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Call them bento cakes, mini cakes, or minimalist cakes; these miniature sweet treats are a cross between the cupcake and the actual life-size cake but fit into a lunch box. Their gorgeous colour scheme makes them an aesthetic powerhouse, and the fact that they come cuddled in a lunch box adds to the appeal. They're extremely popular in South Korea, and given how powerful the Hallyu craze is, it's no wonder that many brilliant home chefs have caught up on the idea. How do you get yourself to cut into these beauties?
The lunchbox cake is a small joy in a box. If you find happiness in the small things, you will undoubtedly do so in this charming Korean treat. This eye-catching confection has recently dominated social media feeds, and you will often see it embellished with lovely decorations. It'll brighten up your day, whether it's for a casual picnic or a little party.
'Bento' is a Japanese term which means 'convenient'. A Bento box holds a single-serve meal that can be prepared at home or ordered from a restaurant in Japan. The trend has been around for a year now as people are raving over these small and colourful treats. The approach quickly gained traction in neighbouring nations, including China, South Korea, and Taiwan. South Korea took it a step further by transforming them into adorable lunch boxes for on-the-go cakes.
These bite-sized cakes, neatly cooked to the size of a takeaway box, are all the rage in desserts today. They can be baked to fit any theme or occasion. Bento cakes can be turned into ideal party cakes, anniversary cakes, and birthday cakes for casual get-togethers, birthdays, or anniversaries.
Bento cakes are simple to bake, create, and embellish, making them ideal for novices or amateurs. You can check for step-by-step instructions available on the internet. Here is a brief version of the preparation. You will need standard cake making ingredients such as yoghurt, vegetable oil, baking powder, buttermilk, sugar, cocoa powder, and refined flour. In essence, you might want to use vanilla.
First, mix the oil, the essence, sugar, and buttermilk, and whisk them till they form a smooth mixture. Sieve and add refined flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and soda to another bowl. Combine these together with some milk till it forms a smooth batter. After that, mix the ingredients of both the bowls together and when you do this, make sure there are no lumps. Now, take a baking tray, pour the batter into it and bake it for 15 to 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Now, combine whipped cream and sugar for the dressing and whisk until you visualise peaks. Transfer these into a piping bag and adorn the cooled cake in the way you wish.
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