It doesn’t matter that some Sanrio characters have been around for a long time (Hello Kitty was created in 1974 and, My Melody, 1975), they are as well-loved as they were a decade or two ago as evident from the recurring themed cafe openings and endless merchandise collabs.

So even though I’m not much of a fan, I was still excited about trying out a My Melody cake kit put together by local baking company Deco Chiffon Cakes. In celebration of Sanrio’s 60th anniversary, it’d joined hands with Sanrio Singapore to create a series of baking kits and classes featuring the brand’s most popular characters.

The kit came with a downloadable recipe, baking templates and a step-by-step tutorial video, so as someone who bakes regularly (at least once a month), I went into it thinking it would be pretty easy to do. I mean, what could go wrong, right?

Attempt #1: I set myself up for failure

The kit also included pre-weighed dry ingredients, so during my first attempt mixing the ingredients together was an easy feat.  

Attempt #1: Making Mistakes
Image: Sally Manik

However, I had major issues separating the egg yolks from the whites. It’s not something I usually struggle with and would even say it’s something I usually complete quite easily, but on this fateful day I. Just. Couldn’t. Do. It. 

The egg yolks kept spilling over and I got increasingly frustrated by the minute. I eventually watched a video tutorial on how to separate eggs using a plastic bottle and, after a few more tries, managed to get the whites from six eggs.

But it was all in vain: it was only after that I realised I didn’t have the proper chiffon pan to make the cake, so I was basically doomed to fail from the beginning.

Attempts #2 & #3: I didn’t follow instructions and my machine failed me

A week later, I was ready to try again, so I bought the ingredients and the materials needed and actually felt a tinge of confidence. But it was not meant to be.

The first challenge I had was with the food dye. The recipe had asked that I only add one drop but, against my better judgement, I didn’t think it’d be enough and added more. The batters became neon in colour instead of the soft, pastel shades intended. 

Undeterred, I tried to remake the batter again, which meant whipping up another six egg whites until they achieved meringue-like consistency. I didn’t mind giving it another go since I own a mixer.

Except just as I was about to embark on my third try, my mixer died on me. Like, it just stopped working completely and I couldn’t continue on with the baking process. It was unbelievable.

Attempt 4: Expectations Vs Reality 

By now, I was daunted, and I decided to have a final go at the cake a few days after. Despite not having a mixer, I was ready to whisk the batter by hand no matter how long it would take. Little did I know that there would STILL be complications.

For one, I realised that I had bought the wrong pan and that mine was much more shallow, which meant that adding the layers in the decoration portion would be hard. 

The second struggle I had was getting the colours of the batters right. Previously, they were too neon, but this time around, they were too faint and completely off from the original. 

Attempt 4: Expectations Vs Reality

Also, I ended up not greasing the pan enough, and at some point also realised I was missing materials. All these problems meant that my cake ended up looking like this.

Attempt 4: Expectations Vs Reality
Attempt 4: Expectations Vs Reality

In case you were wondering what it was supposed to look like, this is it: 

As you can very clearly see, there is a world of difference between the two cakes. If you want to try out this kit, there are some things you should take note of before going into it.

Things To Take Note Of

  1. Make sure you have the proper materials and equipment ready—don’t try to ‘wing it’ using what you have.
  2. Watch the whole video tutorial before going into it—this is so you clearly understand what you have to do
  3. Unless you’re a seasoned baker, make sure to get extra ingredients so you can try again
  4. Make sure that the measurements of each ingredient are exact to the recipe, preferably weighed out using an electronic kitchen weighing scale

Even though my cake didn’t exactly turn out as it should, it was a fun and experience and I’d definitely recommend the kit to experienced bakes with the proper equipment. But if you’re just starting out, I would say to give other baking recipes first a go first before advancing to this one.

For more information on the My Melody Sweet Chiffon Cake Kit, click here.