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† How were you introduced to the art of “cute cooking”?
I probably first discovered cute pastries and cakes at local Japanese and Chinese bakeries. Whether a small, sweet bread shaped like Hello Kitty or a giant Panda cake, thankfully these creations are often too cute to eat or else I’d get really fat!
† Where did you find this cute creation?
In London’s Chinatown at Wonderful Patisserie, 45 Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5QQ. www.qype.co.uk/place/222253-Wonderful-Patisserie-London They always have cute cakes in their window and they also sell all sorts of yummy breads, buns and mochi.
† What is it made of? How does it taste?
I’m afraid I only admired these cakes through the window. Gotta watch the waistline!
† Any other comments or tips?
Support your local bakery, especially if they make cute cakes!
Cute sushi rolls continue to be popular in Japan’s cookbook aisles!
I also include cute animal sushi rolls in my upcoming cookbook, Cute Yummy Time. My creations, however, consist of much more than dyed rice… you’ll want to eat them as well as “awww” over them!
Too cute to eat!
Everyone knows Japan is the land of Hello Kitty. In Tokyo Hands (a large home goods department store), I found bento decoration items that feature Hello Kitty’s face.
Vroom! Boys might prefer these vehicle-themed (but equally cute) rice shapers.
No need to fly to Japan for specialized equipment. My book, Cute Yummy Time, will tell you everything you need to know about making your own cutie-pie lunches.
I went to Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo (a giant shopping complex) – and walked through the surreal and slightly frightening Namja Town. Everything is themed for the cat mascot, including the curry rice.
Some of the desserts were… slightly batty!
One part of Namja Land is “Ice Cream City” – where you can buy every type of ice cream (soft, gelato, crushed ice) in every possible flavor (including Shark and Octopus). One of the stalls advertised a cute lion-faced ice cream scoop.
Nope, these aren’t Peeps… they’re similar baby chick candies sold in Namja Town.
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Cute cupcakes are omnipresent – but this little snowman from a Japanese cookbook takes the cake!
Wouldn’t this adorable bumblebee cupcake be perfect for a child’s birthday party?
Finally, here’s a kawaii Japanese twist on baked animal crackers or cookies!
Latte art is possibly my favorite subset of cute cooking. The designs are mindblowing!
They look like little pictures, don’t they?
Aww! Most of the technique involves etching the foam. Want more details? You’ll have to wait for the release of my cookbook, Cute Yummy Time!
Raise your trunk if you love elephants!
A bunny, a lamb… which one is your favorite?-
Who says rice has to be boring? This Japanese cookbook has great ideas to spruce up a child’s lunch. My upcoming kawaii recipe book, Cute Yummy Time, has even more… :)
Wahh! Sometimes, kawaii (cute) is a little too close to kowai (scary)!
† Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants comes out this July ($14.93 – a great deal for a hardcover with full-color photos). It’s a visual traipse into the wild world of maid cafes and theme eateries such as Wizard of the Opera.
I’ll be posting more adorable food photos on my Cute Yummy Time blog. Help me spread the word – Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants and Cute Yummy Time are now available for pre-order on Amazon. Be the first to get a copy!
My name is Marisa Hess. I work at Josef’s Vienna Bakery in Reno, Nevada www.josefsvienna.com (currently under construction)
although all my pics are at www.flickr.com/photos/josefs
My background is in graphic arts, not pastry. After I got my BFA I came back to the family business, where I had even worked as a teenager.
My cute creations are just that: cute graphic designs that you can just happen to eat. When I decorate cookies, the designs just kind of pop into my head.
The cookies are iced in a royal icing, I use a paintbrush to get it on the cookie. Sugars are applied to the piped designs. And my airbrush is my best friend. It always adds an amazing depth to any cookie I design.
Thank You! and you keep up the good work too!
Whenever I’m in Tokyo, I visit as many bookstores as I can. Kinokuniya and Junkado are two of my favorites. Of course, I peruse the Cooking aisle for new kawaii bento box cookbooks…
Edamame is used for noses and flower leaves.
Onigiri, aka omusubi, has never looked so appetizing!
Bonito flakes give the bunny extra texture.