DIY Candy Cakes05 March, 2012 by Chad
Some time ago, this DIY Sushi Candy caught our attention when videos of it went viral on the internet. At the request of my little sister, we bought a whole bunch of these different candy toys to experiment with. I uploaded a video of her giving it a try to show that it wasn’t nearly as easy as it seemed. And while the video attracted nearly a million views, we also attracted dozens of nasty comments and racist remarks. So it’s no surprise if she wasn’t exactly excited to continue. But with boxes of these sweets still lying around, I figured I might as well give our readers a look at some myself.
Today, we take a look at Kracie POPIN’ COOKIN’ Tanoshii Keekiyasan (たのしいケーキやさん) which loosely translates to Fun Cake Maker. Despite the name, the main DIY item advertised on the gaudy box cover is a soft cream cone. Let’s see how fun it really is.
There are far fewer steps in this kit when compared to the DIY Taiyaki or Kracie’s sushi equivalent as most of the ingredients here already come pre-made. The most fun step is probably creating the “icing”, which involves stirring the two sachets of powder with water to create a starchy mixture. This is followed by the difficult task of actually getting the sticky paste into the small plastic sleeve which serves as a pipping bag. I expected the plastic sleeve to be separate into two halves (one for each colored icing) but it wasn’t.
Looking around at other people’s attempts, most didn’t fare any better. You’re going to have to go through many boxes before reaching the proficiency of RRCherryPie. For a first timer, it’s a really messy endeavor. While I would normally refrain from calling food disgusting, like the other candy toys it’s not exactly appetizing.
After you’ve got the starchy paste into the bag, it’s just a matter of squeezing it onto the wafer cones and sprinkling some sprinkles on top. The paste doesn’t really harden or anything so there is no real magical step. It’d be a lot more appetizing if it actually worked as proper icing should.
There are two more creations out of each box. One’s a tart and for the other we’re supposed to cut up the wafer sheets inside and stack them up to form a really tiny cake. This requires the most effort to create but ends up the least impressive of the three. It seems to be more of an afterthought for the creators.
Like the other candy toys in the Popin’ Cookin’ series, Tanoshii Keekiyasan costs about 200 yen a box. It’s not much to pay for the amusement you get out of it. But just don’t expect to want to eat it after.
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