My niece Mandy was turning one and my sister just didn't have time to make a cake with her busy life style. When she told me she was going to buy a Hello Kitty cake for her birthday, I offered to just do it for her.
Without a Hello Kitty pan and without fondant, I thought this task may fail, but I found an old Elmo pan I had used for my daughter one year and it had the same oval shape as Hello Kitty. So I tried it, and it worked! I simply cut the eyeballs off the Elmo cake, cut them into kitty ear shapes, and used frosting to glue them to the cake. After frosting the entire cake, I used a star tip to cover the top of the cake in one last layer of white frosting, giving it a cleaner look.
I used a black tube of frosting with a writing tip to make the eyes and I used black licorice for the whiskers. I used a yellow frosting tube with a writing tip to create the nose and then traced the entire cake with the yellow to help it stand out from the pan.
For the bow, I used one of my daughter's stretchy hair bands and placed her flower clip in the middle to make it look like a bow. Even though my niece was only turning one, the cake lit her little face up. To my absolute pleasure, she loved the cake.
My daughter Olivia wanted a Hello Kitty cake for her 6th birthday. However, there are not any Hello Kitty cake pans for sale in the US market (they can be purchased online from Hong Kong) so I had to make my own design.
My daughter had made a Hello Kitty doll at Build-A-Bear so I traced its' head onto a piece of waxed paper, then cut the design out. I placed the design on a 9x13" cake and carefully cut around it. I then made a white buttercream icing and used a Wilton star tip in size 21 and covered the entire cake with white stars.
Next, I traced the bow and covered it with dark pink stars using a size 17 star tip. The final part of the cake that I iced was the light pink heart on the bow and I used a size 17 star tip.
The final steps to complete the cake included placing 2 large black jelly bean "eyes" on the cake, adding a small yellow jelly bean "nose" and adding the six black licorice whiskers. (The jelly beans and licorice laces were purchased in the bulk candy isle at Wegmans grocery store).
I have a great 12x16" cake pan that I use for all of my kids' birthday cakes. To make the Hello Kitty cake, we printed out a picture from the web and enlarged it so it was 11.5" high. We cut it out and traced it onto chocolate cake (from a box) with a knife to get the shape.
We did a thin crumb coat first with homemade cream cheese icing (this seals the crumbs inside so they don't mix in with the icing later), then put it in the fridge to chill. After 30 mins, we iced the entire thing. We used red and blue gel food coloring to make the pink for the bow, and then a tube of Wilton Black Decorating Icing from the grocery store to line the bow and draw the eyes.
The nose is a gummy peach, and the whiskers are pretzel sticks covered with icing. It came out even better than I'd hoped, and everyone was surprised to find out we made it ourselves!