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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Hello Kitty Cupcakes


How cute are these?!  You are probably thinking I made them for a little girl’s birthday party, but these were actually a coworker request.  Colleague birthdays provide the perfect opportunity for me to have fun baking, try new recipes and share sweet treats with others.  Nearly all the time, they choose a favorite cake/frosting flavor but this time my coworker mentioned that she is a huge fan of Hello Kitty and asked if I could incorporate that into a cupcake.  Sure, why not?!  She did request a chocolate cupcake as the base, so I started brainstorming and went to work.


I used my favorite chocolate cupcake (just the cake portion of the chocolate whiskey cupcakes).  These are my favorite based on flavor and texture, but incidentally they were especially perfect for this purpose because they bake up with flat tops.  I used pink-tinted vanilla buttercream to frost the cupcakes.  Then I used homemade fondant to make the kitty shapes.  Since I couldn’t find a good Hello Kitty cookie cutter anywhere (and it probably wouldn’t have been the right size anyway), I just found a picture via Google, sketched it out on a piece of card stock, and traced around it with a very sharp knife to make the fondant shapes.  You could, of course, just print an image and use that as a template, but we don’t have a (functioning) printer at home.  Finally, I used black and pink royal icing to do the detailing of the eyes, noses, whiskers and bows.  These would be so much fun to make for any little kid who loves Hello Kitty, and would also be a great project to work on together!

  • http://www.blueeyedbakers.com The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    Adorable! We wish our coworkers birthdays were this fun! They look perfect!

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Oh my goodness these are adorable!!

  • http://limecake.net LimeCake

    I’m not a fan of Hello Kitty but these are adorable! Great project indeed!

  • HB

    Tooooo cute! Perfect as always!

  • http://latabledenana.blogspot.com/ Monique

    One day i want to make these..You have a beautiful blog..You are so talented..Lovely..Everything.

  • Kathy

    Annie,

    Cupcakes look great! What kind of pink coloring did you use? I have a problem with coloring, I always get a metallic taste in the icing when trying to get the correct coloring…especially with pink.

  • Annie

    I use Wilton gel colors. Typically red coloring is what can give frosting a bad taste, but they make “no taste” red which solves the problem.

  • Jeannie

    These cupcakes are so adorable, I am sure your colleague is very happy with them, I know I would be!

  • http://thekitchwitch.com TheKitchenWitch

    Those are incredibly impressive. My girls would go nuts for them!

  • http://mrsregueiro.blogspot.com Krystal R.

    Ohhhh, these are so freaking adorable and pink! You’re such an awesome coworker, you might be contributing to the increase in productivity after someone enjoys one of your treats!!! Totally cute.

  • http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com vanillasugar

    how cute indeed.
    reading & seeing these i so need to brush up on my decorating skills. these are just fabulous.

  • http://www.myfindsonline.com/ Amanda

    Oh how adorable, love them!

  • http://theregoesthecupcake Kelly

    Those are adorable!

  • http://mannadonn.blogspot.com Maranda

    These are so cute! Great job!!! I know tons of adults who love Hello Kitty!

  • http://www.dessertfortwo.com DessertForTwo

    These are so stinkin’ cute! I love Hello Kitty! So many memories! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Melissa

    Thank you for always sharing your amazing projects with us! You always inspire me to cook/bake!

  • http://Ibleedpnk.blogspot.com Erica B,.

    Oh I LOVE these!!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    These are amazing! They may even be better than those Star Wars cookies and I was pretty obsessed with those, lol.

  • http://www.munchkinmunchies.blogspot.com Sue

    So cute! Your colleague must have been thrilled!

  • http://preventionrd.wordpress.com Nicole

    TOO cute! I loved Hello Kitty as a little girl.

  • http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com Chicago Cuisine Critique

    So cute! Great job. :)

  • http://uneirresistibleenvie.blogspot.com/ Melanie

    Too cute !!

  • Kris

    A little unrelated to the current post (which is incredibly adorable) but I wanted to let you know that your blog plaid a major role in the menu for my sons 1st birthday party. I’m using your triple chocolate cupcakes, vanilla bean cupcakes, Swiss meringue frosting, and cranberry pecan chicken salad. Parties tomorrow and I’m so excited! I think it goes without saying, but I love your posts.

  • http://theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com the blissful baker

    these are soooo cute! :)

  • Katie

    I think these would be adorable for a girl baby shower!

  • http://www.domesticsuccess.com wendy {domestic success}

    Those are too cute! I also had trouble with that bad taste – until I started using chocolate for color. So for blue or red – I make plain frosting, then add a bit of chocolate powder to darken it up, then add the wilton gel for the rest of the color…..as opposed to trying to use coloring from the start….

  • http://www.vintagechichome.blogspot.com Sarah.J

    Love these!!! They make me want to throw a Hello Kitty party!

  • http://trattoriadamartina.blogspot.com/ martina

    They are so nice!!!

  • http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    You are so incredibly talented, Annie! I’m sure your co-workers were just over-the-moon for these. I wonder how busy you must be baking if or when multiple co-workers have birthdays in the same month!

  • Liz N

    Hello Kitty is a favorite in our household! My daughter’s room is HK themed! These are so, so cute Annie!

  • Annie

    Georgia,
    October is what I call “birthday month” with SEVEN birthdays! (Last year it was eight, so this is slightly better I guess.) It does get busy but I make it work!

  • http://maplencornbread.blogspot.com/ Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread

    These are SO cute!!!!!!!!!! Great job!

  • http://yumsiliciousbakes.blogspot.com Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

    You sure have some lucky co-workers. Adorable work :)

  • http://apinchofthisandadashofthat.blogspot.com CaSaundra

    Ahhh so so very cute–you did a fabulous job on these!

  • http://sweetebakes.blogspot.com Evan @swEEts

    How funny! My coworker asked for a Hello Kitty cake for her birthday as well! I love being able to share baked goods at the office.. great way to try new things and then get them out of the house :)

  • Clarissa

    Now my girls want me to make them!! I will have to sacrifice ; )

  • http://whattastyfood.blogspot.com Kelsey

    Could you post a blog on homemade fondant??

  • http://www.whathefork.blogspot.com Erin R.

    Oh my goodness I have a little girl (and big momma’) at my house that would just go wild about these!!! Too cute!!

  • http://www.bakeat350.blogspot.com bridget {bake at 350}

    So, so cute! Your co-worked must have been in heaven!

  • Annie

    I have one actually, and meant to link to it in this post. It’s called “Fun With Fondant” if you search for it.

  • http://www.lindseyskitchen.com Lindsey

    How cute Annie!! You are very talented!

  • http://thepastrykook.blogspot.com hannah {thepastrykook}

    these look too good to be eaten! haha

  • Kristen

    As a huge Hello Kitty fan myself… I have to say those cupcakes turned out amazing!!! You are soooo talented and your co-worker is lucky!

  • Annie

    oh my goodness! i just discovered your blog! love!! my name is annie too and i LOVE to bake also! i saw your hello kitty cupcakes and fell in love! i am a huge fan of hello kitty!! I also have a pumpkin problem! i adore starbucks pumpkin spice lattes and enjoy any type of pumpkin dessert! so crazy!!!

  • http://www.chileanflavor.blogspot.com Mohana

    Amazing as always!! Way to go, Girl! You’re so gifted!

  • ange

    Amazing, that is just so adorable!!