Known for her colorful and whimsical designs, Kim-Joy delighted audiences during her season nine Great British Bake-Off performance. And you can try to pull off some of her magic on your own thanks to these Kim-Joy recipes for her most creative and fun bakes.
Many of her bakery creations are animal-inspired, but Kim-Joy told Eater, “In my baking, I love magical bonkers things.”
With animals, fairies, and even spiders, Kim-Joy’s recipes are all about building cute creations. You’ll feel like you’ve fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole and found Wonderland, without having to drink unidentified liquids.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite of her unique baking recipes. From the squishy to the furry, Kim-Joy masters the art of baking adorable and delicious treats, like penguin cookies, cat-shaped brownies, and jellyfish cupcakes. Try the ones on this list, and check out her cookbook for more.
20 Kim-Joy Recipes to Try at Home
1. Lemon Marbled Shortbread Pebbles
Squishmallows you can eat? These squishy-soft lemon marbled shortbread pebbles are a colorful, sweet biscuit that is surprisingly easy to recreate.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Marbled Shortbread Pebble
2. Hot Cross Buns with Hiding Bunnies
One a bunny, two a bunny, hot cross buns. Kim-Joy’s traditional hot cross buns get an Easter twist with the addition of cute, doughy bunnies. This vegetarian dish doesn’t harm any rabbits in the process, even when you take a big bite.
Get the Recipe: Hot Cross Buns with Hiding Bunnies
3. Chocolate and Chili Penguins with Orange-Flavored Ganache
Tired of adorable animal recipes yet? If you are, best to scroll away now.
These penguin shortbread cookies are extra chili thanks to some added spice. The sweetness of the creamy orange and white chocolate ganache balances out the kick from the chili powder-enhanced shortbread.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate and Chili Penguins with Orange-Flavored Ganache
4. Christmas Fruit Cake with Penguins
As you can probably tell from the presentation, this cake is not a recipe for the faint-of-heart or overly booked. But if you have two days to put into a show-stopping design, this one truly takes the cake.
Nestled atop a lighter fruit cake coated in a whisky syrup are sugar-formed penguins enjoying a snowy, powdered sugar scene. Everything on this cake takes multiple days to set, so you should plan ahead. Or just recruit your sister to do it for you.
Get the Recipe: Christmas Fruit Cake with Penguins
5. Choux Hedgehogs
Choux pastry is a delicate dough used in classic pastries such as eclairs and cream puffs. Using that to craft the hedgehog bodies, they can then can be spiked with a filling of your choice and topped with dark chocolate and sprinkles.
Get the Recipe: Choux Hedgehogs
6. Monster Meringue
If your meringues are already pretty monstrous looking, this recipe is for you. Add a little color and some fake eyeballs, and Kim-Joy’s monster meringue recipe turns any unintentionally scary meringues into cute and creepy Halloween treats.
Get the Recipe: Monster Meringue
7. Stem Ginger Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Salted Caramel
Looking for something a little more challenging? This ginger cake has everything from poached pears to crystalized stem ginger. Building a gingerbread house on top is just icing on the cake…or, in this case, cream cheese frosting.
Get the Recipe: Stem Ginger Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Salted Caramel
8. Frog Scones
These cute scones take a simple recipe and add extra little balls of dough to craft frog eyes, topped with icing and green food dye. It couldn’t get simpler, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still adorable.
Get the Recipe: Frog Scones
9. Spiced Apple Turtle Pies
These individual apple pies are awesome, and not only because it means we get to eat a whole apple pie by ourselves.
You can use store-bought puff pastry to simplify the recipe even further. Otherwise, the hardest part is just shaping the turtle bodies and having the patience to wait until they’re fully baked to start chowing down.
Get the Recipe: Spiced Apple Turtle Pies
10. Feline-Like Brownies
Try Kim-Joy’s kitty cat inspired brownies if you’re feline like it. With calico cat–shaped shortbread cookies nestled into a delicious bed of brownies, this recipe is simply purrfect.
Get the Recipe: Feline-Like Brownies
11. Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies
Using a German cookie dough, these Thanksgiving turkey cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious with a shortbread consistency. We’re not sure why one is wearing a tie, but we’re here for it.
Get the Recipe: Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies
Bake sales can be a real zoo. Make your treats extra wild with browniemals. Using a traditional brownie recipe, Kim-Joy dresses delectable brownies up as animals using icing sugar, egg whites, candy melts, and gel food dye.
Get the Recipe: Browniemals
13. Fruit and Vegetable Cookies
There are endless possibilities with these easy-to-make fruit and vegetable cookies. Using a similar recipe to the turkey cookies, these melt in your mouth thanks to the use of potato starch.
Get the Recipe: Fruit and Vegetable Cookies
14. Meringue Fairies
The fairy dust in these magical meringue fairies is your choice of either marzipan or fondant. You can fill them with a boozy bonus, or dunk them in sparkling sugar crystals. DIY is just like magic.
Get the Recipe: Meringue Fairies
15. Raspberry and Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Pig Topper
Get down and dirty with raspberry and chocolate cupcakes. Kim-Joy adds her unique style with marshmallow pig toppers and chocolate mud. Bursts of raspberry in each bite will have you squealing with delight.
Get the Recipe: Raspberry and Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Pig Topper
16. Blueberry, Almond, and Lemon Jellyfish Cupcakes
There may be no wrong way to eat a cupcake, but adding meringue cookies with gummy jellyfish legs sure makes cupcake-eating more challenging. Thankfully, these cupcakes won’t sting.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry, Almond, and Lemon Jellyfish Cupcakes
17. Reindeer Bakewell Tarts
You can bake Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen into reality with Kim-Joy’s reindeer bakewell tarts. The recipe includes allergen notes, so you can nix the gluten but keep the tastiness. We won’t tell if you eat Rudolph, too.
Get the Recipe: Reindeer Bakewell Tarts
18. Brownie and Pretzel Spiders
Kim-Joy told People, “Ordinarily you wouldn’t want to be eating spiders, but these change everything,” and we have to admit she’s right. Brownie and pretzel spiders are actually kind of cute, and her gooey brownie recipe is too delicious to be squashed.
Get the Recipe: Brownie and Pretzel Spiders
19. Afternoon Tea Cake
Adorned with adorable trinkets, Kim-Joy’s afternoon tea cake recipe combines an airy moist cake with sweet buttercream frosting.
Although Kim-Joy decorates her cake with an intricate high tea spread made from fondant, we’re happy to put some Barbie dishes on top and call it Kenough.
Get the Recipe: Afternoon Tea Cake
20. Ginger Snap Cats
Grumpy-looking ginger snap cookies have the right amount of cat-itude for the kitty lovers in your life. The addictiveness of these crisp, spicy ginger cookies will have you clawing for more.
Get the Recipe: Ginger Snap Cats
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