Have you heard of the bento cake trend? Nope ? Well, you are going to have fun! Surely you have already heard of the bento boxes that have been all the rage! Everyone has one at work and they come in all colors, patterns, shapes and sizes! Yes, you can most definitely bake a huge chocolate cake and enjoy yourself like never before! But if you want to make a creative little birthday (or Christmas!) gift, here’s a great alternative. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also very cute!
The bento appeared in Kamakura, Japan in the 12th century, when cooked rice and dried rice were transported together to work. Lacquered wooden boxes began to be made specifically for this purpose in the 16th century. School children came to use them, too, and in the early 20th century it was decided to ban them from schools, as they were seen as a reflection of family wealth over others. This practice ceased when schools began providing food. Lunchbox cakes first appeared in South Korea, being referred to as “take-out cake” or “not-to-share cake” due to their small size. The advantage of bento cakes is that you can offer them for any occasion, without the formality of a larger cake.
What is the bento box?
Simply put, bento is a single-serving packaged meal that is transported already assembled and ready to eat. Normally, the bento is composed of rice or noodles, accompanied by proteins such as fish, meat, eggs, nuts or beans. These two focal points are topped with a variety of pickled and cooked vegetables and some fruit, creating a balanced meal for healthy eating outside the home. Indeed, modern bentos can take inspiration from the Western world, such as the inclusion of sandwiches, crispy nachos, yogurts, green salads, etc. Beyond aesthetics and theme, there are a few principles to follow when composing a good bento meal. Variety is the key to a good bento! You need to buy the ingredients according to the season and have a lot of different items on hand in small quantities.
Bento box cake: recipes
The bento cake looks like an adorable gift and that’s because it is! Yes, the preparation of the cake may take some time, but imagine the face of the receiver! He will love it. A bento box cake gift shows that you’ve thought and worked hard to make the perfect gourmet gift! Instead of desperately looking for a Valentine’s Day gift or a birthday present for mom or dad, make one! All you need is a small box to store it. The decorations and aromas are up to you and the people you want to surprise!
Vanilla bento cake with red fruits
By the way, vanilla bento cakes are the most famous in Korea! They are very easy to make and absolutely delicious! So, impress your friends and loved ones with this amazing vanilla cake and make an amazing gift!
For the base of the cake:
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cups of sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Ovalette (Korean baking mix)
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons of milk
For the icing:
- 125g unsalted butter
- 125 g of vegetable fat
- 500g caster sugar
- ½ tablespoon of condensed milk
Vanilla cake bento box: preparation
- Mix the eggs, sugar, Ovalette and vanilla essence in a bowl.
- Add the sifted all-purpose flour, cocoa powder and baking powder to the dough, then stir in the mixture. Then add two tablespoons of oil and milk while mixing.
- Pour the batter into 3 different greased 4-inch pans and bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. Then let the cooked dessert cool before cutting it into 2 or 3 layers.
- For the buttercream, add unsalted butter to a bowl and beat for two minutes. Then add the vegetable oil. Beat for another three minutes until the cream is smooth. Gradually add sifted powdered sugar and stir until mixture thickens.
- Then add the condensed milk and vanilla essence before blending again until the buttercream becomes smooth and creamy.
- Finally, assemble the bento cake. Spread the buttercream on each layer and apply the first layer of frosting. After 15 minutes, add the final glaze, decorate and serve.
Chocolate pomegranate bento cake
For chocolate lovers: DeaVita presents a chocolate bento cake recipe that you won’t be able to resist!
For the cake:
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup neutral oil (like canola or grapeseed)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup whole sour cream
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of hot coffee
For the ganache:
- 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- a little light corn syrup (to keep the glaze smooth, optional)
- pomegranate arils, for garnish
Chocolate cake bento box: preparation
- Preheat the oven to 175°C and place a rack in the lower third of the oven.
- Line a 15cm round cake tin (with 5cm sides) with parchment paper on the bottom and lightly grease the sides with oil.
- Then, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the oil, sugar, crème fraîche, egg, vanilla and coffee.
- Combine the two bowls.
- Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for 25-30 minutes. It will start to pull away from the sides when cooked.
- Remove the cake from the pan by rocking it carefully in one hand. Remove the parchment paper from the bottom, then place it on a small cake stand.
- In a double boiler, combine the chopped chocolate, cream and corn syrup. Stir over medium heat until chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Pour the chocolate over the cake and garnish with pomegranate.
Aesthetic bento cake recipe
For the cake
- 140g softened butter
- 50g (3½ tbsp) coconut oil
- 200g (1 cup) sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 320 g (2⅓ cups) all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 240 g (1 cup) milk or buttermilk
- ½ teaspoon of salt
For the buttercream
- 400g softened butter
- 400g (3 cups) powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- A little milk if desired
For the glitter
- 400 – 500 g (3 – 4 cups) powdered sugar
- 1 egg white
- The juice of half a lemon
- Any flavor extract you prefer (vanilla, almond, etc.)
Aesthetic bento cake box: preparation
For the cake
- In a large bowl, combine the butter, oil, white sugar and vanilla.
- Add the eggs one by one.
- Add sifted dry ingredients and butter and stir to combine.
- Pour the cake batter into a greased 30cm x 25cm tin lined with parchment paper.
- Bake the cakes in a preheated oven at 150°C for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Don’t overcook.
- Let cool completely.
- Mix the egg white, powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add food coloring and flavorings if desired.
- Do the dustings.
For the buttercream
- In a bowl, beat the butter and vanilla extract for 2 minutes until the mixture is frothy and softened.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar and continue beating this mixture until smooth, creamy and well blended.
- For a looser frosting, add room temperature milk or a little heavy cream.
- Buttercream frosting can be made up to a week in advance. If you make this frosting ahead of time, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature before whisking it again.
- Once the cake is frozen, cover it and store it at room temperature.
To decorate your cake, use your imagination and your artistic talents! It might not be perfect, but it will look absolutely delicious!
In fact, decorating a bento cake isn’t much different than decorating a regular cake! You’ll just need smaller portions and save more money! But let’s be honest: it’s a win-win situation. However, we are still going to give you some tips to decorate your cake easily! Just to remind you! Or to help those in desperate need of cake decorating tips!
- Prepare the essentials: piping bag, food coloring, spatula, turntable stand.
- Make your own icing from scratch: it’s so much better!
- Get some parchment paper: you don’t want your cake sticking everywhere!
- Finally, have fun!
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