The realm of video game character cakes is usually left to pre-pre-teens and creepy basement dwellers, but my best friend is neither. For those of you unfamiliar with my surrogate sister…
She sports an eye patch from time to time. For her twentieth birthday I got the amazing idea to make a Kirby cake! Despite being an adorable, extremely Japanese video game character, and filled with ice cream… it was a surprisingly sophisticated dark chocolate cake with white chocolate frosting. If any of you brave souls would like to attempt a repeat of my undeniable awesomeness, here’s a break down.
I started by adapting this brownie recipe. You heard correct, sir. Brownies. And when I say adapted I mean tripled, thinned out with a little milk, and added some baking powder. Tada! Dark chocolate cake.
When the batter looks something like La Brea tar, you’re on the right track.
I used two 9” rounds for Kirby’s body and a 9”x4” casserole dish for his limbs. For guaranteed easy removal, line the bottoms of your cake pans with wax paper.
I filled his body with ice cream, carved his limbs out of the rectangular cake and popped him in the freezer. My dad calls this “Ghetto Kirby.”
To give Kirby his signature color I tinted this white chocolate buttercream recipe with red food coloring. I also added a little salt and some almond extract to kill the sweetness a tad.
He’s so cute! For his eyes and the outline of his mouth I bought some of those Betty Crocker frosting bags.
Helisia loves Kirby!
OH GOD! MY SPLEEN!
And he was delicious.
A few extra tips… If you’re going to fill your cake with ice cream like I did you might want to freeze it over night before frosting. We had some problems with Kirby leaking vanilla-y goo… The frosting for his shoes was the same white chocolate buttercream, but when I added more food coloring it looked like melted lipstick. To darken it a but I added a teaspoon or two of dark cocoa powder. It made it even more chocolatey and delicious.