A very pink birthday/ part 2 – Hello Kitty mission
Global financial crisis and all, birthday party at school is a great solution to celebrate low budget – all the best friends are already there, you know the party will be short and there won’t be any adults to feed
I’ve told you my kiddo is this pink girlie patch, so of course her favorite character has to be… Hello Kitty, who else? No complaints, cause I can’t resist the cuteness, either.
Her school asks the parents to bring simple cakes, without fillings or too much frosting. I chose the anthill pink cupcakes, then – the cake is moist and flavorful by itself.
For the Kitty toppers, I baked some sugar cookies (recipe here) and covered with store bought rolled fondant. I “glued” the fondant with a thin layer of corn syrup, brushed on the cookies. Use the same cookie cutter to cut the cookie dough and the fondant. You can cover the cookies with royal icing as well, letting it dry for 12 to 24 hours. If you don’t have a HK cookie cutter, please check this fabulous tutorial here.
I draw the kitten face with food coloring pens, after let the fondant sit for a few hours and cut some little flowers to the “hair”.
The rest of the menu: sfihas, cheese rolls and mini vegetable pastries. For drinks, apple juice.
But the real fun was the favor making. I made round stickers in the Photoshop using this font, and labeled chinese food boxes.
Inside the box:
- a little princess tiara
- mini soap bubble kit
- Hello Kitty Stickers
- a bag of pink mini meringues (homemade, and I made other label to seal the bags)
- a bigger HK cookie
- a little bag of heart chocolate candy
I don’t know if you are aware of this essential info, but here in Brazil it’s not a real birthday party without brigadeiros – a chocolate fudgy candy ball, rolled in chocolate jimmies. They are cute and delicious, but very very sweet, so we make them in very small size (maybe one-teaspoon portions).
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 tbsp butter
Mix all ingredients in a nonstick pan. Cook over medium fire, always stirring, until it boils. Reduce to low and cook, still stirring, until the mixture thickens and starts to pull from the sides and bottom of the pan (about 8 to 10 minutes).
Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.
With your hands lightly greased with butter, form small balls and roll in chocolate jimmies. Arrange the candies in small paper liners. I put one little heart quinn in each brigadeiro, for girlie purposes.