The weeks running up to her birthday are well and truly party season, as lots of her friends in very quick succession, so by the time hers came along, she was well versed in birthday parties!
We were walking home in the buggy one day and chatting about her birthday party, discussing the fact that we were going to be having a BBQ. "Sausages" she said. "Too hot. Cooling down. Blow on it" I confirmed that there would be sausages, and one of the unfortunate drawbacks of BBQing them (or indeed cooking them any other way) was that for a little while at least they would be too hot. "And cake" she continued. "Having cake". I said there probably would be cake too. "My having Kitty pirate cake" she added. "Pardon?!" I replied (although possibly it came out more like "WHAAAT!?!?" "My having Kitty pirate cake" she repeated very clearly and deliberately. A little more discussion revealed that was indeed exactly what she meant. Hello Kitty pirate cake.
|Hello Kitty Pirate says Miaowarrgh!|
So Kitty pirate cake it was. Goodness knows how she came around to imagining that concept... but given that she had, my job was to create it in cake!
|2 layers vanilla sponge and 2 tinted with beetroot, with 'islands' on top|
|I used coloured writing icing to give some jelly fruit stars faces|
Now on to Kitty herself. I used some ready coloured Renshaw fondant, and a soft toy for inspiration. I did all the modelling for Kitty (in fact pretty much for the whole cake) using just a butter knife and a cocktail stick.
|Head - check! Onto the body...|
|Waves or sharks?|
|Palm trees in the making|
|Assembled save the palm trees, which I left off until we arrived.|
|Kitty on her island complete with cutlass.|
|Birdseye view - or perhaps from the crowsnest!|
|A moment of pre-cake contemplation|
|Blowing out the candles|
|Kitty's work is done!|