Imagine, if you will, that you can make a sweet Hello Kitty cake like this one without the use of a fancy pan. Now, stop imagining, and do it! My little lady loves kitties (you might remember this post), and this treat was the “icing on the cake” for her third birthday party! Now, don’t get me wrong -character cake pans are fun, and I have decorated my fair share of them! On the flip side, though, they are some of those items that tend to pile up around the house and take up more than a reasonable amount space! This is a big part of the reason that I have gone to making the most out of basic baking pans over the last few years for birthday cakes. I think it’s working out great!
For someone who does as much baking as I do, I have a huge confession to make: this is my first fondant cake EVER! Yes, I have used little bits of store-bought fondant here and there for decoration, but this is the very first time I have made it from scratch. After trying a wonderful recipe from It’s A Cake Walk, I have no idea why I haven’t done it sooner! I love making professional-looking desserts that don’t require lots of professional tools and ingredients, so I am super-excited to share the way I created this cake with you! Follow along, and I will show you just how I made this purr-fectly easy-to-make cake!
Hello Kitty Cake
For this recipe, you will need:
Your favorite cake mix
13×9 baking pan
Fondant (I used this recipe from It’s A Cake Walk, and I highly recommend it!)
1 can of frosting or buttercream
Pink and black gel food coloring
Cake board or serving platter
Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper, leaving a little hanging over the sides to use as handles later! Mix up your cake and bake according to package directions! Let cake cool and freeze – the colder, the better!
Make fondant according to this recipe or use the store-bought stuff. Dye a little of the fondant pink and a bit black. Cover and set aside.
Grab your frozen cake from the freezer and use the parchment paper handles to move it from the pan to your cake board. Now you are ready to cut out Hello Kitty’s face!
Take your time cutting so it comes out even, then frost it (it doesn’t have to look pretty, but use more frosting than I did to balance the firmness of the fondant). Set aside.
Roll out the white fondant until thin and large enough to cover the face and sides.
Gently cover the cake and push the fondant into the creases. I used a little scrap piece of fondant to do this, and it worked great for keeping my nails from poking holes in my perfect finish!
Next, roll six whiskers, two eyes, and a nose out of the black fondant, then roll the pink fondant into a rectangle three times longer than you want your bow to end up.
Trim the edges and fold each end to the center, and put a little strip in the middle, pressing gently, as shown.
Last step: adhere your flourishes to the kitty face, using a little water to help them stick.
HOORAY! You just make a great character cake without a character pan! Woot woot! Toot your horn and share a pic on Instagram with the #celebrationbug hashtag!
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