How to make Hello Kitty Cupcakes

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My two year old has recently fell in love with “Hello Kitty”. If she is to spot her randomly about, a sudden squeal of high pitched enthusiasm erupts from her pint sized self, as she points and repeatably squeaks…..”Kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty.”

 Needless to say she likes Hello Kitty, and why wouldn’t she?

Her character is so simplified and charming that it is so appealing to little girls, like mine. So I thought I would surprise her by making her some cupcakes with a picture of Hello Kitty on top! They were a complete hit, she loved them!!!

For those of you that wish to make them as well, you can follow along with how I made them….

This is what you will need:

These sugar toppers were actually very easy to make and I made them in an afternoon; so even if you don’t have a lot of experience working with royal icing, you could still make these with no problems 🙂
To make any of the templates I use to create these traceable sugar toppers, I use a free program from Serif called Page Plus, it’s a great little graphics program to knock around with and it’s relatively easy to use.  I found and downloaded a image of Hello Kitty through a Google image search, and using the Page Plus program I centered it in a circle a bit larger than 2 1/2 inches in diameter. (2.69 inched to be exact.)

If your not so graphic savvy you can print the templates from here  Full Head Kitty  and Blue Dress Kitty. I typically print out a few more than I need, this helps with practicing and for the inevitable mistakes that “I” always make.

Cover them in wax paper, and tape them to the wax paper so they will not move as you trace them.

 Now you can make your royal icing. For these I used a Wilton recipe, which can be found {HERE} After you have finished making your icing, it’s time to start adding some color to it! In 4-5 separate bowls mix your colors!

Black will take A LOT of gel coloring, red a little less and the blue and yellow take very little. Start small and add if you need to. If you add to much coloring just add some of the un-tinted icing back into the mix to lighten it. If you have it handy you can tint the already white royal icing with the white tint….it does make a difference.

The consistencies of the icing should be as follows:

Black: Piping consistency (Think Toothpaste)

Red: Flood Consistency (Think Honey)

Blue: Flood Consistency

Yellow: Piping Consistency

White: Flood Consistency

 After you’ve tinted your icing, fill your decorating bags. You can cap off the ends with a coupler and some saran wrap until you are ready to use each color.With your black icing and tip #1 start outlining Kitty’s face.
Switching to tip # 1.5 and outline the small details inside her bow. (You can use #1 tip for all of this if you choose)

Still using the black Icing, switch to a #2 tip and trace the outer circle of each topper. Take your time!

When you are done, let them dry for 30-45 minutes…The longer the better! When they are dry you can begin filling in the bows. With a #1 or a 1.5 tip on your red icing , flood the inner parts of the bows.

When all the bows are finished, switch to the blue icing (if you are doing the Kitty in the blue dress) and with a #1 or #1.5 tip fill in her dress. As soon as you fill all the dresses, switch to the white icing with a #1.5 tip and add in the polka dots while the blue is still wet, work quickly, they will meld into the blue a bit, but still remain raised

With all the little details done, you can put them aside for about 15 minutes or so before you start flooding the remainder with white. When you are ready put a #1 tip on your white and begin flooding around kitty’s face and her hands and feet (paws).

 Do the inside of her face LAST!
When you are finished filling the face, switch to the yellow and a #1 tip and pipe the nose onto Kitty’s face. Just a small squeeze, to make a small dot.
 Let the toppers dry completely, preferably overnight, before you peel them off.
This is what they will look like! Hello Kitty with her signature blue dress….
And the full sized head Hello Kitty, such a wonderful way to dress up a cupcake!
Now you are ready to put your cupcakes together! Yippee!  Fill a bowl with some multicolored confetti sprinkles and set it to the side. Fill a decorating bag with vanilla frosting (or whatever flavor you choose.) I use a #1M tip for this, but you can use whatever large tip you prefer. Start frosting a ring around the outer edge of your cupcakes. It should look like this when you are finished.
 
Now dip the cupcake into the confetti sprinkles and gently roll it, coating the entire edge.
Finally, place the topper on top of the cupcake and gently press down.  Try to use equal pressure so as to not to break the topper, as they are very delicate!  Voila...your finished Hello Kitty Cupcakes! Now pat yourself on the back, job well done!

These cupcakes can be stored in the fridge for a day or two without the royal icing toppers breaking down.You can also make these topper well in advance, just store them in an airtight container, until you are ready to use them.

I hope this was informative enough. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or to just let me know you were here!

Most of all though….enjoy and happy cupcaking!

 

 

 

Please note that this cupcake tutorial is meant only for personal and not commercial use!!

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How to Make Monster High Cupcakes

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have been getting a few inquiries on the Monster High Cupcakes I had made, so I thought I would share with you all how I made them. I’ve also recently made varied versions of the different character skullettes into cookies which you can read  about {HERE} and I also made a skullette cake pop which you can read about {HERE}.

But if your not into the whole bake and create it yourself thing, you can print out these fabulous free Monster High Cupcake wrappers I designed from {HERE}and fun drink and goodie bag labels from {HERE} 

Be forewarned this post is a bit lengthy, but covers all the basics to make them. But if you find that you need any help, please just ask 🙂

 This is what you will need….

  • Cupcakes…duh
  • 4-5 decorating bags
  • 3-4 couplers
  • Skull template (I can help you with this)
  • Wax Paper
  • Royal Icing
  • Pink, red & black GEL food coloring
  • Pink sprinkles
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Decorating tip # 1, 2 and 1M
  • Thin tipped food paintbrush (or toothpicks)
  • Time and Patience

Any supplies needed to make these cupcakes are available {HERE} 

Before you start anything; baking, mixing etc. You will need a template to work from. You can create one yourself or just or you can print a copy from here ——> Skull & Bow Template. 

If you want to be really brave you can try and make these in a miniature version by printing a copy of this miniature version from here ————>Miniature Skull & Bow Template

But if your not that savvy please shoot me an email at mightydelighty(at)gmail(dot)com and I will  gladly help you.

I found and downloaded a image of the skullette using Google image search. With a free graphics program I use from Serif (Page Plus) I centered it in a circle a bit larger than 2 1/2 inches in diameter, (2.69 inches to be exact.) then copy and pasted the image onto the page 5 times , printing out the final version.

Cover the front of the template with wax paper (don’t use parchment paper)  and tape it to the printout so it won’t move when you begin outlining them with the Royal Icing. I tend make as many as I may need to trace out, plus extra in case I mess up on a few.

When that is done, make your Royal Icing.  If you are not familiar with a Royal icing recipe and need a good one, you can find the recipe I use here, it’s from the amazing and awesome blog, The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle. It’s almost impossible not to get lost on her site for hours just browsing through all her magical and colorful cookies! (If your not making a lot of toppers just cut her recipe in half.) 

For 24 toppers I use about 3/4 cup of white, less than 3/4 cup of black and less than a 1/4 cup of pink.

When you begin tinting the black, keep in mind that it is going to take a lot of gel color to get it black.  Pink takes a bit as well, but will darken if you add in a little red as well. The white can be enhanced to be even more white by using a white icing tint, but it is not necessary. Royal icing hardens and dries as it is exposed to air, so cover each mixed color with a wet paper towel to prevent this.

Just a side note: Royal Icing darkens as it sits, so if you get it close to the color you wish…leave it alone for a bit and it will darken up!

After you’ve tinted your icing, fill your decorating bags. You can cap off the ends with a coupler and some saran wrap until you are ready to use each color. (Even though that is NOT what I did in this picture.)

The consistency of the black icing should be soft but not runny, I like it a bit softer, but everyone has their own preference. White and pink should be of flooding consistency, think warm honey. If you need help with consistencies of the Royal Icing, please again check out This Post from The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle, she has so many great tutorials that can help you with this.

Once you’ve got the consistency down, get ready to start making the toppers. With your black icing and tip #2 start outlining the shape of the skull and the outer part of the bow.

Next fill in the eyes and nose. Do not worry about the eyelashes for now!

With the black icing, switch to a #1 tip and fill in the inner bow details.

Switch back to a #2 tip and start outlining the circle around each skull.

When your done, they should look like this…so cute 🙂

Now walk away for about an hour, to let them set and dry. (The longer they sit, the better they are.) If the black hasn’t fully dried, it may leach color back into the white flood color. This is usually a good time to clean up the mess made from making the royal icing and/or  to start baking your cupcakes if you haven’t already.

If your going to take the time to make these awesome little cupcake toppers, please pick out an equally awesome cupcake wrapper…it will make a difference. I love the Reynolds Stay Brite Baking cups, because they look exactly the way they do before baking!

Now that your cupcakes are made, and cooling, let’s get back to the toppers! With a #1 tip on your pink icing, fill in the bows.

When they are all finished, put a #1 tip on your white icing to flood and the inner part of the skull.

Be careful when you work or you will do what I did…oooops!

After all the skulls have been flooded with the white icing, begin flooding the outer part of the topper with the white icing, still using tip#1. (A larger tip can be used, I prefer the smaller one)

I usually like to let them set overnight to really make sure they are dry, but a few hours will suffice if that is all you have. When making them, I usually make a couple of dummy ones, that you can use to test how dry they are. When they are fully dry you can peel them from the wax paper.

Now this is when the eyelashes are applied. In a little bowl add a small blob of the black icing. With your food  paintbrush, gently add on the eyelashes. You may wa’tn to practice on a piece of paper before you begin, to get the feel of it. If you don’t have a paintbrush, you can use a toothpick.

Now lets, start putting all the pieces together. Fill a bowl with some pink sprinkles and set it to the side. Fill a decorating bag with vanilla frosting or whatever flavor you choose. I use a 1M tip for this, but you can use whatever tip you prefer. Start frosting a ring around the outer edge of your cupcakes.

It will resemble this when you are done.

I sometimes add in a bit of chocolate frosting to the middle for an extra treat,  but it is not necessary to fill the middle.  Now dip the cupcake into the pink sprinkles and gently turn it, coating the entire edge.

Finally, place the topper on top of the cupcake and gently press down, try to use equal pressure so as to not to break the topper, as they are very delicate!

Voila...your finished Monster High Cupcakes! Now pat yourself on the back, job well done!

These cupcakes can be stored in the fridge for a day or two without the royal icing toppers breaking down.

If you need ANY help, please feel free to comment below or email me, I am always happy to answer any questions you may have!!!

Most of all though….enjoy!

 

 

 

 

          
***Many of the supplies, plus more can be purchased {HERE….at my shop) to help spice up any Monster High Theme Party!

 

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Monster High Birthday Cupakes

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I love all the different cartoon characters available to kids these days; I mean I had some great characters growing up,  but today they just seems so much more vibrant 🙂

Which leads me to the next cupcake project I created as of late.

I just started experimenting with royal icing, truth be told what I know about it is limited to what I picked up from my Mother and what I find on the internet…..But the possibilities seem unlimited for it’s creative uses.

Hence the creative birth of these Monster High Birthday sugar toppers of this skullette to adorn the top of the cupcakes.

If you would like to make them yourself, you can find the tutoriaHERE.

Or if you would like to make a cookie version of he different character Skullettes, you can find the tutorial {HERE}

The only other toppers I made using Royal icing, where made for the Darth  cupcakes I made a few weeks back.

But I can see that as I get more familiar with this particular medium I will be using it more and more in the near future.

I made a mixture of chocolate and yellow cupcakes, all with a ring of vanilla frosting rolled in hot pink sprinkles.  Skulls with bows…who would of ever thought that would be cute!!

Enjoy!!!

 


Darth Cupcakes

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Star Wars is sort of a big deal in my house.

Well, I believe it’s a big deal in a lot of people homes, almost everyone I know can identify with one character or another on some level. I tend to go for the Hans Solo type..outsider, rule breaker, the one that doesn’t so what has everyone else says her must….and he still succeeds.

But I digress, a friend had asked me to make these for her nephew, who happens to be a big, big, BIG fan of Star Wars and a bigger an of Darth Vader.

I can never turn down a kid with a love of Star Wars, so I created these Cupcakes for his birthday…

They were super difficult to do, in that he is ummmmm, all black. So at the very least it was a challenge of sorts to figure out how to make an accurate representation of him, in other shades besides black.

It’s a standard yellow cupcake with dark chocolate frosting, dusted in black sanding sugar….Think deep dark space, stars, warp speed, battles between good and evil 🙂

On the top of each cupcake is a sugar topper that I made using royal icing.

I think overall they came out pretty good, given more time I believe I could have made them even better…but I’m sure I’ll get another shot at them, being that my own nephew is a HUGE fan as well!

So who is YOUR favorite character…please feel free to share!!

And may the force be with you on this hot summer Sunday!!!

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