Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

So Cute You Can Taste It

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

So Cute You Can Taste It

Article excerpt

KAWAII (cute) is the latest Japanese buzzword on everybody's lips. With Pinterest and Instagram awash with these lovable designs, now there's a book that combines the sweet delights of kawaii with cake.

Kawaii Cakes by Juliet Sear, one of the UK's leading cake designers, is a collection of more than 30 original cakes, cookies and sweet treats.

Whether you want to make a Sweet Unicorn Cake, a Cute Kawaii Cat Doughnut or a Squishy Marshmallow Cloud Floatie, this book provides practical advice and easy-to-follow instructions for those wanting to bring a whole lot of cuteness into their kitchen.

Kitty cookies

Stuff you'll need

1 batch ready-baked vanilla sugar cookies (see below), shaped with cutters

Soft-peak royal icing (see below) in your chosen colours, in piping bags fitted with number-two round piping nozzles, for outline

Runny royal icing, in the same shades as the soft-peak icing (about 150g per colour), in piping bags, for flooding

Black edible food pens (fine-tip), for face details

Pink edible dusting powder, for cheeks

Method

Pipe soft-peak royal icing around the edges of the cookie shapes in your different colours. Flood the centre of the kitty face in a runny royal icing in matching colours. You can make them two- or three-tone - just have fun. Leave to dry for a few hours or ideally overnight.

Using the black edible pen to add the nose and mouth, then some tiny whiskers to make them look puuurrr-fect. Add dots of runny white royal icing to create the shimmer on the eyes. Use pink dusting powder to add sweet cheeks. You can add a little runny pink royal icing for the insides of the ears.

Vanilla sugar cookies

Stuff you'll need

200g soft salted butter, at room temperature

200g (1 cup) golden caster sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste, or 1 vanilla pod

1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten

400g (31/4 cups) plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla extract or paste, or scrape out the seeds from the vanilla pod and add these. …

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