You'll find recipes for “Pigfiteroles in Mud,” “Pandaleines,” and more sweets that are almost too adorable to eat.  

By Bridget Hallinan
August 15, 2019
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Earlier this spring, the Great British Baking Show finalist Kim-Joy teased the cover of her first cookbook on Instagram—Baking with Kim-Joy: Cute and Creative Bakes to Make You Smile. True to the aesthetically-pleasing, animal-themed desserts she was known for on the show, Baking With Kim-Joy was promised to be “full of colorful bakes and happiness,” with a cover featuring a rainbow, cat and llama cookies, and fluffy, pointed meringues. The book isn’t set to release until August 22 in the U.K. and September 3 in the U.S. and Canada. However, we were able to get a sneak peek this week, and reader, it didn’t disappoint. 

Hardie Grant Publishing

Each dessert (or bread, in some instances) in Baking With Kim-Joy is more delightful than the next. A little deer and cookie cats preen on top of a “Woodland Cake,” covered in a wall of chocolate bark; the “Cat Paradise Cake” sets a scene where a little white cat has shimmied up a chocolate ladder to lounge by a sugarpaste rainbow and round meringue clouds. Each section—cakes and frosting, cookies and icing, breads, square cakes, and little bakes—is filled with detailed, careful instructions. Plus, on top of the beautiful photos, there are quirky black and white drawings dotted throughout the pages, including a ballerina cake mid-twirl and a mini Christmas snow globe scene. In the introduction, Kim-Joy writes about how baking is something that many of us associate with happy memories and joy—she hopes, ultimately, that people will use this book as an escape, something to read with a rela cup of tea in hand. 

“There’s a lot of stress in our daily lives, so I hope this book can be a little place of calm away from all the hustle and bustle,” she writes in the intro. “Bake, be adventurous and, above all, be happy!” 

Some of the recipes involve a lot of dedication, there’s no doubt about that. But when the end result is a gorgeous set of madeleines decorated to look like pandas (pandas!), it’s well worth it to put in some extra love and effort. We got photos of the aforementioned “Pandaleines,” along with seven other adorable desserts and breads that we can’t wait to try at home. Check them out below—and get the recipes by pre-ordering the book on Amazon.

Baking with Kim-Joy: Cute and Creative Bakes to Make You Smile, $17.50 (list price $25) at .com

Lavender & Lemon Pandaleines 

Ellis Parrinder

Pandas are already adorable—but pandas in madeleine form, aka “Pandaleines”? Forget about it. Kim-Joy takes the little cakes, flavors them with lavender buds, and then dips them in lemon icing, using black-dyed icing to create the panda features.

Pigfiteroles in Mud

Ellis Parrinder

These little piggies are made of a strawberry filling, with marzipan noses and features made with black royal icing. For the finishing touch, they’re nestled in choux pastry and set in dark chocolate “mud.”

Cardamom, Almond, & Honey Bee Cookies

Ellis Parrinder

Slivered almonds make up the wings on these delicate bee sandwich cookies, while the body is composed of a cardamom-infused semolina shortbread. The filling is a buttercream frosting with a honey center. 

Space Turtle Melonpan Buns