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How To Make Your Own Hello Kitty Cake
No Special Pan Required
As a cake decorator, one of my most requested cakes is the Hello Kitty face. I've made it with either buttercream and fondant, and I've never bought a special pan to bake it in. You too can make it on your own, following these steps.
Fondant or Icing?
If you've never worked with fondant before but would like to cover your Hello Kitty cake with it, I suggest reading about it and doing a few practice cakes before you take the plunge on this cake. Fondant can be a great medium to work with, but requires some tools and a lot of practice. I find that having a small amount of fondant on hand for accents is nice, and can be a good way to start getting comfortable working with it, even if you plan to cover your cake in icing.
Time to Bake and Decorate!
- Pan Size? First, determine the number of servings you'll need. It's best to round up in case you have last minute additions to your guest list. And while not everyone eats cake at every party, I feel it's better to have leftovers than not enough. I like to use the Wilton Cake Serving Guide to figure out what size pan to use. Of course, if you only have one size (most people will at least have a 8" or 9" round cake or pie pan) you can work with that size and then have additional desserts (like cupcakes) on hand to make sure every guest has something sweet to eat.
- Bake! A professional looking cake will have tiers of at least 4" tall. And since the Hello Kitty face cake is only one tier, that should be your goal for cake height. You can accomplish this by baking two 2" high cakes. On occasion, I've had cakes rise to about 1 1/2" tall, so I compensate by making the cake three layer, instead of two. Plan for the right amount of batter, and follow the recipe of your favorite from-scratch cake recipe or handy box mix from the store. Plan to bake your cake at least 2 days before the party. One day before is fine, but if it's your first attempt at a design, you may want the extra day as a buffer. Bake, cool and wrap in plastic food wrap if you don't plan to decorate that same day.
- Prepare Your Icing Whether you make your icing from scratch or buy it at the store ready-made, you will want a white icing for the Hello Kitty face. If you plan to use fondant instead of icing, you will still need an icing base on the cake before the fondant layer. Keep in mind that any color of icing may show through white fondant, so it will be best to stick with white icing no matter what your final layer will be. Remove the cake layers from the plastic food wrap, and using a plate or cardboard cake board, put the first layer down, add your filling, top with the next layer and add filling again if you have a third layer.
- Print Out Your Template and Create the Face Google Images has a large supply of Hello Kitty faces. Find one you like and resize the picture to as close as the size of the cake you are making. Print and cut out the face and use that as a template to cut your round cake into the iconic Hello Kitty oval. Be sure to save those cake scraps for her ears! Once you have the shape of the face done, use the cake scraps to form the ears (still using the template). Once you have the shape done, use your icing to frost the entire cake, including the ears. This should be a relatively thin layer of icing to hold everything in place. Don't worry if there are crumbs, as this is normal. This layer will make the final decorating much easier. After this first coat of icing (also known as the "crumb coat") refrigerate your cake to harden the icing and set the shape.
- Cover With Icing Take the cake out of the refrigerator. Using your template and a toothpick, insert a hole from the template into the cake top where the eyes and nose will be. Remove the template, and use your toothpick to gently carve out the actual eyes and nose circles. Next, if you are doing the final coat in icing, fill an icing bag with a piping tip (can be any tip, really, even a simple round) with your white icing. Pipe the face (excluding the eyes and nose spaces) with the icing until it's completely covered, including the sides. This part can take some time and is a workout for your hand, so take your time and plan for breaks.
- Or Cover with Fondant If your final layer will be fondant, knead your fondant until soft. Roll out with a cornstarch-dusted rolling pin on a cornstarch-dusted surface until the size is large enough to cover the top and sides of your cake. Cover the cake and smooth with a fondant smoother. Using your template and a toothpick, insert a hole from the template into the cake where the eyes and nose will be.
- Add Final Details If you are using fondant for the eyes, nose and bow, roll out the appropriate colors of fondant and cut out the proper sizes. The bow can be 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional. If you decide for a 3D bow, keep in mind you will need to construct it a day or two before so it will dry properly. If you are using icing for the eyes, nose and bow, color small amounts of your white icing and using a round piping tip, outline and fill in the bow, eyes and nose. Use black fondant strips (dried) or even black licorice for the whiskers.
Black Licorice Makes Great Whiskers!
Great For Beginners
Time to Party!
Make the cake your own by adding a cute message or decorating your cake board. There are so many ways to make the Hello Kitty cake special for your occasion. You are only limited by your imagination!