Hello Kitty Japanese Strawberry Shortcake
My favorite type of cake is the Japanese spongecake. Combine that with Hello Kitty for a Japanese themed birthday and Japanese Strawberry Shortcake (Japan's spongecake) topped with Hello Kitty, but this time wearing a Japanese summertime Kimono, or Yukata.
Autumn, a budding artist, enjoys drawing Japanese anime characters. She has even created her own manga comic book with its own storyline. She has a passion for learning Japanese, singing & dancing to Japanese songs, drawing Japanese characters, and of course love for Hello Kitty. So when her mother asked me for some ideas for Autumn's birthday party, I mentioned, "What about Japanese themed party?" I could teach the girls how to make rolled sushi. When asked to make her birthday cake, I knew I had to incorporate Hello Kitty wearing a Japanese Yukata to Autumn's request for a lightly sweetened cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
Each of the 8 & 10 inch tiers had triple layers of cake and were filled with fresh strawberries & lightly sweetened whipped cream. The largest strawberries were reserved for the exterior decorations & the smaller strawberries were cut up for the filling. I ended up using 4 lbs. of strawberries for the filling as well as to surround each tier & for the top tier around Hello Kitty! I wrote "お誕生日おめでとう”(Happy Birthday in Japanese), with her character for her name, 秋, on a pink fondant placard. And of course "Happy 13th Autumn" in English for the guests!