It’s creepy. It’s real looking. So real looking you might have to eat some first before anyone else will. Behold Kitty Litter Cake!
Love this for Halloween. I can’t say all the people I’ve served it to are as excited as I am but it always gets a reaction! Each time I make it, I giggle at the finished product because it is just so darn real looking. And it’s so easy!
This time I made Caramel Apple Cake with apple-y dulce de leche for the cake part. First I’ll tell you the easiest way. Then I’ll give you the recipe for the scrumptious caramel apple cake (which you can make as a single layer cake or a bundt cake without anything creepy or gross required)! The apple cake is really easy too – you just need a bowl and a spoon.
Things you need for the easiest version:
box cake mix (your favorite flavor) plus whatever ingredients it calls for on the box
box of pudding (your fav again) plus the milk to make it
package of vanilla sandwich cookies (about 50 – 60)
half gallon sized zip lock baggie
blue food coloring
tootsie rolls (anywhere from 3 – 15 depending on how many pieces of cat “poop” you want)
9×13” pan to bake the cake in
kitty litter pan, brand new & washed (or any 9×13” pan)
kitty litter scoop, brand new & washed
Make the pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to use. Bake the cake according to the box instructions. Let cool 15 – 20 minutes (or until completely cool).
While the cake is baking, place half the sandwich cookies in the baggie and use a rolling pin (or something else heavy) to crush the cookies. You should have them all in very small pieces and some tiny crumbs. Don’t use a food processor for this unless you carefully pulse and watch to make sure you don’t get uniform cookie dust. Add several drops of food coloring to the bag, seal, then shake and massage to distribute the color evenly. The cookie crumbs should be pretty evenly blue when you’re done; add more dye as needed. Place the blue crumbs in a bowl and fill the baggie with the other half of the cookies. Repeat the crushing but do not dye them. Add the un-dyed crumbs to the bowl with the blue ones and mix well. Sometimes I use a fork to break up any clumps and get them mixed properly. Now you have “kitty litter!”
Once the cake has cooled a bit, cut or rip it into pieces about 1” cubes. Spread the cake pieces in the cat litter pan or back in the pan you baked it in. Pour the pudding over the whole thing and stir around slightly to get the pudding down into the crevices between the cake. Pour the “litter” evenly over the top of all of this.
Now for the cat “poop.” Unwrap 3 – 6 tootsie rolls (I use the midgie size but you can use less of the bigger type), place on a plate, and microwave for 10 – 15 seconds. Combine 3 of the rolls together and shape into something that looks authentic. (mwahaha) Add on to your cake and turn over in the cookie crumbs once to get some to stick (I think it looks more real then). Repeat until you have enough “poop” to satisfy your inner evil baker.
Serve with a kitty litter scoop! Sit back and silently (or loudly) giggle at people discussing how/when/if to try and eat your masterpiece.
Perfect for Halloween or as an interesting kids party gag!
Salted Caramel Apple Cake
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 – 5 cups apples, cored and diced (I used granny smith, about 5 of them)
Apple-y Dulce de Leche:
1 16 oz jar dulce de leche
¼ cup apple cider
2 – 3 tablespoons coarse sea salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour one 9×13 inch cake pan or a bundt pan.
In a medium bowl, beat oil and eggs with a whisk/wooden spoon until well combined. Add the sugars and vanilla and beat well. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda in the bowl. Stir until just combined. The batter will be very thick. Fold in the apples using a wooden spoon. Spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with only one or two crumbs attached.
While the cake bakes, mix together the dulce de leche and apple cider. Set aside.
If using the cake for the kitty litter cake, cool about 20 minutes and the cut/rip into 1” cubes. Place into your serving vessel and pour the apple-y dulce de leche over it. Sprinkle sea salt over the top, if using.
If you made a single layer 9×13 cake, poke holes all over the cake while still hot. Then pour the apple-y dulce de leche over the top, spreading if necessary to get every inch covered. All that deliciousness will soak it the cake. Sprinkle the sea salt over the cake if using.
If you made a bundt cake, let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Drizzle the apple-y dulce de leche over the top, saving any extra for individual servings. Sprinkle with only 1 tablespoon of sea salt.
This cake is also delicious without the dulce de leche. Without it, it’s a yummy breakfast treat. I’ve also made it with itty bitty caramel bits I keep finding at Target instead of dulce de leche on top. A teaspoon or two of cinnamon in the batter is also delicious. Make it yours and enjoy!