My friend Helen has a friend Alysa who asked me to make a Hello Kitty cake for a bridal shower she was planning. I had made the same cake for my daughter's first birthday, as well as a piggy cake using the same cake pan.
This time I made two layers of Ina Garten's chocolate cake, and a strawberry whipped cream to go in between to two layers. I've made whipped cream filling to go inside of chiffon cake in the past, but never for a more dense cake like this chocolate cake. I had seen a recipe somewhere for stabilized whipped cream, which had dissolved gelatin added to it, so I thought I would try that to keep the whipped cream firm. But when I tried it out, the whipped cream came out soft and gummy - perhaps I added the dissolved gelatin too soon? So I ended up making a second batch of my regular strawberry whipped cream - hopefully it held up!
After filling and stacking the two layers, I did a crumb coat of cream cheese frosting. Then I piped the eyes, nose, bow, and whiskers. And finally I filled in the entire face with a star tip.
When Alysa came to pick up the cake, we both thought each other looked familiar - and after talking a bit, it turned out that we went to the same high school! What a small world!