Hello Kitty Café – Birthday Cake
Hello Kitty Café
Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Drive · Irvine, CA 92618
Hello Kitty! Welcome to Irvine!
The incredibly popular Sanrio character has setup her long awaited store in Southern California and is now selling her favorite baked desserts and cool, refreshing drinks. Ideally situated in front of the grand Giant Wheel at the Irvine Spectrum Center, the Hello Kitty Café is hard to miss. Its pink hues and adorable bowtie outlines adorning the popup shop captures the cuteness that Hello Kitty exudes. The café itself is creatively made out of a converted shipping container. From apple pies to pocket pies, the Hello Kitty Café boasts a refined menu of sweet handmade pastries that perfectly pair with a selection of espresso beverages, fruit flavored iced teas and thirst-quenching lemonades.
Listed as the first item, the Birthday Cake features vanilla bean cake, sprinkles and butter cream as its ingredients. The dessert comes in an exquisitely decorated pink box – an assortment of pastries and appearances of the Sanrio character fills the sides. Hello Kitty’s trademark pink bow tops the carton, building anticipation and excitement akin to receiving a wrapped present.
The cake includes two streaks of butter cream perfectly placed between layers of vanilla bean cake. Rich in butter, the cream is incredibly smooth. The cake itself is incredibly delicate with a moist crumb, easily yielding to a fork. It possesses the ideal cake consistency – light and fluffy – that goes along nicely with the heavier cream. Colorful sprinkles dot the cake’s interior, further evidence of the care and effort put into creating this dessert. A cutesy edible Hello Kitty trademark red bow sits on the crown of the cake, a lovely embellishment that puts its stamp on this dessert.
What’s a birthday cake without sprinkles? Hordes of colorful miniscule spheres adhere to the cream coating all around the surface. The rainbow of fun not only creates festive appeal; they also provide a significant textural addition to each and every bite. The tiny sugary confections pop in your mouth with an enjoyable crunch that goes well with the soft and delicate cake and velvety cream. Sprinkles make everything better!
Hello Kitty Café succeeds in delivering a visually stunning and delicious birthday cake that achieves a perfect level of sweetness. You can’t help but smile when biting into this cake. The flavor is spot-on; its fluffy texture is simply dreamy. Even if it is not your birthday, this celebratory cake summons all of your past joyful birthdays into one cylindrical dessert.
The first of its kind in North America, the Hello Kitty Café is a unique addition to the Irvine Spectrum. Though the Spectrum in general appeals to the young crowd, people of all ages will find something to like at the Café. If the birthday cake is any indication, the sweets at the Hello Kitty Café are executed extremely well. Though seven dollars is a lot for this indulgence, it can easily be split amongst two or more people. Splurge a bit and treat yourself to a birthday cake at the Hello Kitty Café!