PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS.


PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

Cute cooking runs in La Carmina’s family — and here’s the proof! My cousin Amanda Yuen runs a Hong Kong cooking school, Princess Cake House, specializing in cute food and fun, decorated desserts. Sebastiano and I joined a class, where we learned how to make adorable panda bread, while chomping on Rilakkuma’s chocolate ear.

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

Seba’s yellow cat shirt: Hyoma, from the I.T. store.
La Carmina’s Goth-cute tank top: Black Peace Now, from Closet Child Tokyo
Pink and silver flower necklace: gifted from Soho Hearts

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

The workshop, located in Fo Tan, was bustling with about 40 students. My Rilakkuma bear apron matches Amanda’s chocolate bread creation.

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

Every weekend, the instructors teach students how to make adorable sweets, like panda bear bread.

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

Who came for the lesson? Seriously, everyone: kids, female friends, couples, a headhunter from the UK. Amanda won a cake decorating award in Japan, so she’s well qualified to teach.

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

Hazel demonstrates the steps while the students watch. Pop quiz: can you find Seba in this photo?

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

The layering of the black, white and green (matcha-flavored) dough…

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

… results in panda faces on every slice of bread. Kawaii!

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

As you may know, I wrote a cookbook, Cute Yummy Time (published by Penguin Books). It’s about how to make healthy food fun — by decorating it to look like cute characters! You can find more info here.

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

What a fun cooking school, with smiling objects everywhere. Using this wooden rolling pin, can you guess what I did to Seba?

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

Seba’s munching turned the cute bear’s face into a ghost. Using the torch, he made a creme brulee crust.

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

Amanda also baked dainty cakes and pastel macaroons. She let us eat whatever we wanted — and we did!

PANDA BREAD RECIPE: LESSONS AT A CUTE COOKING SCHOOL IN HONG KONG. RILAKKUMA BEAR, CAKE DECORATION LESSONS, hong kong cooking lessons, hk cooking school, chinese cooking, cute bento decoration techniques, princess cake house, food workshop, best desserts hong kong, how to make panda bread, panda bear bread, cute bear loaf, sanrio, hello kitty, baking

Whenever I travel to a new place, I enjoy taking cooking lessons; it’s a rewarding way to learn about the culture and pick up new foodie skills. And why not add some cuteness to the mix?

If you visit Hong Kong, I hope you’ll pay a visit to Princess Cake House. Cooking classes are held in Cantonese, but you can email them and ask for my cousin Amanda. She’ll make sure you don’t get lost in translation.

Have you ever taken a cooking lesson? Or tried cooking cute? My bento-decoration-inspired book is available to buy here.

PS: Seba and I have SO many photos to share… Milan, Rome, Venice, Florence with Luisa Via Roma. Plus two fashion design collaborations to be released this month. Patience please!

Song of the Day: Yelle – Safari Disco Club (French electro; you can stream the entire album.)

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  • Nara

    Gahh this is my dream cooking school!  Too cute

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      It’s amazing!

  • Spenny

    so cool lacarmina, i love cute food.

  • http://teknicolordahlia.wordpress.com Teknicolor Dahlia

    That bread looks adorable and yummy! *o* To the kitchen! /whoosh

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      YES it was delicious!

  • Magnales

    Haha exactly my thoughts when I saw that picture with the rolling pin. xD You kinky woman!

    Seba’s european tall-genes quite stand out in the crowd as much as his hair ^_^”

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      ahahah someone got smacked with the pin..

  • http://www.youtube.com/takenoutofcontext Glitch

    Should we trust Seba with a blow torch? XD
    That green bread looks so cool. I want to make something like that. 0_0

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I was hiding when he used the blow torch!

  • Alcy

    Ohhh man, this made me hungry! Seba reminds me of Jesse Camp in the first shot. The other night I was looking for hair pictures and half the results were of you! Then, I had a dream where you bleached my hair and dyed half of it bright orange. Hahaha! Hope you’ve been having fun! <3

    • http://www.youtube.com/takenoutofcontext Glitch

       0_0 Your right, he sorta looks like Jesse Camp.(except not as malnourished looking as camp lol)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      hahaha so funny!! I’m having a great time in Italy – catch up soon.

  • Alcy

    Ohhh man, this made me hungry! Seba reminds me of Jesse Camp in the first shot. The other night I was looking for hair pictures and half the results were of you! Then, I had a dream where you bleached my hair and dyed half of it bright orange. Hahaha! Hope you’ve been having fun! <3

  • Anonymous

    OMG the panda bread is so cute :D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      heheh isn’t it fun how the whole family does cute cooking?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dnrworldwidefanclub Dnr Fanclub Interstate

    It looks soo cute and we’re sure it is delicious!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Seba ate most of it ;)

  • Francesca

    Cute beyond words!!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Kawaiiiiiiiiiii

  • Jrockonhigh

    I’m trying to learn how to cook and I did get Cute Yummy Time to help (it’s so hard to decide between what muffins to make though).  

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      YAY I’m happy to hear!

  • iafaS

    *droolz* the sweets look so yummy, ah geez now I have rumblees in my tummy XD

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I hope you can try a cute cooking lesson one day!

      • iafaS

        atm, my expecting sister-in-law is bake-nesting and I’m nomming all the goodies XD her stuff is more pretty looking than cutesy but she said she’d try cute when I showed her this :3

        • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

          Ahh nice!

  • Panda-chan

    That bread looks DELICIOUS! And super cute. ^^

  • Dom

    Seba looks a little to fascinated with the torch,LOL

  • Aussa

    soo cute *__*

  • Rochelle

    You just reminded me of that panda bread recipe!! I still need to try it!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      :)

  • Szeto

    sweetsweet~

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      literally ~__^

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marijn-De-Jong/785688870 Marijn De Jong

    Nice

  • Vanna

    *w* GIRL YOU ARE SO SWEET ♥

  • Hal

    Hahahaha!

  • Herve Leger Asymmetrical Neck

    Wow! Fantacy

  • SohoHearts

    So cute!

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  • notafan

    you two look retarded, especially the ‘male’.