Baking Whiskers: Crafting a Cat-Shaped Loaf of Bread

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Bakers and cat lovers, unite! If you’re looking to combine your passion for baking with your love for felines, this cat-shaped loaf of bread is the perfect project for you. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a loaf that’s as adorable as it is delicious.


  • Your preferred bread dough recipe (enough for one loaf)
  • Chocolate chips or raisins for the eyes
  • Extra dough for the facial features


  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Sharp knife or dough scraper
  • Pastry brush


  1. Prepare Your Dough: Follow your favorite bread recipe to prepare the dough. After the first rise, punch it down to remove air bubbles.
  2. Shape the Base: Divide the dough into portions – one large for the head, two smaller pieces for the ears, and smaller portions for the facial features. Shape the large piece into an oval for the head.
  3. Add Facial Features:
  • For the ears, form two triangles and attach them to the top of the head.
  • Roll small pieces of dough into ropes for the whiskers, a triangle for the nose, and small balls for the cheeks and chin.
  1. Assemble the Cat’s Face:
  • Position the whiskers, nose, cheeks, and chin on the face. Use the chocolate chips or raisins to create the eyes.
  • With the sharp knife or dough scraper, make gentle indents to outline the mouth.
  1. Final Rise: Allow the shaped dough to go through a second rise, which will give the bread its fluffy texture.
  2. Bake: Preheat your oven to the temperature specified in your recipe. Transfer the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped.
  3. Cool and Serve: Let the bread cool on a wire rack before slicing. Dust with a bit of flour for a whimsical touch before serving.

Baking Tips:

  • Be gentle when shaping the dough to maintain the airiness.
  • If the dough starts to resist while shaping, let it rest for a few minutes to relax the gluten.
  • Keep an eye on the bread as it bakes, as the ears might bake faster than the rest of the loaf.

This cat-shaped loaf of bread is sure to bring smiles at breakfast, lunch, or any time of day. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just getting started, this project is a delightful way to sharpen your skills and create a paws-itively delicious treat.

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Lee Harris

I'm a Brit living in the sunny Canary Islands with my beautiful wife and my wonderful black cat called Coco. I love to blog, build businesses, look after my body, and enjoy nature...

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