I made this cute Hello Kitty cake for little Regine’s 1st birthday celebrations. First-year birthdays are very special for both the children and their parents and it was such a pleasure for me to be able to be part of these important celebrations with my cakes.
And this particular cake was quite special as Regine’s mum, Janice used to work in the same office as me and when she asked me to make a cake for her daughter, I was totally delighted.
Hello Kitty Cake
The cake design was provided by Janice and as usual, I tried to trace back to the original designer of the cake and found it to be from Ginas Cakes.
And off course it is not exactly the same as in the link above as I have made slight modifications based on Janice’s request.
Overall, it was a fun cake to make. It was quite tricky to make sure the dual colors on each tier were combined in a straight line and right in the middle of the cake. Even the Hello Kitty fondant topper was double-sided to match the cake tiers.
How to Make a Hello Kitty Cake
Main supplies for this cake:
- Cake – this was a 3 tier cake, measuring 6 inches, 9 inches, and 12 inches. Each tier was 4 inches high. I used my butter pound cake recipe for the cake.
- Buttercream – I used buttercream to fill the cake layers as well as to crumb coat it.
- Fondant – I used Satin Ice for the entire cake including the Hello Kitty Topper.
- Satin Ice gum paste – I used very little gum paste on the cake, and that was for the lettering.
- CMC powder – I added CMC powder to fondant when making the Hello Kitty topper.
- Fondant modelling tools – these were for making the Hello Kitty topper.
- Round plunger cutters – I used the plunger cutter set for the white polka dots on the cake, as well as for Kitty’s ribbon centers, eyes and nose.
- Alphabet cutters – I used FMM block letter cutter for all the lettering on the cake.
- Sugar craft knife
- Pizza cutter wheel
- Hello Kitty cookie cutters
- Oval plunger cutters – this was to cut out Kitty’s bow.
- Toothpick – to create the frills on Hello Kitty’s dress
- Shortening and fondant glue.
Assembling the cake:
Hello Kitty cake topper
- I started by making the Hello Kitty topper first. The topper was made using fondant. I added CMC powder to it so that the fondant would dry quicker and firmer. Kitty was shaped by hand and it was 2 sided. I used a toothpick to make the frills on the dress and attached the entire dress to her with shortening. Next, I made the eyes, nose, and whiskers by hand. I attached these parts to the face using glue. The Kitty had 2 pairs of legs, one pair on each side.
- I let it sit and harden until the rest of the cake was ready. Here was how the topper looked sideways on both sides.
Preparing the cake
- As for the cake, once baked and cooled, I leveled, filled and crumb coated it with buttercream. And then I covered with fondant. Before the covering, I marked a line on the cakes right at the midpoint. This was to guide me in making sure the yellow and pink covering on each tier is balanced and of the same size on both sides.
- I started with pink and then added the yellow. And then, at the joints, I used very light fondant glue to attach them together.
Hello Kitty Cake
The Yellow Side of the Hello Kitty Cake
Hello Kitty face decoration on the sides of the cake
- After that, I added the Hello Kitty face fondant cuts on the sides of the cake. The cutouts were in 3 different sizes, with the largest on the bottom tier and the smaller on the topmost tier. I had a set of Hello Kitty cookie cutters and they were perfect to make the cutouts. But I only had them in 2 sizes and so had to manually cut the smallest Hello Kitty faces for the top tier. The eyes, nose, and whiskers, on the other hand, were shaped by hand. I attached these with shortening. Finally, the bow on Kitty was cut out using my teardrop plunger cutter and round plunger cutter. I attached these to Kitty with shortening too.
- I added all the features first before attached the Hello Kitty cutouts on the sides of the cake.
The pink side of the Hello Kitty Cake
The white polka dots
- Next were the white polka dots. These were also in 3 different sizes, starting with the largest on the bottom tier and smallest on the top tier. I cut these using my round plunger cutter set and attached them to the cake with shortening.
The name cubes
- Finally, were the fondant cubes on both sides of the cake. The cubes were cut out of fondant, and I must admit, it was not easy to get the edges to be sharp. The cubes were in 4 different colors – pink, deep pink, yellow, and orange. I had the birthday message and Regine’s name on these blocks.
- The lettering were cut out of thinly rolled gum paste. I used my FMM block letters cutter for the letters. And I attached the letters to the cubes using shortening. The cubes, on the other hand, were attached to the cake with fondant glue.
Hello Kitty Cake
Adding the cake topper
- The Hello Kitty topper was the finishing touch for the cake. I attached this little cutie to the cake with fondant glue.
And that’s that. Hello Kitty Cake for Regine’s first birthday.
Hope you enjoyed this sharing. Happy Decorating 🙂