Adapted from a recipe by Cheri Sicard, CheriOnIce.com
Deliciousness from the cat box
This clever cake recipe that frightfully resembles a well-used kitty litter box is actually delicious, despite its appearance.
For the proper presentation, use a brand new (and definitely unused) plastic cat litter box and spoon it onto plates with a new (never used) pooper scooper.
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Foodstuffs you will need:
- 1 box German chocolate or milk chocolate cake mix
- 1 box white cake mix
- 2 large packages vanilla instant pudding mix (may substitute pistachio for one box of vanilla)
- 1 large package vanilla sandwich cookies
- green food coloring
- black food coloring (if gray color is desired)
- 12 small Tootsie Roll or Milk Duds candies
You’ll also need:
- 1 new kitty litter pan
- 1 new pooper scooper
- pan liner
How to make your Kitty Litter Cake:
- Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans).
- Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble.
- Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring (and/or, separately add black food coloring for grey crumbles) 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. Important: mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten the mixture, but don’t make it too soggy. Combine gently.
- Line your brand new, never-used kitty litter box with baking parchment, waxed paper or a turkey baking bag. (The lining is needed because litter boxes — no surprise — are not made of food-grade plastic.)
- Put the cake/pudding/cookie mixture into the litter box.
- Put 3 unwrapped Tootsie rolls or Milk Duds in a microwave-safe dish and heat until they are soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with another three candies, and bury them in the mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly on top of everything (this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter) and/or your grey cookie crumbs.
- Heat 3 more of the candies in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake, and then sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Spread the remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top. For the pièce de résistance, take one Tootsie Roll and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, and sprinkle it lightly with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around for a truly disgusting effect.
Variation: You can opt not to crumble the cakes, but rather layer them in the pan with the layers of pudding in between (much like you would layer a trifle into a trifle dish), sprinkle the top layer of pudding with a heavy layer of crumbled cookies.
Be warned — this cake won’t always get eaten. People (especially adults) just can’t seem to get past the appearance, no matter how good it may taste.
Kitty litter birthday cake photo thanks to keeping it real