Jun 18, 2020

For most people, home baking has become a distraction amid the crisis we’re facing. From simple cookies and mug cakes to more complex no-bake banana breads and cinnamon rolls, you’ve probably seen them all over social media and even tried recreating some. But is this where the ultimate bake-off ends? Japanese pop-up restaurant owner and photographer Hiroya Tsunekawa thinks otherwise as he posted his self-made rainbow milk gelatin cake recipe on Twitter.

The cake looks pretty difficult to recreate, doesn’t it? But it’s actually easy as you can make this in about 30 minutes. Plus, it only requires five ingredients: agar powder (4 g), water (150 ml), milk (300 ml), sugar (60 g) and shaved ice syrup or fruit juice (20 ml). The recipe is originally in Japanese though, so we translated it for your convenience.

Mix agar powder, water and sugar in a heated pot and leave it to boil. Turn off the heat, combine milk with the agar mixture and let it cool. Once cooled, put it inside the fridge to settle. This will serve as the base of your cake.

Next step: Create another agar mixture but use shaved ice syrup or fruit juice instead of milk. Store your mixture in the fridge to harden. Repeat this process depending on how many colors you want.

Once your colorful mixtures turn solid, cut them into cubes and arrange them on top of the milk gelatin base. This will create the prism effect on your cake. Don’t forget to pour clear agar mixture on your cake to keep all layers intact. Store it in the fridge to solidify.

Some of his followers also shared their own versions of Tsunekawa’s prism cake.

Two-tone prism cakes look just as good as the rainbow ones.

Besides this customizable gelatin cake, Tsunekawa is also known for his cream sodas. You can check his profile here if you wish to follow more of his works and recipes.


Header photo courtesy of Hiroya Tsunekawa on Twitter

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