I suddenly realised that those cakes were made from all the left-overs of the day, and reproduced for sale on the morrow. I used to love them. They are also the perfect cake for making shapes. You have cake-clay in essence. Malleable when warm but will set fairly firmly in the fridge. I made mine very speedily, and it was the prototype, but you could take a little more care and come up with something even more life-like. You could really go to town on presentation. You could make lots of lovely flowers from fruits, sweets, marzipan and icing. You could create a 'dustbin' from cake and icing. Let your imagination run riot. I'll perhaps go to town a little more next year. Great for Halloween!
You might also like to check out this recipe which includes edible worms, mice and other ghoulish goodies: Nasty Nibbles for Halloween
Ingredients for your rat Halloween cake
- Plain, cheap, ready made cake from supermarket or you can use up your own left over cake
- Marzipan (not in picture because dog ate the last bit!)
- Dark cooking chocolate (I used one slab of chocolate and most of this cake)
- A little milk
- Pink marzipan for tail and ears
- Green or white marzipan or something else to make eyes; cake baubles, little sweets etc
- Flavouring: Rum, brandy, whisky or amaretto flavouring or the real thing for adults, for the kids, orange or almond. Anything you like really!
- Brown or black food colouring or red, yellow and blue colouring mixed together
- Chocolate vermicelli
You will also need
- Whiskers. I used bristles from a new washing up brush but if you can think of edible ones, that would be better
- A fine paint brush to paint the tail
How to make this Halloween cake
- Melt the chocolate and milk, add the cake
- Mix together
- Keep adding cake until the mixture looks as if you could shape it
- Add flavourings or spirits
- Let it cool until you can mould it with your hands
- Form into a rat shape pointed at front and wider at the haunches
- Cover with chocolate vermicelli
And that is all there is to this bit! Simple.
Make the rat's tail, ears and eyes
Make the tail by rolling a ball of pink marzipan into a ball, then, using three fingers, roll it backwards and forwards until you have a thin 'sausage'. roll it more on one end so that it tapers to a point.
Use your brown or black food colouring, or mix a brown with red, blue and yellow, or red and green colour. Make a hole in the back of your rat and insert the tail.
For the eyes, again use pink marzipan, roll it into a little ball, then with thumb and forefinger pinch one side of the ball into an ear shape and curl it round at the base forming a little 'peg' at the bottom. Make a hole where the ear is going to go and then poke the peg into the hole.
I used white or green marzipan for the eyes, but only because I couldn't find anything better. You might be able to find little sweets or cake decorations that would look better.
For the whiskers I cut six bristles off a new washing up brush, but perhaps you have some better ideas for this too. Edible whiskers would be ideal as I was worried that someone would get a nylon whisker stuck in their throat! Do leave a message in the box below if you can think of anything.
So easy - get the kids to make this fun rat novelty cake
Here is a twelve year old boy making this cake and it took him about ten minutes after I gave him the basic mix. How easy is that?
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