A while ago, one of the physicians at work said to me, “I want you to make me a Hello Kitty cake!”
She is one of our fellows, which means she’s in our unit until June or July. She won’t be with us when her birthday rolls around (sad for us – since all of the nurses love her!), so I decided I would make her some treats in January . . . sort of a half birthday, if you will. 🙂
I wanted it to be a surprise, so I had one of my co-workers help me find out what dates she would be in the unit, and I nonchalantly asked what flavors of cake she liked.
The cake was white almond with strawberry filling, enveloped in vanilla buttercream and then covered in marshmallow fondant. The cake topper and details were all modeling chocolate.
Hello Kitty was sculpted out of modeling chocolate, and I made her the week before I planned to bring the cake into work. I didn’t know how long it would take, so I wanted to give myself ample time in case I ran into trouble! I found a tutorial online that was super helpful.
I also made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. At the last minute, I decided to make cupcake toppers out of modeling chocolate to look like Hello Kitty’s face. I didn’t have a cookie cutter, so I printed a Hello Kitty face that was sized appropriately to make a template. I then rolled out some modeling chocolate and cut 6 Hello Kitty faces out with my X-Acto knife. I cut bows out the same way, using pink modeling chocolate. The eyes and noses were hand sculpted, and the whiskers were made by putting black modeling chocolate through an extruder. Then I attached the details onto the face, very carefully, with some sugar glue. I may have chosen not to breathe during that part.
When it came to placing the horizontal stripes on the cake, I used the method taught in Jessica Harris’ Craftsy class. I’m telling you . . . using modeling chocolate and her methods have changed my world!
I rolled the modeling chocolate very thin, and then proceeded to cut out thin stripes, using a quilting ruler and an X-Acto knife to get straight lines. I then used her wax paper transfer method to apply them to the cake. I added a pink stripe to the top of the cake, along with a bow that I cut out using a template and the X-Acto knife.
Then it was time to put the cake together for a picture! Except that Hello Kitty chose to do a face plant, which sent her eyes and nose flying. Oops – should’ve used sugar glue to secure them the first time!
You learn something in every cake that you make . . . and so that was lesson number one. After I took enough pictures of the cake and cupcakes, it was time to transport! This is always the scary part.
I boxed the cake and cupcakes, and then placed Hello Kitty in a small tupperware. Lesson number two: place modeling chocolate pieces and figurines in some cushioning, like bubble wrap or tissue paper for transport! Had I thought of this sooner, some whiskers would’ve been saved. She arrived with missing half of her whiskers, since she bounced around in the tupperware.
I arrived to the hospital much later that I had planned . . . but I still managed to make it before our fellow had left for the day. I hauled those boxes up to our unit as quickly as I could!
My co-workers managed to keep the cake a surprise, so I smuggled it all into our break room undetected . . . she came in after I got it set up, and the look on her face was priceless! She loved it. This is the best part – making people happy!