After what seemed like a way too brief summer hiatus, Love and Lunch is back for the 2015-16 school year. We finished summer with Lil Fest 2015: a performance of Pinocchio in which Lily played Hickory the Cricket, the annual epic Academy of Dance recital, and my sweet Lily’s 7th birthday. This year, Lily requested a Hello Kitty cake like she had seen on her favorite cooking show: Nerdy Nummies.
I ran out to Michael’s and got this adorable Helly Kitty cake pan. Big brother Iain insisted on a cake mix, because, according to him: “boxed cake mix is best.” I died a little inside when he said that after all my years of making gorgeous cakes from scratch. Oh well. Who am I to argue? Cake mix does make a nice light cake with a perfect crumb. And, it’s easy.
Take a look at that cute cake! I was afraid to decorate it.
I’m not going lie, rolling out that big sheet of white fondant was stressful. The kids wanted to help and they kept rolling and rolling and rolling. When we tried to lift it off the waxed paper, it was totally stuck. No matter. I folded it in half and began again. This time I worked it like pie crust: fast and furious, lifting the edges and continually sprinkling a little powdered sugar underneath the fondant to make sure it wasn’t sticking to the waxed paper. I carefully rolled it around the rolling pin and slowly unrolled it onto the cake. Worked like a charm. For the decorations, I used red fondant for the bow (using the cake pan as a stencil like Ro shows in her video), yellow fondant for the nose (using the pan again), black licorice sliced in half for the whiskers, and a dark chocolate power berry (those delicious little gummy filled dark chocolate balls) cut in half for the eyes. I was absolutely dying of pleasure when I finished it. It’s so adorable. Unfortunately, fondant tastes terrible, so the cake was not the tastiest. But kids don’t care.