I have a big passion for cute food – it makes me immensely happy. Since moving to Perth, it’s a little bit harder for me to travel (most isolated city in the world, hello?) so I realised I won’t get to as many adorable themed restaurants as I used to. I’ve also had a bit of free time on my hands so I decided to try making cute food at home. I’m not very talented at cooking or baking so it took a few failures before I made something decent enough to share here, but hopefully I will have more success in the future – I have plenty of ideas!
If you’re not familiar with Gudetama it’s a Japanese character created by Sanrio, the makers of Hello Kitty. The name literally means “lazy egg” and that’s reflected in its personality. This article explains more. Personally, I think he’s adorable, and he’s now my second favorite character (the first being the wild pear fairy Funassyi)
This recipe can easily be adapted to your taste, the appearance is what matters. At the bottom is some apricot purée. Next, a layer of sponge cake soaked with apricot syrup and milk. And finally a layer of vanilla milk pudding with an apricot half poking through the surface. I made the face with melted white and dark chocolate painted on with a a toothpick.
(makes 2 puddings)
1 can of apricot halves in syrup
enough sponge cake to fill the bottom of the bowls
1 can of condensed milk
approx 400mls of milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
white and dark chocolate buttons
1. Mash up 1 or 2 tbsp of apricot halves per serving with a fork and put at the bottom of the bowl.
2. Put some sponge cake soaked in apricot syrup and milk (depending on your taste) on top of the puréed apricot layer.
3. Put one or two apricot halves in the middle of the bowl to create the “egg yolk” effect.
4. Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water according to the package instructions (around 5 tbsp of boiling water per sachet of gelatin). Make up the pudding to 450mls with milk, 4 tbsp of condensed milk and 1tsp of vanilla essence. You should alter this depending on what the gelatin packet says.
5. Pour the vanilla pudding mixture into the bowl until the apricot just peeks through. If bits of sponge or purée float to the top, you can add another layer after the first has set (this happened to me).
6. Leave to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
7. Draw Gudetama’s face by melting one disc of white and one of dark chocolate and using a toothpick.
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