3-Layer Heart Shaped cake

3-Layer Heart Shaped cake

A bento item that's as cute as a wedding cake. You can vary this by using other things as the 'cake layers' besides hanpen - the possibilities are endless.


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Decorations (mentaiko spicy salted cod roe, crabsticks, bubu-arare (tiny colorful rice cracker) etc.
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1. Make cutouts from the hanpen using differently sized heart-shaped cutters.
2. Stack up the layers, secure with a decorative pick of your choice, and decorate.
3. This one is decorated with mentaiko.
4. I make small cutouts from a crabstick using a straw, and used them as decoration.
5. The third layer here is a slice of ham, and I used colored sugar dragées as decoration...
6. ....but I don't recommend using dragées, since the color melts off over time.
7. The pick I used for this one was too long, so I boosted up the bottom with lettuce leaves.
8. Here's another picture.
9. I put one in my daughter's bentos. The topping uses is sujiko (salmon roe)!
10. If you make this with satsuma-age, it will look like a miniature cheesecake.
11. I found this at the supermarket. It's a local Kansai item called "bettora". If I make the 'cake' with this...
12. ..see? It looke like a cheesecake!
13. I covered a hamburger steak with sauce and made a 'chocolate cake' version.

Story Behind this Recipe

The inspiration for this came when I saw some heart-shaped cutters of varying sizes.