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Pusheen is an adorable internet cat, and she loves all food – but especially, she loves pink sprinkled donuts. That’s why I made her into a donut, also holding a donut! Before we get to the recipe, here are some more pictures.
Let’s face it, this recipe is more about the decoration than the cake base. I used a box mix of Funfetti cake, and then made half of it chocolate flavored with cocoa powder. But, if you want a tasty new recipe, this is my favorite: a dense coconut pound cake recipe.
- 6 Tablespoons Butter (softened)
- 1 1/4 Cup Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 6 Tablespoons Cream of Coconut (NOT coconut milk)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- White Melting Chocolate, about 20oz. For example, I used two packs of Ghirardelli White Melting Chocolate.
- Black and Red Food Dye, for the chocolate. The black is to make Pusheen a gray color, and the red will make pink for her donut.
- Round Rainbow Sprinkles for Pusheen’s donut. I used these Rainbow Nonpareils.
- Cheerios Cereal, to use as Pusheen’s donut.
- Almonds, for Pusheen’s ears. I highly recommend buying sliced almonds instead of whole almonds, such as these.
Misc Utensils / Bakeware
- Icing bag + Large round tip, to pipe batter into pan
- Plastic bag + Toothpick, to pipe Pusheen’s face
- Mini Donut Cake Pan. I used the Wilton Mini Donut Pan.
If you’re using your own cake recipe, skip to step 2.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the wet stuff first (Butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, Cream of Coconut). Whip it up until it is fluffy. Next, add the dry stuff (flour, baking powder). Mix until everything is evenly distributed.
Grease your mini donut pan, pour your batter into a pastry bag, and pipe the batter into your pan. In the first picture, I filled the cavities way too much. Do NOT fill them like that. The second picture shows the proper amount of batter you want in each cavity.
Bake! It only takes about 8 minutes for these to be done. Watch them carefully! Mine pictured below are slightly overdone, I should have taken them out a minute sooner.
After the donuts are cool, we add the ears! If you bought whole almonds, this part is a lot of work. Each almond should make 4 Pusheen ears. Take a whole almond and slice it in half along the seam, vertically. Then, cut it in half horizontally. Each of those pieces are an ear. If you bought sliced almonds, you don’t have to this part – just sift through your bag for pieces that look like good ears. I tried to do this without slicing the almonds, but it doesn’t work well. The donuts are just too tiny.
One you have your ear pieces, gently push them into the donut. It helped me to put my finger in the middle to push against.
Time to make the chocolate for Pusheen’s body! Melt about 10oz of your white melting chocolate and add black dye until you get the desired Pusheen-y gray.
Carefully dip your Pusheens into the chocolate, face down. Coat as much as you can without getting it all over your fingers.
During this step, the following problems might occur. Do not panic! I already did this part, so I can tell you how to get past all of these problems. In the first picture, if your chocolate has wrinkles: Gently shake your donut to make the chocolate even. In the second picture, if the hole of your donut is covered: gently blow on the center.
Next, it’s time to make Pusheen’s pink donuts. Melt about 5oz of chocolate and dye it pink. Then dip the Cheerios the same way you dipped the Pusheens, and immediately toss sprinkles on top of them before the chocolate is dry.
Next, it’s time to pipe the faces onto the Pusheens. Melt the remaining 5oz of chocolate to and dye it to a very dark gray color. If you have leftover gray from Pusheen’s body, it’s easy to use that as a base – but save a tiny amount for step 8. I recommend using a dark gray instead of black because less black dye means less chance your chocolatey Pusheens will turn your tongue black when you eat them.
Using a toothpick, poke a hole in the corner of a tiny plastic bag to use as a piping bag. Fill the bag with your dark gray chocolate and you’re ready to start piping. You need to pipe the following shapes:
- Eyes, nose, and mouth
- Three lines across the head, between the ears
- Three legs: one arm and two feet
In the last step, we give Pusheen her donuts! Add a blob of gray chocolate (Pusheen’s body color) to the space where Pusheen is missing an arm. Quickly press down a donut to “glue” it to your Pusheen.
And we’re done! Now you have tons of tiny Pusheen donuts who are holding tiny donuts. Here are some bonus pictures of the adorable finished product.
Extra Batter or Decorations?
I had a lot of extra batter and chocolate, so I had some fun!