How to Make a Rat-Shaped Novelty Cake
Make a Remy the Rat Cake
Everyone has heard of the Walt Disney Pixar film Ratatouille staring Remy, a rat who dreams of becoming a chef. Well, this is the cake that became a rat! This is the best ever birthday or celebration cake. Well, the best ever rat birthday or Halloween cake. Why? It is a quick, easy, no-bake, cheap cake that raises an instant laugh. It can't go wrong, tastes better on the second day, and lasts quite a long time. This is the perfect novelty!
Children love it, and if you're not keen on the rat, why not make a fat cat cake for the fat cats in your life? (Perfect for the boss?)
How Remy the Rat Cake Came About
This idea came to me when I was working on a menu for food for a child's Halloween party, and in desperation, I thought back to the truffle cakes of my childhood. I suddenly realised that those cakes were made from all the left-overs of the day and reproduced for sale on the morrow. I used to love them. They are also perfect for making shapes. You have cake-clay in essence. Malleable when warm but will set fairly firmly in the fridge. I made mine very speedily, and it was the prototype, but you could take a little more care and come up with something even more life-like. You could really go to town on presentation. You could make lots of lovely flowers from fruits, sweets, marzipan and icing. You could create a 'dustbin' from cake and icing. Let your imagination run riot. I'll perhaps go to town a little more next year.
Ingredients for Your Rat Cake
- Plain, cheap, ready made cake from supermarket or you can use up your own left over cake
- Marzipan (not in picture because dog ate the last bit!)
- Dark cooking chocolate (I used one slab of chocolate and most of this cake)
- A little milk
- Pink marzipan for tail and ears
- Green or white marzipan or something else to make eyes; cake baubles, little sweets etc
- Flavouring: Rum, brandy, whisky or amaretto flavouring or the real thing for adults, for the kids, orange or almond. Anything you like really!
- Brown or black food colouring or red, yellow and blue colouring mixed together
- Chocolate vermicelli
You will also need
- Whiskers. I used bristles from a new washing up brush but if you can think of edible ones, that would be better
- A fine paint brush to paint the tail
How to Make This Cake
- Melt the chocolate and milk, add the cake.
- Mix together.
- Keep adding cake until the mixture looks as if you could shape it.
- Add flavourings or spirits.
- Let it cool until you can mould it with your hands.
- Form into a rat shape pointed at front and wider at the haunches.
- Cover with chocolate vermicelli.
And that is all there is to this bit! Simple.
Make the Rat's Tail, Ears, and Eyes
- Tail: Make the tail by rolling a ball of pink marzipan into a ball, then, using three fingers, roll it backwards and forwards until you have a thin 'sausage.' Roll it more on one end so that it tapers to a point. Use your brown or black food colouring, or mix a brown with red, blue and yellow, or red and green colour. Make a hole in the back of your rat and insert the tail.
- Eyes: For the eyes, again use pink marzipan, roll it into a little ball, then with thumb and forefinger pinch one side of the ball into an ear shape and curl it round at the base forming a little 'peg' at the bottom. Make a hole where the ear is going to go and then poke the peg into the hole. I used white or green marzipan for the eyes, but only because I couldn't find anything better. You might be able to find little sweets or cake decorations that would look better.
- Whiskers: For the whiskers I cut six bristles off a new washing up brush, but perhaps you have some better ideas for this too. Edible whiskers would be ideal as I was worried that someone would get a nylon whisker stuck in their throat! Do leave a message in the box below if you can think of anything.
Get the Kids to Help
Here is a twelve year old boy making this cake, and it took him about ten minutes after I gave him the basic mix. How easy is that?