This Hello Kitty birthday cake was baked in a 12" square cake pan. After removing the cake from the pan, I placed it in the freezer for an hour or so to firm it up temporarily for easy sculpting.
I found a picture online of Hello Kitty and enlarged it to 12" wide. It didn't all print on one page, so I taped the sections of the photo together and then cut it out. I secured this template to the cake with a few toothpicks to hold it in place as I cut around the outline. I then applied a crumb coat and after allowing it to crust, I relaid the template and put toothpicks through it into the cake to mark the location of the eyes and nose.
Working around the toothpicks, I then frosted with buttercream, allowed it to crust and smoothed it out. Black jelly beans were used for the eyes and a yellow one for the nose. The bow is made of red gumdrops rolled out in granulated sugar and formed into a bow.
The whiskers are made of black licorice. I couldn't find the pull-apart smooth stringy kind I wanted so I had to use the textured kind, which worked out better and I would recommend because it was stiffer than the stringy licorice is. I cut them lengthwise into thirds, discarding the center piece and turning the end pieces rounded side up.
I hope this information will help anyone who wishes to make a Hello Kitty cake, but if you have any questions I can help you with, please leave a comment and I will assist you as best I can.
This Hello Kitty birthday cake was made for my friend's 21st birthday. I really didn't think it was going to turn out this good but I guess it did!
I started off with a regular pan sized cake about 9" by 13" and I let it cool overnight. After I had cut out the shape of Hello Kitty's face. I used a this template for her face. http://style.pwblogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/hello-kitty-color.gif. I just enlarged it a bit.
I pinned down the template on the cake with toothpicks while I was cutting it so it would stay still.
I then made butter cream frosting for the crumb coat. (I would recommend using a butter cream recipe from foodnetwork.com ). I applied that and let it cool.
While it was cooling I homemade marshmallow fondant. I dyed some of it black (for the eyes and whiskers), yellow ( for the nose), and pink ( for the bow ). I hand sculpted everything.
Then, I applied vanilla frosting to the cake. I put some water in the frosting to make it smooth and while I was applying the frosting I dipped the knife in hot water often to give it a smooth texture. I applied everything else.
FOR THE FLOWERS: (that's optional). I put the flowers there because I didn't want to put the candles on the cake, so I placed the candles in the middle of the flowers. It turned out great! ps. flowers were made from my left over fondant!