The Hello Kitty Cake

R will be turning 7 this thursday, as usual, we had the whole family over. This year, R requested for a home made cake. We made her fondant cakes for her 2nd and 3rd birthdays, but ever since C came along we’ve not had the time or energy to make another. I was going for a simple white cake with a quilt pattern covered with light blue flowers, since her favourite color is now blue. But then we came across a very “simple” but beautiful Hello Kitty cake on youtube, and instantly we were hooked. We changed our plans and that meant a few last minute trips to Phoon Huat and B-I-Y for additional fondant, coloring and a larger cake board.

If you google Hello Kitty fondant cakes, you get lots of results. But some of them are really ugly. We realized that the success of the nice looking ones lies in the fact that they look exactly like the original hello kitty, whereas the failed ones just looks long. Eyes too big, whiskers too long, nose too low, and the list goes on. So first we printed a template off the internet, and resized it so it fit the width of a 10″ cake pan. Next we baked 2 cakes (3 actually, but one fell apart because SG eggs are way too little and generate insufficient egg white needed to keep the cake intact). One  10″ cake and a smaller one for the ears.

I then traced the pattern onto greaseproof paper (for baking, so it’s safe to come into contact with the cake), then cut out the shape of the head, the ears and the bow. I placed the cut out shapes over the cake and cut along the lines, then placed the pieces together with buttercream. At the same time I had to make sure that the ears are in the right place. Keep checking against the template!

While I was shaping the cake and spreading buttercream to set the shape, DH was busy coloring and shaping the nitty gritty details that will be going on the cake.

 

Cool huh? He’s really good with play-doh so fondant is easy peasy lemon squeezy for him.

While the cake was in the fridge waiting for the buttercream layer to set, I covered the cake board and prepared the white fondant.

Covered cake, smoothed out with a cake smoother, added the details, covered seams with leftover fondant rolled into balls, covered sides of cake board with a ribbon… and here is the result

 

No photoshop involved in the photos above. The guests to the party can attest to the fact that the cake was really smooth ;)

When you don’t buy a cake from a store, you have to buy your own candles, found squiggly ones from Wilton which added to the fun. And the balls doubled up as candle holders because I forgot about getting those ;)

I hope that before the next birthday comes around, C decides to be obsessed with something alot easier than Minnie Mouse. That will be a tough one to make!

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3 Comments

  • August 14, 2011 - 11:58 am | Permalink

    My 2 cents is that the cake must be faithful to the original. We tried in the past strawberry cakes, etc, but if you don’t use a template you will always find the character disproportionate and lacking the character of the original.

  • August 14, 2011 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Also, i strongly recommend Wilton’s fondant (Ready-to-Roll). The last time we made a cake, we used Phoon Huat’s generic fondant. It was not only dry, stiff and hard to mould, but tended to crack up by the next day and when it is left out, will ‘sweat’ and get glossy… Wilton’s fondant keeps a really silky matt finish and is much easier to smooth over to get a perfect finish!

  • October 13, 2012 - 1:53 pm | Permalink

    So cute and beautiful! Very nice work!

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