I wish I had the talents of cake decorators! Designing cookies is one thing, but cakes are not my favorite to decorate. I love seeing all those awesome three tier cakes, topsy turvy cakes, fondant, gum paste flower, buttercream ruffles…I could go on!
For my daughter’s 5th birthday, she requested a Hello Kitty cake. The last time I made her a cake was for her first birthday.
Although the end results came out okay, I look at this cake and see lots of tears shed, many little flaws and 5 hours of work just decorating! This was one of my breaking moments that told me I wasn’t a cake decorator.
Now that Elaina’s 5th birthday was here, I wanted a cake that would feed all our guest and look cute. I went to the local wholesale store to purchase a full sheet cake. I originally wanted white frosting with chocolate cake, however, they only provided two types of cakes, white cake/white frosting or chocolate cake/chocolate frosting.
I specifically asked for them to score the cake which makes it easier to cut the cake in 48 slices evenly. But the main reason for the scoring was because of this next picture…
As you can see, the cookies fit nicely in the squares. This also allowed my daughter to put the cookies in patterns.
Last cookie down!
Now comes the letters! Here’s a little trick, when I’m designing with words, I always start from the middle and work my way out so the word is even. Elaina couldn’t understand why we were starting with “I” when her name started with an “E”.
To make sure every slice of cake gets a cookie, Elaina made a row of cookies along the sides of the cake.
Elaina & Hello Kitty!
Here’s the complete cake. The “Happy Birthday” letters are made out of fondant and dried overnight.
She was very pleased with her cake especially since she got to decorate it herself!
As give-a-ways for the kids, I made homemade playdough and found these really neat plastic containers that stacked on each other nicely. Also attached were cookie cutters I bought years back for another party that I ended up not using.
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Happy Baking Everyone!