Icing on the Cake

Cake. Who would have thought, the simplest of ingredients would make one of the best foods ever invented! One mouthful of this dessert and your senses go on overdrive… sight, smell, taste!

I LOVE love love walking through the food section of department stores in Japan. You can buy anything from premium meats to high-end quiches to fancy pastries. Gourmet everything, basically. But I go for one thing… The perfectly crafted desserts. Detail like you wouldn’t believe and all the colours of the rainbow! Cheesecakes. Chiffon cakes. Tarts. Roll cakes. Fruitcakes. Sponge cakes. Red bean sweets.

The basement of Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku has the most impressive gourmet food hall I’ve ever seen. Tokyu Food Show under Shibuya Station is another food heaven. These places are expensive, for sure, but I can’t help but go at least once a month to indulge in one or two heavenly sweets. It’s also at places like this that you can find ridiculously expensive items like $20 bunches of grapes, $300 mushrooms, and $100 square watermelons!

Living in Japan is awesome, and these cakes shops… well, are just the icing on the cake. :-)

Foodies, sorry in advance for any drooling you might experience…

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Macaroon cakes at Isetan, Shinjuku

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Gateaux at Tokamachi, Niigata

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Quickly going! Closing time at Isetan, Shinjuku

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Eye candy at Tokyu Food Show, Shibuya

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Sweets galore at Tokyu Food Show, Shibuya

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Baby snowman at a patisserie in Tokamachi, Niigata

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Vegetable cake (tomato and spinach) at Patisserie Potager, Nakameguro

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Scrumptious chiffon cake

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Christmas-themed cakes

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Hinamatsuri (Girls Day)-themed cake

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14 thoughts on “Icing on the Cake

    • UNFORTUNATELY [ or fortunately depending on your view on sugar] Japanese cakes LOOK better than they taste,…. not to say they are not nice , it is just the sweetness level is much much lower than what a Westerner would expect, one does get used to it after years & lower sugar / sweetness taste is great till you eat another cake @ home & get sugar overload.

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      • Are you kidding?! haha. A lot of my American friends comment on how less sweet Japanese cakes are, but from my memory I don’t recall cakes in Australia being that much of a sugar overload… I think Japanese cakes are amazingly delicious!!!

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    • It’s all about self-control, that’s for sure. It’s a good thing these food halls are usually in the basement of department stores, hidden from view!

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  1. トマトと ほうれん草(そう)の 入った 野菜(やさい)ケーキは、サンドイッチのように見えます。
    どんな味がするか、たべてみたいです。わたしは、ストロベリーショートケーキが 一番すきです。
    ひな祭りと 雪だるまのケーキが とても かわいいですね。
    「コーヒーを 二杯(にはい)に トライフルとチーズケーキを ください。」「おいくらですか。」

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    • 野菜のケーキは食べやすくてとても美味しかったです!かぼちゃのアイスケーキやアスパラのタルトなど売っています。面白いですね。

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