"Kawaii" is the Japanese word for "cute" - used as both an adjective and a noun - but it's much more than that. It's a style, a culture, a land of lollipop dreams and squishy pastel hugs and everything sweet and squee-worthy.
Cuteness overload! I love the upside-down ice cream cone (with the penguin playing in the melted cream!), and the raccoon popping out of the cupcake. And don't think I didn't notice the unicorn farting out that rainbow on the right. Ha!
Kawaii likes to put cute little faces on inanimate objects, and I think you'll find most everything is improved by this:
(By Sugar Canvas)
There's also a huge emphasis on desserts, because sweet-looking sweets are pretty much the epitome of cute.
(By Torta Couture Cakes)
Also, macarons. SO MANY MACARONS.
(By Catherine Beddall)
And so not complaining.
Then there are Kawaii animals and characters, which can be just about anything:
(By Whipped Bakeshop)
Happy whale, anyone?
Pusheen the cat is popular, since she's pretty much Kawaii to begin with:
(By The Cakecuppery)
But you can make almost anything or anyone Kawaii, including - hold on to your hot dogs - Slimer from Ghostbusters:
(By Syliva Castaneda)
Adorable little spud, isn't he?
(Leave it to me to work Ghostbusters into a Kawaii post. Where there's a geek, there's a way.)
Or how about some prickly little cacti?
(By Sugar High)
Those colors are perfect together - I love the orange!
Rilakkuma is a popular teddy bear in Japan, and you'll see him a lot in Kawaii designs. Here he is with an enormous cupcake... of himself:
And finally, as if cuteness and cake weren't enough, let's bring in one more of my favorite things:
(By C For Cupcakes)
Ermergersh, I'm melting! Just like the Pooh bear and Aurora ice cream cones. And look at little Mike stacked on Sully! Ah! Squeeing forever.
Hope you guys enjoyed the cute! Happy Sunday!