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A very pink birthday/ part 2 – Hello Kitty mission

12 de October de 2009

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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.

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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. 🙂


28 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 de October de 2009 18:54

    Gosh…what a beautiful post today! Lovely ideas and love those chocolate jimmies or whatever they are called! Great

  2. 12 de October de 2009 18:55

    I want to be a little girl again..So cute..everything..

    Even the tiara touch tickles me.

  3. 12 de October de 2009 19:07

    How cute and sweet!! My daughter loves pink also and loves Hello Kitty. You just gave me an idea for future parties 🙂 Great post 🙂

  4. 12 de October de 2009 19:23

    How completely adorable! You’ve just upped the pressure on all the other moms! 😉

    I’ve never heard of brigadeiros. Learned something new today!

  5. 12 de October de 2009 19:25

    so cute!
    yum! love it
    check out my baking blog and tell me what you think:


  6. 12 de October de 2009 20:34

    oh how cute! these are adorable 🙂

  7. 13 de October de 2009 2:08

    those hello kitty cupcakes are too cute! and the kids must’ve loved their favors!! so fun!

  8. gourmettraveller permalink
    14 de October de 2009 0:36

    these cakes are just precious! and the favour making sounds like a load of fun (I love crafts) – I always tell my husband i can’t wait to have kids just so i can throw them amazing kiddy parties with the best goodie bags!

  9. 14 de October de 2009 1:40

    What a cute idea. I will have to try the Brigadeiros… I’ve been to Brazil!

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      19 de October de 2009 23:36

      If you’ve ever been here, someone must have given you a brigadeiro! Let me know how they turned out!

  10. 14 de October de 2009 14:44

    OH MY GOSH. These are amazing!!! My best friend and I loved Hello Kitty when we were in high school and I’m still obsessed with the stuff. You’re insanely talented!

  11. 14 de October de 2009 17:04

    OMG, those are awesome, and you drew them perfectly. I know someone in the US who makes amazing things & decorations for her daughter’s birthday parties too, I have to find a link to what she did for her first birthday party, it was insane. You rock Mama, I’d better get to work on doing something cool for K or I’ll be in the doghouse!

  12. 16 de October de 2009 18:48

    What a fun post! All pink, feminine and delightful. and your favors, packaged in such a clever way, would charm any little girl. You are very talented!

  13. 27 de October de 2009 6:20

    These cupcakes are so pretty and girly. I was still going through my Hello Kitty phase well into highschool!

  14. Pia permalink
    1 de November de 2009 10:40

    cool hello kitty muffin .O yummii

  15. 6 de November de 2009 15:35

    This just the perfect party!

  16. Tania permalink
    28 de April de 2010 20:32

    Which HK cutter did you use? I love these cupcakes!!!

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      28 de April de 2010 20:49

      Hi, Tania! I found these in a shop here in São Paulo, but I bought really cute ones recently at a Sanrio store – maybe you can find it online.

      • tania permalink
        1 de May de 2010 3:36

        thanks!! did you post the meringues recipe?

      • tania permalink
        1 de May de 2010 3:39

        I can’t wait to try the cookies and cupcakes!!! what a great idea for the HK lover!

  17. 29 de April de 2010 18:07

    OMG. I love them. Thanks for the recipe , I just did a batch for a birthday party and they were delicious. I used your picture as inspiration. Would like to link this post to my blog if that is ok with you. I’m new to blogging

  18. 2 de August de 2010 4:02

    thank you for sharing lovely ideas

  19. Katherine permalink
    31 de January de 2011 1:05

    Love your Hello Kitty Cupcakes, how did you do her eyes ?
    Mine aren’t comming out right !!

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      1 de February de 2011 17:50

      Hi Katherine!
      For the face features I printed a template and cut out the eyes and nose. That way you can place the template over the cookie and paint inside the “holes”.

  20. 14 de September de 2012 4:21

    Would love to do thus for my future kids. =)


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