The Hello Kitty Baking Book: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes, Pies and More is the perfect book for the Hello Kitty and Sanrio-obsessed. I may have been one of those obsessed collectors of all things Sanrio as a tween. Everything from Keroppi notepads to Pochacco tote bags and Pekkle pencil cases. Those three were my favorite Sanrio characters. For some reason, I wanted to be different and ignored Hello Kitty even though she's the most iconic character, recognized all around the world and loved by children and adults alike.
The cookbook obviously focuses on Hello Kitty sweets but a few other Sanrio characters also join the fun as templates are included at the back of the book. Templates, that would have been quite helpful to me four years ago when I embarked on a crazy baking project for a friend's daughter's 4th birthday. Yep, it was a Hello Kitty themed birthday and I thought, hey, it shouldn't be that hard to make 24 Hello Kitty-topped cupcakes, 24 HK-shaped cake pops, AND a large HK-shaped sheet cake. Riiiight.
|(Sorry for the unedited photos, this was before I started blogging seriously)|
This book would have come in handy while I frantically tried making cake pops look like Hello Kitty, only to have them come out looking like little piggies - I can't bring myself to post the photos of those poor guys. Want to try your hand at Hello Kitty cake pops? Please use this book as your guide - it includes a 4-page spread with instructions and gorgeous photos on how to make a few of your favorite Sanrio friends, look super cute in the form of cake pops.
Not only are there cake pop how-to's, this cookbook is broken into three categories of cuteness including cookies (Hello Kitty macarons!), cakes & cupcakes and a section on pies, party treats, and more! There are easy-to-make treats such as Hello Kitty brownies where you'll just simply need a template and powdered sugar to create a quick Hello Kitty image atop each slice of brownie. Impressive, yet painless.
Needless to say, this book will be a huge resource for moms (& friends) looking to DIY their sweet little girl's birthday party treats as well as for experienced bakers looking for new and unique ideas to celebrate all things Hello Kitty!
PS. In case you were wondering how I created the cupcake toppers - this was before I was brave enough to work with royal icing so I used what I was familiar with - melted chocolate/candy wafers. Poured into piping bags and traced a HK template (printed from a random image found online) placed under waxed paper (white chocolate for face, dark chocolate for whiskers). I don't really recommend this method as it was such a hassle to keep warming up the chocolate (not to mention, messy), and the chocolate doesn't dry very smoothly. My original plan was to find a HK cookie cutter and cut out fondant shapes, but I was never able to find one. Of course, now, you can find them with one easy Google search.
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary review book by Quirk Books but was not compensated or obligated to write this post. All opinions (and Hello Kitty cupcake/cake photos) are my own.
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