My friend Hsing asked me to make a Hello Kitty cake for her friend's daughter's birthday. Since I had made pink strawberry Hello Kitty cupcakes for Hsing's birthday a few months ago, I immediately wanted to make the same pink frosting for this cake! So I decided on a chocolate layer cake with fresh strawberry buttercream.
After the crumb-coating, I piped a basketweave design along the sides, and then piped a decorative rope border around the top.
Then I piped Hello Kitty in white buttercream, with a red bow and nose.
Right before Hsing came to pick up the cake, I realized that I had forgotten to pipe Hello Kitty's whiskers! Oops! I pointed it out to her, and she said she wouldn't have noticed had I not said anything, so hopefully no one else noticed either!