February 26, 2009 at 22:35 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | Leave a comment

† Name: Alice
† URL: My blog and my flickr
† How were you introduced to the art of “cute cooking”? 
I’m a geek at heart and had seen some awesome video game inspired cakes online so I decided to give it a go myself. I was particularly inspired by some cupcakes made by hello_naomi.
† What inspired your cute creation?
They are based on the mushrooms in the Super Mario video game series. Power Up, 1-Up, Poison and Reverse.
† How did you make it? 
The cupcakes can be pretty much any recipe, I have made these with chocolate and vanilla though I think you could use your favourite recipe. The main thing is that the top is fairly flat or a little rounded, not too round. 
The icing was made using this recipe and this guide. I made a big batch of white then divided it up to make the different colours and just sort of made up the decoration part as I went along. It took a bit of trial and error. 
† Any other comments or tips? 
Enjoy. Alice xx

Alice made these Nintendo cupcakes as a house warming present for a friend. She even made the coasters – out of hama beans! 

I don’t think  I could eat just one. 

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February 26, 2009 at 21:57 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | 4 Comments

Luke Lai is an aviation fan who took photos of these mind-blowing meals served on the Hello Kitty Jet! This is the Western-style business class dessert. 

Here are the menus of the business class meal onboard EVA Airways BR-2106, serviced by Hello Kitty Jet ver. 1, enroute from Taiwan Taoyuan to Fukuoka.

The economy class meal is less appetizing but equally cute!

Business class Japanese style meal. I believe Kitty’s face is made of fu (wheat gluten).

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February 26, 2009 at 06:53 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | Leave a comment

In addition to the Hello Kitty cupcakes featured in the last post, the talented Tracy of Merry Antoinette made these smiley girl cupcakes! Click on the photo to find out how.

Her Flickr page includes a set of cute yummy food.  This cake is from the Hello Kitty  Sweets cafe in Taiwan. 

…and so is this Hello Kitty  mini chocolate cake!

How about starting off your day with Hello Kitty toast? Check out Tracy’s baking blog for more tantalizing treats.


February 26, 2009 at 06:47 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | Leave a comment

† Name: Tracy Ogishi
† URL:
† How were you introduced to the art of “cute cooking”? 
Visited Japan in the winter of 1999/2000 and fell in love with the “kawaii” pastries in the bakeries over there!
† Where did you find this cute creation?
I didn’t find this cute creation, I made it! The design for the decorations is original…took me a long time to figure out the right cookies and candies to use to achieve Hello Kitty’s “look”!


Tracy baked these adorable Hello Kitty cupcakes for a tea party.  To learn how she made them, check out her blog, Merry Antoinette, which is filled with more cute yummy baking! 


February 26, 2009 at 03:56 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | Leave a comment


cute chocolate bear lolipop san-x

† Name: INOMI
† URL: My handmade zakka  / Blog
† How were you introduced to the art of “cute cooking”? 
Perhaps, I think that it is a strawberry and a cherry on the white cake that I saw in childhood. 
† Where did you find this cute creation?
I found this in the local supermarket. It was last one.
† What is it made of? How does it taste? 
It’s sweet cheap chocolate taste.
† Any other comments or tips? 
Thank you greeting!


The bear is the San-X character, Rilakkuma.
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February 26, 2009 at 03:47 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | Leave a comment

cute cap

† Name/URL:  superlocal
† How were you introduced to the art of “cute cooking”? 
Just came across so many lovely examples while visiting cafes in Seoul & Tokyo…
† Where did you find this cute creation?
SOO:P cafe, near Seoul City Hall
02 735 4622
† What is it made of? How does it taste? 
It was a cappuccino and it was perfect!
† Any other comments or tips? 
Carry your camera at all times, you never know when cuteness will meet you.

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February 26, 2009 at 02:34 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | 1 Comment


† Name:  Kay Schlumpf
† How were you introduced to the art of “cute cooking”?
 Well, it all started when I was introduced to anime and then manga and I got curious about bentos…
† Where did you find this cute creation?
This pastry is from the Pastry Hippo inside Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights IL
† What is it made of? How does it taste?
It’s a custard filled bread. It’s not as sweet as you would expect – it’s not a doughnut, but it is pretty good!
† Any other comments or tips?
The Pastry Hippo makes lots of cute shapes – pandas, apples, Doremon, crabs, etc. Always something new and fun when I get to stop in!

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February 26, 2009 at 02:10 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | 5 Comments

Adorable Japanese bento boxes, cooking cute.

I’m a tad OCD and neurotic (if the chronic blogging is any proof). At regular intervals, I’m swept away by a new frivolity; generally something Japanese, kawaii, Goth, or a combination thereof. La Carmina’s manie du jour is cooking cute: school lunches dressed up as adorable characters by Japanese mothers. Eee!

I’ve been scouring several bento blogs, but my favorite is Mari Miyazawa’s e-obento. The Osaka mother of two has been honing her skills since 2004 and has released several cookbooks in Japan. I love her trademark whimsy. Can you imagine opening up your lunchbox to find Frankenstein proudly waving two happy ghosts (quail egg/nori) and a not-so-pleased demon (cherry tomato/cheese) – all of whom are impaled in a most awkward location?

Japanese cute school lunches for kids, food arrangement techniques.

I’ve picked out Mari’s most Gothic creations for your visual titillation. Most mothers cut the crusts off a sandwich; this one turns the edge of bread into Dracula’s coffin!

Cute kawaii kitty cat bento boxes from Japan. Scottish fold Basil Farrow.

I’m always looking for excuses to post pictures of Basil Farrow – so here’s the world’s cutest Scottish Fold along with dishes that almost rival him in kitty kawaii. Can you can figure out the ingredients involved?


February 26, 2009 at 02:09 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | 1 Comment

Face Food: the visual creativity of Japanese bento boxes by Christopher Salyers 

Every school day, Japanese children tear open their bento boxes at lunchtime and squeal “KAWAII!” Their mothers had risen at dawn and spent three hours arranging slices of egg, cheese, and seaweed into Doraemon, Pikachu, and Super Mario. Okay, I’m hyperbolizing… but “charaben” (character bento boxes) arranging is in fact soaring in popularity in Japan.

Japan bento boxes of cute decorated characters, or charaben. Creative packed lunches for school children. 
In his new book Face Food, Christopher Salyers documents the art of the kid’s meal. Character bentos are a modern spin on elaborate food arrangments dating from 12th century Japan. To my surprise, the driving force behind these visual feasts is not artistic fulfillment. The parents toil in the kitchen for the sake of their children; one arranges ham slices into Piglet to delight them, encourage them to eat nutritiously, and hopefully boost their social standing in the classroom.

Charaben: cute Japanese school lunches decorated like anime and manga characters. 
The book includes helpful hints on how to make your own bento box character lunches. Above are some adorable animals that would suit a Sweet Lolita. Rice is dyed with curry powder or pink food coloring. Egg, sausage, and fish cake form the facial features.

Gothic lolita Japanese children's lunches or bento boxes. Food decorated like cute cartoons and animals. 
Gothic Lolitas would never be deficient in iodine: a lot of black seaweed (nori) is required to sculpt Emily the Strange, Jack Skellington, and Spiderman.

I whined to my mom: “I’m so deprived! You should have woken up at 5am to craft Goth-themed lunches for meee. Like a skull-shaped sandwich, impaled with red peppers and dripping with ketchup-blood. Or a soy-based interpretation of the Seven Sins, one for every day of the week.” She snapped: “Well you were lucky to have ANY FOOD at ALL!”

† From Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes by Christopher D. Salyers (New York:Mark Batty Publisher, 2007). 


February 26, 2009 at 01:09 | Posted in Cute Food Photos | 1 Comment


La Carmina isn’t the only one in the family who engages in cute cooking. Her cousin Amanda Yuen created an adorable gingerbread house for the  Sanrio Yummies contest – and was rightfully named one of the 5 finalists!


She made the gingerbread herself, and created cute mascots out of icing sugar and food coloring. 


At the end of the Xmas party, Amanda’s friends smashed the house to pieces and her friend bit off Hello Kitty’s head!

Click here to read about how Amanda made the gingerbread house… and VOTE for her so that she can win the top prize!

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