The Trials of Making Hello Kitty Cupcakes

I thought I’d be the cool mom for my two year old’s birthday party and make Hello Kitty cupcakes. I was a little intimidated by all the great pictures on Pinterest, but decided I could do it myself. I couldn’t find any directions to go with the pictures, so I thought the easy way might just be the best way for me to try my hand with decorating.

I will disclose that the original cupcakes did not taste the way they should and I used up all my Hello Kitty cupcake papers, but I’ll show you a picture. It was a cute decorating package. I picked it up at Target for $5.99. I ended up throwing all the finished cupcakes away and started over.

Hello Kitty Cupcake Kit

For the second try here’s what I did. I bought Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix and a can of Pillsbury Vanilla frosting. Easy-Peasy. I had white cupcake papers and multi-colored sprinkles in the pantry, so we used those.

I mixed up the Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix, following the directions on the box. Since the first batch (of another brand) didn’t turn out right, I made sure I followed all the directions. How hard is it to mess up store-bought cake mix? Anyway, moving on. While the cupcakes were in the oven, I had hubby start working on making the Vanilla frosting pink. He used lots of red food coloring to get it just the right shade of pink for Hello Kitty. Here are some pictures.

When the cupcakes came out of the oven we let them sit and cool for a while. My son was so excited about helping that he wanted to decorate as soon as they came out, but we were able to stall for a little while.

I put the frosting in a large food storage baggy and snipped a tiny corner off so that I could use it to pipe frosting on the cupcakes. I’ve never tried this before, so I really didn’t know what I was doing. I crossed my fingers and held my breath. I used swirls from the inside of the cupcake to the outside. It seemed to work pretty well.

Here’s how the first step of decorating turned out.

Hello Kitty Cupcakes 1

Next, my little helper came and worked with me. My son and husband added the sprinkles. My three year old was so excited to help make cupcakes for his little sister.

Hello Kitty Cupcakes 2Hello Kitty Cupcakes 3

Then we added Hello Kitty rings that I purchased from bakery4lucy on eBay.

Hello Kitty Cupcakes 4

Now they looked pretty, but did they taste good?  Let’s check with the birthday girl.

Birthday Girl

They were a success and everyone enjoyed them. Yeah! I’m so excited that maybe by the time my son’s fourth birthday rolls around, I may make some Curious George cupcakes from scratch. Please don’t hold me to that. I hope that this could encourage you to make some cupcakes for your little one, because if I can do it, surely you can too.

Much love. xo

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