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Book Review: Let’s Bake! A Pusheen Cookbook, by Claire Belton and Susanne Ng

COOKBOOK: The ultimate cookbook for Pusheen fans and cat lovers alike, Let’s Bake features forty vibrant recipes for sweet treats and savoury snacks, inspired by the adorably plump and mischievous kitty.

For experienced cake decorators only.

In case you haven’t heard of Pusheen, she is a cartoon cat, created in the US in 2010 by Claire Belton and Andrew Duff in a comic strip. She has since morphed into a worldwide phenomenon and is represented on everything from stickers and plush toys to wallpaper. Dr. Susanne Ng is a Singapore-based scientist who also has a worldwide following since her creative kitchen creations have been featured on social media. 

The cover of this cookbook is very appealing and I thought it would be fun to make some Pusheen-shaped biscuits, cakes or puddings. I had made the rash assumption that these would be recipes to make with kids. Not so. 

The photographs of step-by-step instructions are excellent and make everything look achievable. Most of the cooking techniques are not too complicated, but the decoration of the finished product is in a league of its own. You will need toothpicks, tiny piping bags or even another cake to cut up to make Pusheen’s ears or features. And this is before you get to two, three or four different colours of icing. Templates for cutting out shapes and to follow when decorating your creations are included at the back of the book. 

Official Pusheen Donuts

Even worse is that the cakes and biscuits themselves aren’t very tasty. Neither the Madeleines or the Donuts would be on my ‘To Bake Again’ list—they were bland and doughy. I used the ones I didn’t decorate as a base for trifle. If you are an experienced cake decorator, you may enjoy this book as your creations might actually look like the images in the book. Sadly, mine do not.

My Pusheen Donuts

Reviewed by Jan Kershaw

Distributed by: Simon & Schuster
Release date: 5 August 2020
RRP: $29.99

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