It's never a good idea for me to free hand Hello Kitty. I'm sure there are some other people that can do it, but I, for one, cannot do it for the life of me. She always looks warped, or the eyes and nose are in the wrong place and it ends up just looking blah...
So for this order for Hello Kitty Baby Shower Favors, I ended up printing out a template, cutting it out, and airbrushing around it, to get the shape of the head. Then I outlined them with black, and filled them in with white. I made the bows previously, so i can place them on top of the white icing before it had a chance to dry -- once dried, it sticks! After the whole cookie dried for a day, I went in and drew in the eyes, nose and whiskers with black icing. I used the template again to make sure everything was spaced correctly!
February seems to be the month of birthdays, or maybe because it's also my birthday that i notice it more when there are birthdays around the same time. On my birthday, I was working on a Hello Kitty cake for one of my 3 year old clients :) Pink and awesome Hello Kitty Cake. It was my first time trying out a frozen buttercream transfer. It's actually pretty amazing! here is the before and after:
can you believe it? now i know i can do whatever character i want! i need to remember two things: don't work with buttercream straight out of the fridge, i might get carpal tunnel! and Depending on the design, i wouldn't need to do the extra outline. It would keep the transfer thinner, and look better. The lettering didn't have the outline, it was straight turned over onto the cake. I really like that way of doing lettering!
like i said, it was a weekend of birthdays... i had so much pink frosting left over, i made another cake - it was an experiment cake - chocolate cake with orange liqueur and cardamom... it was actually quite good, and one of my friends said it was her favorite cake so far! I was very excited to hear it!
one thing about experimenting with cakes is that you can't just make half a cake to try things out - thank goodness for very willing guinea pigs!