So I went ahead and baked two 8" rounds, a 4" round, and two cupcakes to make the mama cat. I sliced the cupcakes in half and used them as the kitty's cheeks and cut two triangles out of the 4" round for her ears. I filled and frosted the main cake then placed the cupcake cheeks on top. Then, using lollipop sticks I secured the ears. I used star tip 16 and iced the cheeks with white stars. Then using the grass tip, I frosted the rest of her face and ears. Boy was that fun! I need to find more excuses to use that grass tip... Her inner ears, nose, tongue and eyes were made from melted chocolate. Whiskers were royal icing.
Anyway, I'm really happy with the outcome! Now I want to make cat cakes for everyone!! :)