Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Pound Cake For Halloween
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
In this recipe, I will show you how to make the perfect treat for Halloween: a pumpkin and cream cheese pound cake, finished with cute bats and a ghost. This is a super easy recipe that can be made by simply putting everything into a blender and baking it in the oven. By the end of you you will have yourself a Halloween-themed rich pound cake as soft as Japanese pudding.
1: Ingredients (Makes one 22cm pound cake)
150g cream cheese
250g cooked pumpkin (skin and seeds removed)
150ml fresh cream
20g soft wheat flour
2: Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender
3: Once the mix takes on a smooth texture, pour into a cake tin and bake at 180℃ for 40 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool, then leave in the fridge overnight.
4: Once the cake has set, slice a piece and add your dollop of fresh cream for your ghost and decorate.
To see how I did the toppings, check the video I made above. Once your cute toppings are done, your cake is ready to enjoy!
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27
Report: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Tasty Time in Gastropolis Kobe – Sweets Edition
Kobe is filled with famous sightseeing spots like the nostalgic Ijinkan neighborhood and port. The city is packed with fashionable shops and restaurants and is highly regarded for its selection of tasty sweets!
The port city, with over 150 years of history, has fostered a unique and diverse culinary culture.
Recently, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu began starring in a series of promotional videos for the Gastropolis Kobe project. The artist traveled to the city to partake in plenty of delicious treats, and MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON went along for the ride! Here are some of the singer’s favorite spots around town.
Kobe, known as a city where East meets West, is lined with sweets shops that are unique to the area.
The tea salon TOOTH TOOTH Dekoboko Sabo opened in 2019 in the Kobe City Museum and offers a menu that mixes Western food and sweets with tea and ingredients from traditional Japanese cuisine. Kyary ordered the Dekoboko Sabo Afternoon Tea Set, a collection of western sweets blended with the essence of traditional Japanese flavors. Guests are invited to enjoy their tea and sweets in a one-of-a-kind space filled with Meiji period flare and retro Western furniture. Those interested will need to make a reservation, so be sure to remember the next time you’re in Kobe.
TOOTH TOOTH Decoboco Sabo
Address: 24 Kyomachi, Chuo Ward, Kobe (Inside the Kobe City Museum)
Hours: 9:30-17:30 (Last Order at 16:30)
Official Site: https://toothtooth.com/restaurant/decoboco-sabo
The next stop was Kobe Nankin-machi, one of the three major Chinatowns in Japan. Kobe MILK is known nationwide for its Apricot Pudding, which is made with local ingredients. The raw apricot pudding is mixed with milk brought from the foot of Mt. Rokko and other ingredients from Hyogo Prefecture. Of course, Kyary ordered some, and was amazed by its fluffy texture. You can only enjoy it in Kobe–also, the shop sells other puddings mixed with seasonal fruits, so don’t miss those either!
Address: Shin-Motomachi Building 1F (1 Motomachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe)
Hours: Weekdays 9:30-19:00 / Weekends 9:30-19:30
Official Site: https://kobe-milk.com
For Kyary’s final stop, the singer visited the Moore House, a cafe located in a building with over 100 years of history. Guests are surrounded by greenery, and the Western-style building is incredibly elegant. The Strawberry Mille-feuille Kyary ordered was created by an expert patissier and based on the strawberry mille-feuille recipe from the legendary French restaurant Maxim’s de Paris in Ginza. A generous amount of custard cream complements the crispy pie crust and enhances the sweetness of the fresh strawberries. We’d recommend it with a glass of champagne–if you’re of age.
Kitano Ijin-kan Moore House
Address: 2-9-3 Kitanocho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Official Site: https://www.kitanomoore.com/cafe/
The streets of Kobe are packed with sweets that you can only enjoy if you visit. Why not come experience these incredible spots like Kyary did?
Kobe Sweets Trailer: https://youtu.be/Sx9B1ZdAvlI
ANNA’S by Landtmann in Shibuya Scramble Square Now Offering Halloween Sweets
11.October.2022 | FOOD
ANNA’S by Landtmann, a cafe located inside +Q Beauty on the 6th floor of Shibuya Scramble Square, has begun selling two Halloween cakes! These spooky sweets will be available until October 31, 2022.
Halloween Mont Blanc
Halloween Poison Apple
Guests will be able to snag the Halloween Mont Blanc and Halloween Poison Apple cakes, available for ¥580 each including tax. The Mont Blanc is filled with pumpkin custard and Chantilly cream. The Poison Apple is a sweet and sour cake featuring a blend of chocolate mousse covered in red glaze and applesauce with apple pulp.
Which of these two adorable cakes would you like to enjoy this autumn?
ANNA’S by Landtmann Halloween Cakes
Available: October 4 – October 31, 2022
Official Site: https://www.giraud.co.jp/annas/
Second Sylvanian Families Sweets Buffet to Open with a Christmas Theme
11.October.2022 | FASHION
Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo will hold a special Christmas-themed Sylvanian Families buffet starting November 1, 2022. This is the second Sylvanian Families event following the previous Halloween-themed buffet, which became extremely popular. Some guests even bring their own Sylvanian Families dolls!
Starting in November, visitors can enjoy a full lineup of 20 scrumptious dishes inspired by the cake shop found in Sylvania Village. Some sweets are also inspired by the many beloved characters found in the series, and anyone wanting to get into the Christmas spirit won’t want to miss this exclusive event. For those without a sweet tooth, some light lunches will also be available.
The restaurant will also erect a decorative display of Sylvanian Families enjoying a Christmas party and a sweet diorama made exclusively of desserts by the pasty chef. Guests can enjoy tea time while getting lost in this magical world, so get excited about the Christmas season!
1. Sweets Inspired by the World of Sylvanian Families
2. Become Enthralled by a Wonderful Winter World of Sweets
3. Exclusive! Sweets Diorama and Sylvanian Families Photo Spot
4. Light Meals Perfect for Winter and Burgers Featuring Original Illustrations
5. A Special Plan to Enjoy the Buffet with Sylvanian Families Babies
Sweets Collection with Sylvanian Families
Running: November 1 – December 31, 2022
Venue: Keio Plaza Hotel’s Jurin Restaurant
Price: ¥5,500 (Adults) / ¥3,000 (Children 4-12) *Children under 3 free
Colorful and Cute Halloween Menu Now Available at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki
Nagasaki’s Huis Ten Bosch is now offering up some tasty and colorful autumn sweets! Visitors can enjoy the feel of an authentic European Halloween at the Netherlands-inspired theme park for a limited time only.
Forest Fantasia Cafe’s Sorciere Sweet Potato au Lait
Cafe Deli Plus’s Halloween Party Parfait
Madame Chocolat’s Special Halloween Parfait at the Former Residence of Madame Chocolat
Chestnut Witch Hat at Bikken Bikken
Akanbe Burger at Bikken Bikken
The Exciting Halloween Burger with Colorful Veggies and Pumpkin at dam
Jack-o’-lantern Shrimp Cheese Fondue at Gokuu
Halloween Lunch and Dessert Buffet at Anchors Lounge
Ghostly Forest Carnival Pasta at Pinoccio
Halloween Ghost Curry at Tottotto
This Halloween menu features a wide variety of seasonal ingredients. Why not enjoy the autumn season to the fullest by having your fill?
Halloween in the City of Flowers ~Autumn Harvest Festival~
Running: September 10 – November 4, 2022
Venue: Huis Ten Bosch
Official Site: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/
Terrifying Halloween Night Yokai Tour to be Held at Kokuminshukusha Shodoshima in Kagawa Prefecture
In conjunction with the autumn segment of Setouchi Triennale 2022, the Yokai Halloween 2022 event will be held for the first time at the Yokai Art Museum in Shodoshima in Kagawa. During the event, guests can take part in the Halloween Night Yokai Tour on Saturdays, which will invite them to transform into terrifying ghouls! Each guest will receive a yokai mask and will be tasked to test their courage in this unique Halloween event. Those visiting the museum in costume will receive a discount, and visitors can also enjoy some spooky treats at the Yokai Bar. This is one museum horror fans won’t want to miss!
Visit the Yokai Art Museum at Night
Unlike daytime, the Yokai Art Museum is filled with a mysterious energy at night. With a flashlight in hand, staff members will lead guests on a tour through the museum, which exhibits more than 800 yokai sculptures. Visitors can wear yokai masks and costumes, and unlike a haunted house, you won’t need to worry about yokai jumping out at you. However, the staff may ask you to keep an eye out for anything mysterious. Guests are permitted to take as many photos as they like inside the museum, so be sure to share your experience on social media!
Too Realistic! Enjoy Finger Cookies at the Yokai Bar
At the Yokai Bar attached to the museum, guests can find these terrifying finger cookies! These were made in collaboration with FUJI, a popular snack shop in Shidoshima. While tasty, they might be a little too realistic for some people. These will be available in two flavors: spicy and sweet.
Rent a Halloween Lantern for Free
A Night Walk through the Shidoshima Maze will invite visitors to carry a Halloween-themed lantern through the town. This event is being held to promote tourism in the town at night, and lanterns will be free to rent! These will be available in different colors from the first floor of the nearby Shodoshima International Hotel. Shodoshima, known as the City of Mazes, has over 60 streets with three-way intersections and many mysterious alleys. Walking through the town at night will be an experience you’ll never forget, especially during the spookiest time of the year!
Halloween Night Yokai Tour
Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / November 5
Time: 20:00 at the Yokai Art Museum (Please reserve your spot by 20:00.)
Venue: Yokai Art Museum (298 Kou, Tonosho, Shozu District, Kagawa)
Price: Adults ¥3400 / Middle/High School Students ¥1,950 / Elementary Students and Under are free (Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)
*Fee includes admission, yokai masks, and the tour.
Details/Reserve Tickets: https://www.asoview.com/channel/tickets/eZLNyX5SzG/
*The tour will feature parts of buildings 1-4 and will be led by staff members. Fee includes admission to the museum. Guests can enjoy the museum both before and after the tour, and may re-enter the museum only on the same day.
NAKED’s Halloween Event Coming to Tokyo Tower for a Limited Time
22.September.2022 | SPOT
Digital art collective NAKED will hold a special Halloween projection mapping show at Tokyo Tower! The Tokyo Tower City Light Fantasia ~Halloween Party 2022~ event will run from September 16 until October 31 on the 2nd floor of the tower’s main deck.
NAKED has collaborated with Tokyo Tower in the past to create shows inspired by the seasons. These incredible illuminations captivate audiences at night, and this fall, visitors will be captivated by autumn leaves dancing in the breeze along with silvergrass swaying and the sound of chirping insects. The scene will eventually change into something more spooky–a ghost will appear alongside witches, bats, and pumpkins! The main deck will be enveloped in Halloween colors perfect for a fall photoshoot!
TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Halloween Party 2022~
Venue: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150m), 2F North Side Floor
Running: September 16 – October 31, 2022
September 16 – September 30 / 18:00-Close
October 1 – October 31 / 17:30-Close
Entry: Guests can enjoy the main deck for only the price of entry to the observation deck.
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba to Hold Second Touken Ranbu ONLINE Collaboration Sweets Buffet
20.September.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD
From October 21 until November 30, 2022, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba will hold the Touken Ranbu ONLINE Special Buffet ~Black & White~ event! This second collaboration with the popular series will be held Grillogy Bar and Grill on the second floor.
Drink Order Bonus: Original Coaster (8 varieties)
At the buffet, guests can enjoy luxurious dishes inspired by characters from the sword-centered game and anime series. The desserts blend Japanese and Western cuisine, and special cocktails will be available during the first phase, each coming with a special coaster as a bonus! In addition, original goods will be on sale at the venue, so don’t miss it!
Touken Ranbu ONLINE Special Buffet ~Black & White~
Running: October 21 – November 30, 2022
Reservation Start Dates and Times:
Lottery Opens: September 16, 12:00~
General Reservations Open: October 6, 12:00~
*Lottery reservations and general reservations will be open
for the first and second runs.
*Please see the official website for the full reservation schedule.
Venue: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba 2F Restaurant, Grillogy Bar and Grill
Online Shop: https://touken-yorozuya.com/
Sanrio Puroland Begins Autumn’s Puro Halloween Event
15.September.2022 | SPOT
From September 9 until November 1, Sanrio Puroland is celebrating the spookiest season of the year with the Puro Halloween event. On the first day of the event, guests immediately showed up to enjoy the new additions to the park, including the light show, Halloween photo spot, and an exclusive food menu filled with autumn flavors.
The theme of this year’s event is the popular Halloween phrase “Trick or Treat!” Popular Sanrio characters are all dressed up in spooky costumes, with each joining Team Trick or Team Treat!
First Set of Seasonal Goods (Costume ver.)
At Puro Village, guests can see the incredible Trick or Treat light show, perfect for getting into the Halloween mood!
Fairyland Theater will present the new ‘Let’s Trick or Treat’ stage show as well, with Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel dressed in new costumes as they dance and play games with each other.
‘Vampire Butler Cafe ~Broken Rules~’ Immersive Horror Experience
Along with these new shows, those looking for a fright can visit the Vampire Butler Cafe, Puroland’s first immersive horror show featuring handsome actors dressed as vampires. This will only be open after Puroland closes, and only on select dates. Younger children can also enjoy a special candy-catching event sure to excite!
Starting October 1, a Halloween version of the Mewkledreamy March stage show will wow audiences. Everyone’s favorite characters Mew, Peko, and Su will appear in new costumes, so don’t miss it!
Limited Time Food Menu
Limited Time Photo Spot
In the Rainbow Hall on the third floor, guests can take pictures a bright orange and purple photo spot. In the Character Food Court on the first floor, new menu items are available, served on decorated tables. The limited food menu offers everything from Meatball Curry to a Luxurious Sweet Potato Parfait. If you like autumn treats, be sure to enjoy while taking some pictures to post on social media!
Come enjoy the Halloween season with your favorite Sanrio characters, and don’t forget to say “Trick or Treat!”
© 2022 SANRIO CO., LTD. TOKYO, JAPAN MMP,TX 著作 株式会社サンリオ
Running: September 9 – November 1, 2022
Official Site: https://www.puroland.jp
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel to Hold Halloween Sweets Fair in October
From October 1 until October 31, Yokohama Royal Park Hotel will hold a special Halloween Fair at its delicatessen and lounge Coffret. In addition to six playful sweets from the Halloween Frankenstein to the Halloween Mummy, two types of autumn bread featuring pumpkin and purple sweet potato will be available, allowing guests to enjoy the taste of the season!
Halloween Mont Blanc
Halloween Pound Cake
Pumpkin Cream Fondue / Halloween Anpan
Come enjoy this Halloween with some cute and silly sweets!
Running: October 1 – October 31, 2022
Venue: Coffret Delicatessen and Lounge, 1F
Hours: Lounge 10:00-20:00 (*Cakes served starting at 11:00) /
Reservations: 045-221-1111 (Representatives available 11:00-20:00)
Tsujiri Reveals Colorful Autumn Parfait Using Purple Sweet Potatoes
08.September.2022 | FOOD
Tsujiri, a staple of Uji, Kyoto, has announced an exclusive autumn menu! Guests can enjoy the Tsujiri Soft Autumn Parfait, the Kyo Latte Smoothie with Purple Sweet Potato, and the Kyo Latte with Hojicha at the Kyoto location and three other stores starting September 1, 2022.
Tsujiri Limited Time Autumn Menu
These three limited-time items are filled with fall flavors. The Tsujiri Soft Autumn Parfait is filled with Uji green tea carefully selected by tea masters and topped with purple sweet potato paste, sweet potato nectar, and other gorgeous goodies.
The Kyo Latte Smoothie with Purple Sweet Potato features an autumn-only flavor combining purple sweet potato bean paste, cream, and sweet potato nectar with Tsujiri’s matcha green tea smoothie. The Hojicha version is made with luxurious Uji Hojicha and milk for a soothing experience.
Enjoy autumn with these tasty treats filled with seasonal flavors!
Tsujiri Kyoto Store
Address: 215 Nakanocho, Kyoto
Tsujiri Kyoto Tower Sando
Address: Kyoto Tower Sando Building 1F (721-1 Higashishiokojicho,
Tsujiri arde! Shin-Osaka
Address: arde! Shin-Osaka, JR Shin-Osaka Station 2F (5-16-1 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka)
*The autumn menu is not available at the Uji location or the Naha Airport location.
Q-pot CAFE to Offer Cute Halloween Sweets to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
05.September.2022 | FOOD
Q-pot CAFE in Omotesando will be offering up some Halloween treats to celebrate the location’s 10th anniversary! Guests will be able to sample these special sweets from September 3 until October 31, 2022.
Happy Halloween! Afternoon Tea Set
The festive Happy Halloween afternoon tea features pink Jack-o’-lantern macarons and other Halloween-inspired sweets.
Fluffy Floating Ghost Plate (Drink Included)
The adorable ghost is made from fluffy milk mousse covered with gyuhi, a typical ingredient in Japanese sweets made from rice flour. Inside is blackcurrant and redcurrant jelly with an incredibly sweet and sour flavor.
Black Devil Tea Mocha
Featuring large devil wings, this tasty and eye-catching beverage is a mix of black tea, chocolate, and milk. When the cocoa cream melts, the taste changes to something creamy and cozy, perfect for the autumn months.
Shimmering Blueberry & Grapefruit Soda
This refreshing sweet and sour drink combines blueberries and pink grapefruit along with soda and pearl powder.
Come enjoy Halloween while celebrating the cafe’s 10th anniversary!
Q-pot CAFE 10th Halloween Menu
Location: Q-pot CAFE Omotesando
Running: September 3 – October 31, 2022
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Order at 18:30)
Sanrio Characters to Celebrate Halloween with Special Campaign
04.September.2022 | FASHION
Namco will be releasing some exclusive Halloween prizes featuring everyone’s favorite Sanrio characters! The Halloween event will run from September 9 until October 31 at around 200 Namco Amusement Centers nationwide and on the Torumo online crane game mall.
During the campaign, exclusive prizes featuring brand-new designs of popular Sanrio characters will be available in crane game machines!
When ¥500 is inserted into select crane games using the link function of the Namco Point app, an original sticker will be gifted to players! Starting September 16, those collecting three of these original stickers will receive an original pin that looks just like candy! All guests need to do is show their stickers to the staff.
Exclusive Clear Shopping Bag (3 varieties)
Original Sticker (5 varieties)
Original Candy Pin (5 varieties)
Prizes will also be available from Torumo, an online crane game mall. In addition, a present campaign will be held to select winners to receive a special blanket! To enter, all you need to do is play the target machine three times. During the campaign period, by following a participating store on the Namco Point app, customers will receive a limited edition shopping bag!
Come grab some of these Halloween goods and show off your Sanrio love!
ⓒ ’22 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPR. NO. L633490
©Bandai Namco Amusement Inc.
Namco de Halloween 2022 ~Night of Kawaii Creatures~
Running: September 9 – October 31, 2022
Participating Locations: Namco Amusement Centers nationwide (200 locations), Torumo online crane game mall