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2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series:  This colorful concoction is called the Kö...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-12-15 03:02
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: 
This colorful concoction is called the Königs Krone. It's a tower of colorful choux buns (not profiteroles; big choux buns) filled with various flavored creams and covered with different icings. The base is sponge cake. It's huge and feeds a crowd...and it's sold out already, but was available from various Takashimaya department stores for 10,800 yen.

(Note that from this point on I may feature cakes that have already sold out...)


Bento on the Tokaido Shinkansen #Japan

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2014-12-14 08:55
Bento on the Tokaido Shinkansen #Japan


2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: I think the Noël de Pierre cake from Belgi...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2014-12-14 02:46
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series:
I think the Noël de Pierre cake from Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini is modern and adorable. It is a chocolate mousse cake with nougat that contains cacao nibs and "the happy sweetness of crème brûlée", whatever that means. It's covered with a glossy red-hued chocolate ganache. 6,300 yen.

http://www.pierremarcolini.jp/patisserie/cake/noeldepierre.html


2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: Called Mon Beau Sapin, this white tree-sh...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2014-12-13 03:26
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series:
Called Mon Beau Sapin, this white tree-shaped cake is a baked cheesecake with mascarpone cheese mousse, cinnamon-flavored sautéed apples and almond cookies.
From the Gourmet Shop at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo in Nihonbashi. 18cm diameter, 8,000 yen.

http://mandarinoriental-wedding.com/xmascake/


A legion of panettone baked, waiting to be wrapped #Yokohama I like the icing s...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-12-12 09:16
A legion of panettone baked, waiting to be wrapped #Yokohama I like the icing sugar on top (which is how it's often sold in Japan) because it looks like snow, even if Italians may object to the "inauthenticity"! (Panettone in France often has pearl sugar on top.)


2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: You can get a fruit and nut laden fruitcak...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:52
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: You can get a fruit and nut laden fruitcake that may also serve as a doorstop in Japan, if you are missing the ones you got at home. This one is from Club Harie (a bakery that's best known for their baumkuchen). 8.7 x 19.7 x 7.7cm, 4,104 yen. (Actually, if it's as good as their baumkuchen it should be delicious. Club Harie is based in Shiga prefecture, but they have stores in Tokyo area department stores too.)

http://clubharie.jp/products/christmascollection/index.html

Incidentally, you can get stollen and panettone quite easily in Japan too, if you are after traditional baked goods.


Drying gardenia pods #Japan

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2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series (Hello Kitty edition): There are several...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-12-11 02:55
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series (Hello Kitty edition):

There are several Hello Kitty Christmas cakes around of course, but this one is probably the most straightforward. Offered by Daiichi Pan nationwide (an industrial bakery), it's a sponge cake with apple preserves (because HK is a tall as 5 apples) and cream cheese buttercream between the layers, covered with white icing. 13.5cm diameter, 3,218 yen.

http://www.daiichipan.co.jp/?p=2962

Incidentally, if you are a big HK fan, you can stay in one of two Hello Kitty themed rooms at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku - a pink-themed Princess Kitty room, or a Kittytown room. (They also have an HK cake, as well as the princess-themed cakes I posted a few days ago.)

http://www.keioplaza.co.jp/stay/sanrio.html


I wrote about something that feels just weird to me - the butter shortage in Japan.

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2014-12-10 09:20
I wrote about something that feels just weird to me - the butter shortage in Japan.


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2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: I'm afraid the pre-order period for this...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2014-12-10 05:58
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series:
I'm afraid the pre-order period for this cake has ended already, but I thought it would be fun to take a look at anyway. It's a Miku Hatsune themed cake, called the Loving Heart Cake. As the name suggests it's a heart-shaped cake, with a strawberry mousse base and berry gelée. Fans probably had to have this cake for the Miku figurine that comes with it. It is sold by Family Mart, another convenience store (konbini) chain. 3,939 yen.

http://www.family.co.jp/goods/recommend/winter_catalog2014/index.html#catalog01


Fish on a stick! (ETA: It's a mackerel, cooked over an open fire)

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-12-09 09:47
Fish on a stick!

(ETA: It's a mackerel, cooked over an open fire)


2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: Here's another example of a cake that's m...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-12-09 06:43
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series:
Here's another example of a cake that's made by the pastry shop of a famous chef. This one is by Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux, and is available exclusively at the Nihonbashi branch of Mitsukoshi department store. The Forêt-Noire (basically it's a fancy Black Forest gateau) has layers of chocolate sponge with chocolate mousse and dark cherries and is covered with ganache. The "cherries" on top are vanilla mousse covered with cherry gelée. 6,480 yen.

http://mitsukoshi.mistore.jp/cake/product/4150900000000000000000176055.html?sp=1014043&rid=43716b25f46d4c3093e32c72866d2a1d

About Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux (it's on the 2nd floor of the ANA Inter-Continental Hotel in Akasaka): http://anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/rest/pierre_gagnaire_pg.html


Perfectly packaged strawberries #Yokohama

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-12-08 09:36
Perfectly packaged strawberries #Yokohama


2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: Takano is a fruit parlor - a fancy place w...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-12-08 01:38
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: Takano is a fruit parlor - a fancy place where you can enjoy the most beautifully presented fruit in season...at a price of course. This cake, limited to 10 only, is available at their main store in Shinjuku. It features musk melon and champagne mousse between layers of sponge cake, surrounded by strawberry flavored dacquoise. It's topped with lots of whipped cream, more melon and strawberries (and yes, it is strawberry season in Japan). 18cm diameter, 21,600 yen. (Top quality musk melon is really really expensive.)

http://takano.jp/xmas/honten.html


2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series: Back to the fancy expensive cakes! If you...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2014-12-07 02:40
2014 Christmas Cakes in Tokyo series:
Back to the fancy expensive cakes! If you or your loved ones just love pink, then perhaps one of these bûche from Ladurée are for you. The one on top of is the Bûche Marie Antoinette Rose; it contains layers of rose flavored macaron biscuit (the meringue-almond part) with rose petal flavored cream, raspberry confit, plus fresh litchi and raspberries, covered with almond paste. 6,588 yen for a 4-serving versio or 1,469 yen for a mini single serving version. (I don't see this listed on their website, but it has been in the food-press so I am assuming it does exist...)

The bottom one is a Bûche Mathilde; it has layers of macaron biscuit, raspberry mouse, passion fruit confit and cream, wrapped in almond paste and decorated with berries. 5,724 yen for a 4-serving size. (Note: this one violates the Tokyo rule since it's only available at their Nagoya store, but I included it for the pinkness.)

http://www.laduree.jp/


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