How To Make A Cat Litter Cake

This article explains how to make a dessert that looks completely like a filled, used cat litter box, but is edible.

Food that mimics other things has long been popular. Baskets made from whole watermelons, containing watermelon and other fruit balls are a perennial favorite at luncheons and teas, for instance. One popular item is the "dirt cake," which has chocolate cookie crumbs and gummi worms on top, served in a clean, foil-lined plastic or clay flowerpot.

The dirt cake only causes giggles. There is, however, a novelty cake guaranteed to elicit disgust and/or reluctant admiration from all who see it (except, maybe seven-year-old boys): a kitty litter cake. It contains no cat litter, but the preparation and serving methods may make you wonder. It is completely edible and just goes to show that presentation is, indeed, everything.

For the cake the cook will need:

1 spice or German chocolate cake mix

1 white cake mix

2 large packages vanilla instant pudding mix, prepared

1 large package vanilla cookies

Few drops green food coloring

12 small chewy chocolate candy rolls

1 NEW kitty litter pan

1 NEW plastic kitty litter pan liner (unscented)

1 NEW pooper scooper

Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans).

Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble.

Crumble vanilla cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often, or crush in a sandwich bag with a rolling pin. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup of cookies. To the crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix until completely colored.

When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. Mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it or the mixture will be too soggy. Combine gently.

Line a new, washed kitty litter box with the plastic liner. (If the thought of putting the food on the liner is unappetizing, put foil over it.) Layer the cake mixture into the litter box.

Put three unwrapped chocolate candy rolls in a microwave-safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with three more candy rolls and bury them in the mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over all "" they will look like the deodorizing crystals in kitty litter.

Heat three candy rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Spread remaining candy rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around for an even more realistic effect.

Since the layer cookie crumbs covers the top, using any flavor or flavors of cakes is an option, as is one vanilla pudding mix and one of another flavor. Another option is not crumbling the cakes, but layering them in the pan with pudding in between (as a trifle into a bowl), and sprinkling the top layer of (vanilla) pudding with a heavy layer of crumbled cookies. This produces the same slightly nauseating effect, but makes for a different texture.

Serve the cake with the clean, washed pooper scooper.

The sensitive cook may wonder where a cake like this might be welcome. A birthday party for young boys, a Halloween party, or even as a celebration for a new cat owner are all fine suggestions for making this dessert. The cook should use caution and know his/her audience before presenting it at family reunions or church suppers.

No matter where the kitty litter cake is served, it is guaranteed to cause a minor furore, and it will be remembered long after.

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