Now that the holiday season is here, we’re baking up a storm to celebrate. Cookies, cakes, and candy! So much delicious sugary food and so little time to enjoy it before we get back on our diets in January. It made us think of our favorite baking scenes in anime and how much love and effort the characters put into their desserts. So, to stimulate your sweet tooth, here are the 3 best baking scenes in anime!
3. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS: Sailor 9 Senshi Shuuketsu! Black Dream Hole no Kiseki (Sailor Moon SuperS the Movie: Black Dream Hole)
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: December 1995
Black Dream Hole has never been the most well-regarded Sailor Moon movie, but one of its early scenes captures our hearts with its sweet and calm atmosphere. The girls are making cookies at Makoto’s house with varying degrees of success. Ami shows everyone how to make patterned imprints on cookies with the bottom of a crystal drinking glass, Rei and Minako are too busy eating chocolate chips to get any baking done, and Makoto is constantly trying to get the others back on track.
Meanwhile, Usagi and Chibiusa are battling over who can make the best sugar cookies to impress Mamoru. Usagi’s look amazing but taste terrible, and Chibiusa’s are the opposite. Near the end of the movie, Chibiusa gives a small bag of the cookies (which are shaped like bunnies and moons) to her new friend Perle to remember her by. They may not look perfect, but the sweet taste of Chibiusa’s homemade cookies is enough for Perle (and us) to remember them forever.
2. Majo no Takkyuubin (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: July 1989
In this classic Ghibli film, Kiki moves to a new town and takes on odd jobs to prove herself as a capable young witch. One of the most iconic scenes shows Kiki assisting an elderly lady with her wood-burning oven so that she can make a fresh herring pie for her granddaughter’s party. With ingenuity and some elbow grease, they work together to reignite the old-fashioned oven and finish the pie just in time.
Of course, everyone knows what happens next. Kiki forces her way through a rainstorm to deliver the present, only for the granddaughter to be completely ungrateful and slam the door in Kiki’s face. At least she still has the good memories of baking the pie to hold onto.
1. Kirakira☆Precure A La Mode
- Episodes: 49
- Aired: February 2017 – January 2018
This is an anime all about baking, so it’s difficult to pick a favorite from the many dessert-filled scenes that we have to choose from. But we decided to go with the very first one in episode 1, when main character Ichika tries and repeatedly fails to make a strawberry cream cake for her mother, who is coming home after many months abroad as a humanitarian doctor.
She’s so stressed that she almost gives up, but the sweets fairy Pekorin shows Ichika how to infuse the cake with “kirakiraru”, the sparkling energy that represents the feeling people put into their desserts. Even when she finds out that her mom can’t come home after all, Ichika persists and gains the power of Cure Whipthe Precure warrior who fights to protect everyone’s kirakiraru. She made a cake that was so good it gave her superpowers! How many other anime characters can say that?
We love seeing how baking desserts can bring people together and create lasting memories for years to come. Even if the result isn’t pretty or the process is frustrating, spending time with friends and family is the real joy of baking. We’ll try to keep that in mind with our Christmas sweets this year!
What did you think of our list? What’s your favorite dessert from anime? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!