This week yet again on a Monday, we will be looking at more delicious anime food. This time we have the classic cooking show, Shokugeki no Souma to entice us. Each week here, we consider the delicious food that we see in anime that we cannot resist wanting to sink our teeth into. This is anime recipes from Honey’s Anime. While Shokugeki no Souma may be off air currently, it is coming back for the latter half of the third season, Totsuki Ressha-hen in April. Before you know it, they will be back at it, so why not look back on the delicious food from it while we wait? Let’s go.
Strawberry Cake from Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara (Food Wars! The Third Plate)
Strawberry Cake, or even cake itself, does appear that it would be out of line with the rest of confections that are traditionally Japanese such as mochi, daifuku, kurikinton, and more. However, due to western influence centuries ago, fruit cakes were introduced and it was none other than the humble strawberry that exploded in popularity and for a very specific reason: it is nowhere as sweet as other fruits like bananas, apples, and pears. While the other fruits are enjoyed widely, it is the strawberry that is seen everywhere. There are many reasons that can be raised as to why it is so popular, but we can say with confidence that it is most likely due to how strawberries are not overwhelmingly sweet and carry a subtle flavor in them. That is the main characteristic sought in a Japanese sweet: sweet, but not overwhelmingly. You can see to by the ingredients list below.
What You Will Need:( For the sponge cake)
If you are an individual who finds plain cakes rather dull, then feel free to add in a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder to the heavy cream in order to get a chocolate flair. You can also decorate the bottom half white and the upper half black. It is up to you. Another option would be to decorate the cake with chocolate dipped strawberries in lieu of simply plain ones on top. However, the choice is yours!
How to Cook It:
1We will start with the sponge cake. Melt the butter in either your microwave or in a frying pan on low heat.
2Mix together the eggs and sugar and mix thoroughly until fully blended.
3Now, add in your flour stirring constantly until smooth. A spatula is recommended to be able to cut the dough as much as possible.
4Next, take the butter that you melted and coat a cake pan, ideally a round one, with the butter. Pour any remaining butter into the dough and mix well.
5Next, pour the batter into your cake pan and bake at 180C (350F) for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. The toothpick test also works here.
6Next, wash your strawberries and remove the stems. Slice a few and set aside for a middle layer.
7Mix together the heavy cream and sugar necessary for the frosting.
8Once your cake has cooled, slice it in half and coat the top and sides with the frosting that you just created. Then, place the sliced strawberries on top.
9Next, place the other half of the cake on top and frost it and the sides concealing the strawberries in the middle.
10Decorate the top as you see fit and then place your strawberries upside-down on top of the cake. (The tips should be facing upwards)
(Note: Take care not to burn yourself on the cake or oven. Also, do not frost the cake until it has cooled fully or the frosting will just melt. )