For my niece's first birthday I decided to make her a Hello Kitty Birthday Cake after I got the idea online. I've never worked with fondant or carving cakes before. I wanted to be sure I could make it before the day of her birthday party. My first attempt was not horrible but I knew I could do better with the fondant than I did.
Baking and carving: I baked two 9x13 boxed mix cakes and froze each for about an hour. After I took them out of the freezer, I used super whipped icing from the grocery to frost the top of one of the cakes. I gently placed the second cake on top to prepare for the carving. I found a picture of Hello Kitty on the internet and stretched it out to make it the size I wanted the cake. Using the cut out placed on top of the cake I carved the shape of hello kitty?s head.
Fondant and details: First attempt: I purchased the fondant in a box at the craft store; it was a bit tricky to work with as it was my first time around. I used a simple wooden rolling pin than left dents in the fondant and caused it to be thinner in some areas than in others. When I placed the fondant on her head, the fondant ripped in some areas which I tried to fix with water and virtually ruined the fondant.
Second attempt: I found a $7 rolling pin with handles that was much easier to use. I measured the sides of the cake and used the cut out paper face as a guideline. Placing the fondant on the cake was much easier and it came out very smooth- I did not frost the top of her face before I laid the fondant. The details of her face like the bow, eyes, nose, whiskers, and flowers were all tediously handmade. I printed out a couple copies of her face and used a sheet protector to create the placement, size, and shape of her bow, nose, and eyes. Coloring the fondant was really simple, I found color paste at the craft store in pink and black and I used common food color to dye some fondant blue, green, and yellow for her nose and some flowers.
The flowers were cut out with a cookie cutter type tool that I found at the craft store and glued together using a dab of water. The whiskers were cut out and dried over night to gain firmness and were glued to her face with a bit of butter cream icing. I wanted the cake to look somewhat professional so I bought a 12 inch box and 12 inch round cake holders at the craft store.
All in all the cake came out really nice and I had a lot of fun making it. I can?t wait to make more creations using fondant.