The Hello Kitty Baking Book: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes, and More is adorable. On amazon.com it is under $10, the photographs are gorgeous and the recipes I tried were amazing.
I loved the Hello Kitty Mini Chocolate Cupcakes even though they got stuck in the mini cupcake tin, totally my bad.
The Hello Kitty Mini Cheesecakes were perfection!
When it comes to the recipes, I have no doubts.
Where I do have doubts comes with the decorating. If you want Hello Kitty to shine as you make these delicious treats, you have a lot of work ahead of you. This cookbook does not come with special cookie cutters or stampers. You already have to have these.
It does have templates at the back but if they had only included a stencil cutout with this book, there is so much you could have done to add that Hello Kitty touch without buying or making special equipment.
Although the book is small and adorable in size, it has a lot of recipes and includes quite a detailed Bakery How-Tos section at the back that covers basic piping techniques and specifically, how to pipe Hello Kitty faces.
This makes figuring out who the cookbook is for a little challenging. In some ways you really need to know your stuff to pipe all those stars for the Hello Kitty Cake or the basket weaving technique for the other Hello Kitty Cake. Yet, this book is super cute and fun… I know there are newbie bakers out there who would love to learn how to use these recipes to bake cookies or brownies for the first time.
If it were me and I got this cookbook as a present but did not have the tools to make the sweet treats, I would be very frustrated. As a result, if you buy this for someone also throw in cookie cutters, Hello Kitty Cake/Cappuccino Stencil, Wilton Hello Kitty Cake Pan and maybe also throw in a Hello Kitty Chocolate Mold. Hmm… All of a sudden it is no longer so economical but at least the little foodie will be able to do all sorts of fun projects from the book without as much effort.
Despite the recipes being fabulous, the book being gorgeous and a steal of a price, the book just does not deliver everything. Literally. I wanted to give the book a perfect score but I can’t! I just wish it came as a boxed set with a few fun items but on its own? It makes me feel left out.
I give The Hello Kitty Baking Book four out of five wooden spoons.