With an inexpensive cutter and a handful of tools, I'm going to show you how to make Easy Hello Kitty Cupcake Toppers! These are perfect for any Hello Kitty Birthday Party.
Originally posted January 2013, updated August 2022
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If you're the crafty type, or you own your own cake business, this tutorial might help you out... How to Make Easy Hello Kitty Cupcakes. These are so cute, you can skip the birthday cake and only serve cupcakes for your kitty-inspired event!
Or you can get a simple cake from a bakery and add one of these as an edible cake topper and then serve cupcakes for the party guests.
Here's a simple cake I made with a slightly larger Hello Kitty topper. The birthday girl couldn't decide on a theme so her mom had multiple paper cupcake toppers made and then focused on a fondant Hello Kitty for the simple cake. Note: I had to hand cut the cake topper; I could not find a bigger cutter.
Here are the things you'll need to make these edible cupcake toppers:
- White fondant (homemade marshmallow fondant or a store-bought variety like Satin Ice)
- Hello Kitty Cookie Cutter
- Black Food Marker
- Yellow Food Marker or a small amount of Yellow Fondant
- Pink Fondant
- Small round cutters or round piping tips
- Sugar glue and a small brush
- Ball tool (optional)
How to Make Easy Hello Kitty Cupcake Toppers
These were super simple to put together! I don't have photos for all the steps but I'm writing out the instructions and they truly are super easy to follow!
I love this cutter because it has the inside plunger that makes an impression of where the eyes, nose, whiskers, and bows go ... taking the guessing out of decorating these (yes, I'm lazy that way) and they're perfect every time!
After cutting the faces, I drew the faces on with Americolor Food markers... easy-peasy. You could also use tiny bits of fondant for the eyes, nose and whiskers, but the markers were SO easy!!
For the bows, I wanted them to really stand out, so I used pink marshmallow fondant and cut them with frosting tips. I found the round tips closest to the impressions on Hello Kitty's face and used those (Ateco #806 and Wilton #12).
Lastly, I made a tiny impression with a ball tool to finish the bow. This step could be skipped but it gives it a little more character. 🎀
I used a tiny dot of sugar glue to hold them on the faces. You could also use a tiny bit of water. After the bows were on and the faces drawn, I placed them on a cookie sheet dusted with cornstarch and let them dry overnight so they wouldn't sag when placed on the cupcakes.
These cupcakes were half chocolate and half strawberry. They were topped with pink vanilla buttercream (piped with a large Ateco star tip), then I added a few sprinkles of Wilton Spring Confetti. I used Americolor Electric Pink in the frosting.
These liners were Wilton Snappy Stripes Baking Cups. Very pretty and very matchy to the Hello Kitty theme!
Pro Tips & Tricks:
- Roll your fondant a little thicker than usual (approximately 4mm) so they will hold up well. This also makes them less flexible so they won't sag or bend on the cupcakes.
- Use cornstarch underneath the toppers when you let them dry so they won't stick to your surface.
- Place the cupcake toppers on fresh buttercream before it crusts and they'll more easily stick and stay in place.
I hope this tutorial helps you but if I missed any details, please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email!
How to Store Cupcake Toppers:
- All fondant and gum paste decorations can be kept for 12 months.
- Store in a cool, dark, dry area at room temperature (such as a kitchen cabinet or pantry).
- DO NOT store in an airtight container or the refrigerator (a cardboard box works great and keeps dust or anything from settling on them).