My friend Kim has a daughter who was graduating from high school a few months ago, and so she asked me to make her a graduation cake. Since her daughter likes Hello Kitty, we decided that I would make a Hello Kitty cake! I had all these ideas in my head - she wanted a strawberry cake, so I envisioned a pink cake similar to this one
, with a black graduation cap on Hello Kitty, and some sort of cute piping on the sides of the cake. But a few days before the cake was due, my friend told me that her daughter LOVED my Hello Kitty cake with silver dragees
, and wanted a cake like that one! So I reluctantly dropped my brainstorm ideas, and set out to make a strawberry mousse cake instead.
Before making this cake, I had yet to find a good from-scratch strawberry cake recipe. In the past I've made Martha Stewart
's strawberry cupcakes
, which I love, but when I had tried it in cake form
instead it was always too dense and moist. So after a few online searches, I decided to try this recipe
, from I Made That!
, as it had great reviews and sounded delicious. Plus, it used strawberry puree to give the cake a pink color, no food coloring necessary! But when the cake came out of the oven, I was disappointed by the color of the cake - it was kind of a gray-brown color, and didn't look very appetizing (although it did taste great!).
So then I made a second strawberry cake, using this recipe
from Confections of a Foodie Bride
. This recipe used cooked strawberry puree to give the batter a more vibrant color. This time when it came out of the oven, it was definitely more of a pink color, although still not as pink as I'd like it. But it had a great strawberry flavor, so I would definitely use this recipe again (although next time I might add just a drop or two of color!). By now it was the middle of the night, so after the cake cooled, I wrapped it up in saran wrap, and placed it in the fridge for the next day.
When I was ready to assemble the cake the next day, I used my Hello Kitty sushi pan mold (which I've used several times for Hello Kitty tiramisu
, Hello Kitty triple chocolate mousse cake
, etc.) to cut out my Hello Kitty shape, and then placed it at the bottom of my mold. For the middle layer, I made a strawberry mousse from my new copy of "Sprinkle Bakes
" by Heather Baird
, poured it into the mold over the cake layer, and smoothed it out with an offset spatula.
For the top layer, I made a white chocolate mousse from my "America's Test Kitchen
" book (the same white chocolate mousse on the top of my triple chocolate mousse cakes
), then poured and smoothed that over my strawberry mousse layer.
Then I piped a congratulations message on the cake round (since I didn't want to pipe it on Hello Kitty's face!), using melted chocolate.
And then it was time to remove the mold. I had lined the mold with parchment paper, which made it super easy to unmold the cake!
To finish it off, I added silver dragees to form Hello Kitty's eyes, nose, whiskers, and bow. And then I was done!
Congratulations Claudia! Hope you had a wonderful graduation!