Hello Kitty fans, you’re going to love this Hello Kitty cake recipe! When a friend requested I make a birthday cake for her daughter’s Hello Kitty-themed party, I jumped on the opportunity. Apparently, it was gone in seconds!
I used a Hello Kitty cake pan and filled it with a pink and white marble cake. There are strawberry bits inside, too. Once it’s baked, I used a star-shaped piping tip and covered the cake with buttercream! I had to keep looking at photos to make sure I was piping Hello Kitty’s eyes and nose in the right places. I really didn’t want to risk turning it into what could’ve been a creepy-looking cat. Thankfully, it turned out alright – phew!
All in all, this recipe was a really fun one to make. Although there’s a lot of buttercream to pipe, I hope you enjoy making it as much as you enjoy eating it! Remember, patience is a virtue. It will all be so worth it when you see people’s reactions to this adorable cake.
If you want to see more similar recipes, be sure to check out my Hello Kitty ice cream cake recipe, Hello Kitty hot chocolate, and Hello Kitty ice cream sandwich recipe!
Time to make this Hello Kitty cake! Let’s start with the ingredients for the cake batter:
- Cake flour – Cake flour is the best flour, as it makes the cake soft and light.
- Baking powder and baking soda – To help the cake rise.
- Skim milk powder – This makes the cake taste milky and adds some moisture too.
- Unsalted butter – At room temperature
- Eggs – We will need whole eggs and also additional egg whites.
- Buttermilk – Store-bought buttermilk works fine for this recipe! They are usually placed next to the milk products section at the supermarket.
- Vanilla extract – The secret to that sweetness in cakes that we all love.
- Salt – Just a little bit of salt to balance out the sweetness.
- Fresh strawberries – Remove the stems and chop the strawberries into small bits.
To make the buttercream, you will need:
- Unsalted butter – At room temperature
- Vanilla extract
- Confectioner’s sugar – This is the best type of sugar for making icing, frosting, and creams.
- Pink, yellow, and black food coloring – We’ll need a very small amount to make the eyes, nose, and bow on the Hello Kitty cake.
How to Make a Hello Kitty Cake
- Prepare the cake ingredients – Sift the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and skim milk powder into a bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk and vanilla extract. Set both bowls aside.
- Whip the cake batter – In a large bowl, whip the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until it turns pale and fluffy. Then, add the eggs and egg whites one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk mixture. Mix gently after each addition.
- Dye the cake batter – Divide the mixture into 2 bowls. Dye one bowl pink. Divide the diced strawberries between the two bowls and fold.
- Bake the cake – Place dollops of both batters into a greased Hello Kitty cake pan. Bake at 350F for 1 hour or until fully cooked. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, remove the cake from the pan and place it on the wire rack to cool completely.
- Make the buttercream – Beat the butter with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add the confectioner’s sugar 1 cup at a time, then beat for 3-5 minutes, until fluffy.
- Dye some buttercream pink, yellow, and black. Leave a large amount of buttercream white. Scoop the buttercream into piping bags fitted with star-shaped piping tips and decorate the cake! Enjoy!
- To check if your cake is fully baked, do a toothpick test. Stick a toothpick into the center of the cake and remove it. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is cooked. If there are lumps of batter or cake on it, that means it needs more time.
- If you aren’t able to use black food dye, you can also use black jelly beans. They taste yummy, have a fun texture, and kids love them!
How to Store Leftover Hello Kitty Cake
Place any leftover Hello Kitty birthday cake in a cake stand or in a large container. You can keep it at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days. I like to keep it cold, especially during the hotter days when I know the buttercream will melt otherwise!
Hello Kitty Cake Recipe
- 2 1/3 cup cake flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp skim milk powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 large egg whites
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups fresh strawberries finely chopped
- pink food colouring
- buttercream recipe here
- pink, yellow and black food colouring
- Sift the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and skim milk powder into a bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk and vanilla extract. Set both bowls aside.
- In a large bowl, whip the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Then add the eggs and egg whites one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk mixture (flour>buttermilk>flour>buttermilk>flour), gently mixing after each addition. Divide the mixture into 2 bowls and dye one bowl pink. Divide the diced strawberries between the two bowls and mix until just combined.
- Place dollops of both batters into a greased Hello Kitty cake pan. Bake at 350F for 1 hour or until fully cooked. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and place directly on the wire rack to cool completely.
- Dye some buttercream pink, yellow and black and leave the remaining large amount of buttercream white. Place the buttercream into piping bags fitted with star-shaped piping tips and decorate the cake! Enjoy!