Hello Kitty Birthday Cake

A friend of mine asked me to make a birthday cake for her daughter’s birthday party.  A purple Hello Kitty cake was requested.  I went to the Bulk Barn, and found that they had the cake pan that I needed for rent (don’t worry, I’ll show you what to do if you can’t find one!), and they also had them for sale at Michael’s.

Cake Pan

These cake pans will hold any regular cake mix that would make a two-layer cake, or one box of cake mix.  The recipe that I used will be at the end of the post.  It’s very important to use a non-stick coating on these pans.  I used Pam for baking, so it already has flour in it, but you can also grease the pan with butter and then add flour.

Cake

Now, if you don’t have access to one of these pans, it’s pretty easy to make it yourself.  Make the cake in a 9″x13″ pan, and then cut around the sides to get the same shape face (don’t forget the ears and bow!).

Cake

For the tray, I used a large piece of cardboard, wrapped in aluminum foil.  Pretty easy!

Cake Tray

I then frosted the cake according to what the pan suggested, but next time, I’ll do all the white first, and then the rest of the cake.  In case you were wondering, I did add a little of the Wilton white-white colouring to make the white even brighter.

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And there it is!  However, I wasn’t done yet…

Sugar Cookies

I wanted to add a little something extra, so I made a batch of sugar cookies.  Actually, a half batch.  I had purchased a set of alphabet cookie cutters from Super Store last summer for $5, and hadn’t used them yet.  I made some ‘Katie’ cookies for the birthday girl, ‘David’ for my boy, some for hubs, and some hugs and kisses for me.

Hello Kitty Birthday Cake

I hope the birthday girl likes it!  Here’s the recipes that I used:

White Cake

  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together.  Add in the vanilla, and the eggs, one at a time.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk, beating well.  Add the remaining and mix again.
  4. Pour into a greased and floured 9″x13″ pan, or one of the molds
  5. Bake at 350° for at least 35 mins, but it make take up to 40.  Cake it ready when a cake tester comes out clean.

You can find the next recipe for icing at Wilton.com.  It’s an easy buttercream to make, dyes easily, and tastes like marshmallows.

Wilton Buttercream Icing

  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  1. Cream together the margarine and the shortening.  Add in the vanilla.
  2. Slowly beat in the sugar, about 1 cup at a time.  When all of the sugar has been added, it will appear dry.
  3. Add the milk and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. You can store this in a sealed container for up to two weeks.  Make sure to rewhip before using.

The original recipe called for clear vanilla extract, which I don’t have.  I used my regular vanilla, and then added some white-white colouring to make the white brighter.  For this cake, you’ll want to tint about 1 tablespoons yellow, and about 1/2 cup purple (or red if you want to do the original Hello Kitty).  I didn’t tint any black, instead I bought a tube of the ready to use black icing.  The last time I make black it turned purply/grey, and I wanted black this time.  If you want to use black, tint about 1/4 cup of your frosting black.  The rest you keep white for your kitty’s face.

I hope you enjoyed this, and I hope Katie enjoys her cake!

Happy 2nd Birthday (Cake!)

The little guy will be turning two on Wednesday.  Today is the day of his party.  Here’s how I made his birthday cake:

Using an old family recipe for chocolate cake, I made a cake in my half-sheet pan.  This chocolate cake recipe is my grandmother’s, and everyone has it on their birthday.

I mixed up some frosting using Martha Stewart’s Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe.

I divided the frosting, and tinted the first part green, and then started to spread it on the cake.

I used a tooth pick to etch out where I wanted my ‘2’ to be.

I should mention that at this point, the dog was already outside.

The reason being for what she did to his baptism cake a year and a half ago.

She was definitely not the taste tester I had in mind.  Anyway, back to the cake.  I spread black frosting in between my ‘2’ lines, and topped with car gummies that I had found at the bulk barn.

Happy second birthday!

Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1 1/2c flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c cocoa
  • 2/3 c oil
  • 1 c sour milk (put 1T of vinegar in a measuring cup, and fill with milk until you reach 1c)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients together.  Put in a pan and back at 350° for 35-40min.

**Note** I doubled this recipe for my half-sheet pan.  I also reduced the temp to 325°, and baked for 25 minutes.  The above directions are for a tube pan.

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the case for my cake:

It’s an under-the-bed storage container that hubs found at Home Hardware.  It fits this size of cake perfectly!