3 Bento cake recipes from South Korea: How to make them at home with the kids

3 Bento cake recipes from South Korea: How to make them at home with the kids

Who said a cake could not be “a bite”? Small cakes for one serving, maximum for two – the new trend of the season. Bright, beautiful and so easy to prepare that you can cook them at least every day. Cooking bento cakes and enjoying love at every bite.

Strictly speaking, a bento cake is the same cake as any other, only smaller. The trend came to Russia from South Korea, where such portion cakes have long been revered. They are bought for their birthday, given to loved ones and simply taken with them to work, at a picnic or on the street.

One of the main features of bento cakes is the minimalist decor, the packaging in a lunch box with sugar cane and a wooden fork or spoon glued to the lid from the inside. It is strange that they did not think of adding napkins: then such a package would have no price at all. But candles, if you give such a cake to someone for a birthday, you should definitely place it.

So, three rules for making bento cake:

  1. The weight should not exceed 300-400 grams.
  2. Glaze or cream is used as decoration. And one more thing – a bento cake has the right to be not very regular, even careless.
  3. Lunch box packaging.

Bento Cake “Milk Girl”

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Extremely soft, with cakes with condensed milk and butter cream. Cooking and assembling it is a pleasure.

Ingredients

For test:

  • Condensed milk – 300 g
  • Eggs – 2 pieces.
  • Flour – 120 g
  • Baking powder – 5 g

For the cream:

  • Cottage cheese – 300 g
  • Cream (fat content 33%) – 150 g
  • Powdered sugar – 50 g

Pour the condensed milk into a bowl, add the eggs and pre-sifted flour mixed with the baking powder. Beat them all with a mixer until smooth. You will get a fairly thick dough.

Put it in a pan covered with a silicone mat and send it in the preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

While the cake is still warm, cut the cakes using a ring 10–12 cm in diameter. You should get 5 cakes.

If you feel sorry for the leftovers, then you can bake the pancakes right away. To do this, place the dough with a spoon on a baking sheet and spread in a circle to the desired size.

While the cakes are baking, let’s make the cream cheese. In a bowl send the cottage cheese, cream and powdered sugar, beat with a mixer for 3-5 minutes. You will get a fluffy airy cream. If you want, you can add food coloring, as we will use this cream not only when assembling the cake, but also as its decoration.

You can collect the cake on a special round stand, or just on a plate, which is better to coat with cream, so that the sweets do not creep.

So cream – cake – cream again – until the sweets are done. Particularly diligent cooks can apply several layers of cream with finely chopped fruit: kiwi, strawberries and bananas are perfect.

We coat the whole “Milk Girl” with cream, level it with a silicone spatula and send it in the fridge for a few hours so that our bento cake is completely soaked.

Bento cake with chocolate

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Wet, melted in the mouth, with citrus nuances – it’s just a feast for the sweet tooth. And yes, it’s not a shame to give such a cake for a birthday.

Ingredients:

  • egg – 2 pieces.
  • milky – 200 g
  • flour – 170 g
  • Sugar – 170 g
  • Cocoa – 35 g
  • Butter – 35 g
  • Vegetable oil – 35 g
  • dough for baking dough – 8 g

Orange cottage cheese:

  • Peel of 1 orange
  • egg – 1 pc.
  • Orange juice – 50 ml
  • Butter – 10 g
  • Sugar – 20 g

Cream:

Cottage cheese – 250 g

Cream 33% fat – 100 ml

Powdered sugar – 100 g

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients for the dough. Add the butter to the milk and send in the microwave for a minute. Separately, beat the eggs with sunflower oil. Pour the milk into this mixture and beat well again with a beater or mixer. It’s time to combine the dry and liquid mixture – you should get a homogeneous mass.

Put the dough in a baking dish – remember the maximum diameter is 12–15 cm. Put it in the oven for an hour at 170 degrees. Readiness is traditionally checked with a toothpick.

Allow the biscuit to cool slightly, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for a few hours.

While it cools, prepare the cottage cheese. Simply combine all the ingredients for it in a saucepan and let it thicken over low heat. Do not forget to mix. It is better to strain the finished kurdi through a sieve so that there are no neck pieces in it.

For the cream, mix the cottage cheese, powder and cream in a bowl, beat until it becomes a homogeneous fluffy mass. We close the film and send it to the refrigerator.

We take out the biscuit and cut it into thin cakes – you get 4-6 pieces.

Cover the first cake with cream, cover with the second. Cream again, a little cottage cheese and top with the third cake. Alternate until the sweets are done. Cover the cake with cream on all sides. Level the surface with a silicone spatula.

Try coloring the remaining cream for decoration with gel food coloring. Spectacular table service is guaranteed.

Bento cake with strawberry jam

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This bento cake is perfect for romantics, especially if you spend a little more time decorating. The indicated amount of ingredients is enough for two bento cakes at home.

Ingredients

For the biscuit:

  • egg – 2 pieces.
  • Sugar – 60 g
  • flour – 60 g
  • Salt – top
  • vanilla

For the strawberry jam:

  • puree with strawberries – 100 g
  • Starch – 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon

For the cream:

  • Butter -100 g
  • Cottage cheese – 300 g
  • Powdered sugar – 100 g

In a bowl, mix the eggs with the salt, sugar and vanilla, beat with a mixer until a large fluffy mass is obtained. Sift the flour in two stages, beating well each time. Pour the finished biscuit dough into paper Easter cake tins 10-12 cm in diameter or use a baking dish of the right size. Bake at 170 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Let the finished biscuit cool, and even better – send it to the fridge for a few hours.

Now we are preparing the strawberry secrets. To do this, you can use frozen strawberries and simply grind them in a blender. Mix with sugar and starch, set to simmer in a saucepan. After that, allow time to cool and thicken.

For the cream, first beat the butter with powdered sugar and then gradually add the cottage cheese. It is also better to send the finished cream for a short time in the refrigerator.

We cut the biscuit into cakes with a bread knife and continue with the assembly.

Cover the biscuit with cream using a pastry bag, turn it over and squeeze the configuration into its pit. Cover with the second cake and cover with cream on all sides. We send it in the fridge, and after an hour you can take it and already level the cake with cream. If a piece of cream has become red or pink with a paint, then you can draw a heart on a snow white cake or write a declaration of love.

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