Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cat Butt Cake

There’s a new specialty in my house. Cat Butt Cake. Just bake Nigella Lawson’s fabulous Chocolate-Espresso Cake from her book FEAST (one of my favorite cookbooks of all time). Ready for my own original twist on it? Once you pour the Kahlua on it, and the cake is cooling, just have a cat sit on it.

Yes, that’s right. I said, have a cat sit on it.

That’s what my cat did. My cat sat on my cake. (That's him, above, looking all innocent).

My cat is strange. Most of you know this already. If you don’t, then you need to revisit previous posts such as Sleeping With Joey, My Assistant, Why the Cat Has a Bald Tail, and The Culinary Cat.

This is a cat who takes Valium, sucks on blankets, drinks from the faucet, and loves a spatula. He’s not right. So this shouldn’t have surprised me.

But as I recall, when I discovered him resting his hind end on the already-flat cake, my words were, “Are you [bleep]-ing kidding me?!”

But really, he SAT ON A CAKE? Aren’t cats supposed to be fastidious? Joey is missing that trait. When I let him in the garage (because he sits at the door and wails to go in there), I will frequently find him sprawling in puddles like a dog. Or sitting in the recycling bin. Or cuddled up in an open bag of potting soil. Sigh..

It’s a good thing I love him so much.

I had made two cakes that fateful morning, for friends with birthdays. I walked into the kitchen to find Joey with his butt plopped on one cooling cake. Once I’d wrestled him down to wipe the sticky Kahlua from his backside (that was fun), I had to cut the other cake in half and deliver half cakes to my birthday friends.

What did I do with the Cat Butt Cake? I scraped a layer off the top and kept it for myself.

Of course.

Wouldn’t you?


  1. Yes, yes I would. And, like you, still love the cat afterwords. He's gotten curmudgeonly in his old age, and has raided the vidalia-fig-duck stir fry while I'm not looking...but cake sitting? Not yet.

    Also...I love your writing. I haven't had a case of "can't put it down" like Traveling Light gave me in quite a long time.

  2. I am not necessarily a fan of cats - but that picture might make me change my mind!

    Rebound once at the rear end of Harper's ladybug birthday cake - fortunately he had the decency to wait until after we'd done the candles/singing.

  3. Oops - that should be Rebound once "ate"... learn to proofread Madges!

  4. Sadly, the very first thing I noticed in the first picture was the thing of Kahlua. Ha. Whoops! I think I would absolutely love Joey. Such a kickass personality!

  5. I'd suggest a cat whisperer, but Julia Child might be more appropriate. That cat is screaming for his own book/movie deal. :-)

  6. Who doesn't want a nice, warm cake smothered all over their rear end? Oh wait...


  7. "If not for sitz, why it made of warm?"

  8. awesome... start to finish grinning...

  9. oh, how this Joey made me LAUGH OUT LOUD!! Kahlua Cat Butt, indeed!! ((grin))