Hello Kitty. Pink. Sparkly.
Those were the instructions from my beautiful niece Elise for her 3rd birthday cake. I should probably rearrange those instructions to reflect the true enthusiasm of Elise in her birthday cake request…
Sparkly! Pink! Hello Kitty!
In an attempt to be the ultimate aunt, I added one more to the list:
Sparkly. Pink. Hello Kitty. Gum. (one of Elise’s favorites)
Who knew the most challenging mission of this cake would be to locate and acquire gumballs! Once gumballs were included as part of the mission, however, they could not be removed, as they were now an essential element in the cake completion. Fortunately, my mother and sister voluntarily enlisted in the overt gumball operation. Three stores and several phone calls later, a large box of gumballs appeared, concealed in a Dierberg’s bag, between the side door and screen door of our quaint brick bungalow. With the success of the overt gumball operation, it was time to move on to the next phase of cake completion.
Pink pearl dust, applied with a paint brush (clean, and cake-specific, of course), provided the perfect pink sparkle to make this cake Elise approved. I intended to make this cake over-the-top -sparkly with actual sparklers, but lost too much time with the overt gumball operation. Next New Year’s Eve, I plan to purchase several packs of sparklers to use throughout the year.
Confession of a *wannabe* foodie… My free hand Hello Kitty failed, so I cheated a bit by creating my own Hello Kitty stencil by printing and cutting an image I liked online.