by Sharon Wee

Happy New Year! Although we are only a week into 2016 it feels like I am running full steam ahead. I’m not quite sure how it happened… one moment I was relaxing, enjoying Christmas and ringing in the new year and the next moment, the universe just decided that I had enough rest and it was time for everything to start moving again!

I finished off last year with one of my favourite cakes and with what I think is just the cutest Hello Kitty styled party ever!

I was actually not planning on doing any more cakes once I returned from my Singapore and Malaysia teaching trip but when the opportunity to do a 3D Hello Kitty cake came up, I seriously could not say no. And when I got sent the invite I got even more excited…

Invite, styling and photo by Paper Playground.
Invite, styling and photo by Paper Playground.

OMG… look at all the pretty pinks and cuteness… and to top it off it was an ice cream themed party!!

A couple of years ago, I took a class with Mike McCarey from Mike’s Amazing Cakes and one of the most important things he taught me (that I now use for every 3D cake I do) is to create life sized templates and use that as a basis for planning, measuring out the structure and carving the cake.

If you want to learn more about using templates and planning out structures, you can check out Mike's Craftsy class here.
If you want to learn more about using templates and planning out structures, you can check out Mike’s Craftsy class here.

From here once you have the template, it makes it much easier to create the structure because you now basically have a plan and measurements to work with.

At this stage, it kind of looks weird and out of proportion but because I followed my template I know I am on the right track! The platform is a few pieces of foam core put together.
At this stage, it kind of looks weird and out of proportion but because I followed my template I know I am on the right track! The platform is a few pieces of foam core put together.

Everything gets sealed with a layer of floral tape and cling wrap and then its time to get all the cake on there. By far the most challenging part was building the cake around the bottom portion. But by carving following the shape of the template and a little bit of squeezing, it all worked out.

I think if I were to do this again I will make the body out of modelling chocolate since there really is not much cake down there.
I think if I were to do this again I will make the body out of modelling chocolate since there really is not much cake down there.

One of the things I have learnt from experience is to carve the cake smaller than what you need it to be. If you think it’s just right, it probably needs a little more shaving. Because once the layer of ganache and fondant goes on it, it will ‘gain’ a little extra weight. 🙂

Kitty gets her ears!
Kitty gets her ears!
And a coat of ganache...
And a coat of ganache…

For 3D cakes, I usually spend a little extra time to make sure the ganache is applied on evenly and smoothed out. It makes a world of difference if you spend an extra 10-15 mins doing this. Note that I don’t mean for you to spend hours and hours… because to be honest, you also need to know when to stop and walk away!

Once the cake is fully covered in ganache you’ll get a better idea of the shape and what needs to be fixed. Sometimes when you can still see the cake layers and boards, it can mess with your head.

Kitty gets covered. I usually leave the ganached cake to set overnight so that is it firm and easier to work with.
Kitty gets covered. I usually leave the ganached cake to set overnight so that is it firm and easier to work with.
She also gets some clothes :)
She also gets some clothes and the small edges are made easier with my trusty Sugar Shapers. They are available from Innovative Sugar works and if you use the code ‘WEELOVEBAKING’ when you check out you will get a 10% discount!
A party is not a party without a party hat :) Acatate is used underneath to create the shape and then it was covered with fondant.
A party is not a party without a party hat 🙂 Acetate is used underneath to create the shape and then it was covered with fondant.
She looks like she is holding the ice cream but it is actually attached to her foot! Shhhh!
She looks like she is holding the ice cream but it is actually attached to her foot! Shhhh!
I just wanted to hug her!!
I just wanted to hug her!!

And wait until you see the party she gets to attend… Astrid from Paper Playground did an absolutely beautiful job styling the party and dessert table. Tahlia is one lucky little girl!

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Styling and Image by Paper Playground

Everything was so pretty that I wanted to just stay and bask in all the cute and pretty things. Seriously, I think this was the prettiest party I have ever delivered to!

How pretty is the drink station? Photo by Paper Playground.
How pretty is the drink station? Photo by Paper Playground.
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Photo by Paper Playground.
Do you not want to just squeal at the cuteness of it all?! Photo by Paper Playground.
Do you not want to just squeal at the cuteness of it all?! Photo by Paper Playground.
Look at all the accessories that went with the party!
Look at all the accessories that went with the party! By Paper Playground.
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These are macarons! Seriously! Photo by Paper Playground.

I am beyond excited that I got to be a part of this party next to some really amazing suppliers and it was an amazing way to end 2015.

Supplier Details (courtesy of Paper Playground)
Design & Styling | Bespoke Paperie | Custom chocolate bars | Paper Playground
Marquee & Candy Cart Barny & Moo
Cake Stands & Pedestals Pretty Pedestals
Hello Kitty 3D cake Sharon Wee Creations
Hello Kitty Character Macarons Le Sucre Du Patisserie
Cake pops & mini cupcakes La Petite Pops
Strawberry cheesecake trifle with freeze dried raspberries Sugar High Desserts
Hello Kitty character cookies Sugar Bee Cakes
Artisanal cotton candy Fluffegram
Flower cookies bouquet Spoon and Fork
Hello Kitty character donuts eliseaki
Chocolate gems Bake Down Cakery

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12 Comments on Hello Kitty and 2016!

  1. Kim Soogar
    January 29, 2016 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Amazing Cake! Love this theme =)

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  2. ify
    January 31, 2016 at 5:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, lovely tutorial. Thanks so much.

    Reply
  3. Toni
    February 1, 2016 at 8:52 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Sharon, fantastic tutorial thank you. I just love her. One question……what did you use to hold her head? Are they different sized masonite boards?

    Reply
    • Sharon Wee
      February 2, 2016 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Toni, it is a few thick pieces of foam core cut and glued together.

      Reply
  4. Marina
    February 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Muy Buenas las explicaciones Grss

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  5. Jamila
    February 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm (1 year ago)

    Outstanding tutorial. I love your blog Sharon!

    Thank you

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    • Sharon Wee
      February 27, 2016 at 6:23 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Jamila 🙂

      Reply
  6. Sarah
    April 1, 2016 at 6:56 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Sharon, this cake is amazing!!

    Please could you let me know what cake you use for this design?

    Thanks 😃

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    • Sharon Wee
      April 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Sarah, are you asking about the recipe? It is chocolate mud cake, we have a cake recipe calculator that includes a recipe you can use 🙂

      Reply
  7. Olivia
    April 18, 2016 at 9:30 am (1 year ago)

    Love it! What size cake did you start with for the head? Thank you!

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    • Sharon Wee
      April 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Olivia! Her head was an 8 inch square cake 🙂

      Reply
  8. elizabeth
    June 24, 2016 at 6:20 am (1 year ago)

    i love this.kudos ur creations r exceptional.i hope to reach ur level someday

    Reply

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