Hello Kitty Baking Book Review

Hello Kitty Baking Book Review
Seasonal cookies in the Hello Kitty Baking Book

I bought this super adorable recipe book last year when I was in my “cute food” phase and have been meaning to write about it for a while now.  So here it is – my Hello Kitty Baking Book review.

Surprisingly, I’m not a huge fan of Hello Kitty.  I mean, she’s definitely cute, but I think the fact that she’s marketed towards younger kids outside of Asia (I’m from Ireland) is what prevented me from making the full commitment 😛  The lazy bear Rilakkuma is more my style, but unfortunately the only (adorable) cookbook for this character is in Japanese.

So why did I buy a Hello Kitty cookbook then?   I bought it because I really enjoy cute food, and it didn’t disappoint.  Let’s take a comprehensive look at what this recipe book has to offer.

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What’s Inside?

The Hello Kitty Baking Book is a hardcover cookbook with 94 pages.  Inside you’ll find:

  • Six cookie recipes
  • Eight cake & cupcake recipes
  • Six party treat recipes (cake pops, jello, tartlets, etc.)

Extras:

  • Introduction to the ingredients and equipment you’ll need
  • Instructions on basic baking and cake decorating techniques (e.g. icing)
  • Sanrio character templates
  • A unit conversion table

Hello Kitty Baking Book Review

Hello Kitty Baking Book Review

Overall, this book was a lot better than I expected.  It’s nicely designed, the images are super cute, and even if you don’t make any of the recipes, it’s fun to look at.  For that reason, I think this book would make a great gift for anyone who loves cute things – even if they’re not a fan of Hello Kitty in particular.  All of Sanrio’s most popular characters make an appearance – Keroppi, My Melody, Chococat and even the cheeky Batz Maru.

The recipes themselves are pretty basic.  Let’s be clear – this selling point of this book is the presentation of the desserts.  You can find a plain sugar cookie or brownie recipe anywhere, but it’s the perfectly iced Hello Kitty face that makes the ones in this book unique.

On that note, if you don’t have some level of artistic skill, I’d imagine these projects are quite tricky.  The book does provide templates for all of the popular characters’ faces – you’re supposed to make stencils from them.  However, the artistic element will take almost as long as the baking.

I’d consider this more of a craft book, with food as your medium.  I think it’s ideal for a parent and child to work through together.  You can easily adapt the recipes to something a bit healthier and simply take inspiration from the pictures.

What I Liked…

My favourite thing about The Hello Kitty Baking Book is how pretty it is.  I don’t usually like pink but this book is completely pink and it still manages to remain classy.  The book contains some great ideas, which are fairly simple and would definitely impress party guests.  I love the inclusion of seasonal recipes like the Hello Kitty Jack O’Lantern cookies and pumpkin pie.

Despite containing quite a bit of “filler” content (who needs a unit conversion table these days?  Most phones have one), there are plenty of recipes to work through that haven’t already been overdone on Pinterest.  I was also glad that the book wasn’t entirely about Hello Kitty – there were lots of other Sanrio characters to choose from so it’s not repetitive.

What I Didn’t Like…

As I mentioned above, there’s quite a bit of filler content which I feel would have been better used for more recipes.  However, I appreciate that every photo must have taken a great deal of work so 20 recipes is plenty.  I think making your own stencils using the templates at the back is a bit awkward, and some of the recipes require other tools such as Hello Kitty cookie cutters or stamps.

Hello Kitty Baking Book Review
All of our favourite Sanrio characters as cake pops

In Summary

Here’s a summary of my pros and cons in this Hello Kitty Baking Book review:

Pros Cons
  • Adorable photos!
  • Some artistic skill required
  • Plenty of recipes
  • Making/using stencils is awkward & time consuming
  • Not just Hello Kitty, also Keroppi, Batz Maru, etc.
  • “Extra” material of questionable value
  • Can easily alter the recipes and just follow the decoration steps
  • Some recipes require extra tools like Hello Kitty cookie stamps
  • Seasonable recipes included (Halloween, Thanksgiving)
  • Easy enough for kids to follow

I hope this Hello Kitty Baking Book review has been helpful to you!  If you’ve tried any of the recipes, I’d love if you could share the results with me.  I’m ashamed to say that I’ve not made any of them yet but I was definitely inspired by a few to make my own creations.  If you know any other super cute cookbooks, I’d love to hear about them too!

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Hello Kitty Baking Book Review

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