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
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.
Reviewed by Jan Kershaw
Distributed by: Simon & Schuster
Release date: 5 August 2020