Stay Home: 6 Fun Character Dessert Recipes to Try During the Lockdown

11.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we post news and information about Japan in six languages. Our aim is to deliver a variety of content related to Japan for those who love and enjoy Japanese culture.

 

Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan.

 

The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

 

We have picked 6 character recipes from our popular Kaori’s Easy Recipe series where Kaori shows us how to turn delicious desserts into cute characters.

 

1: Disney Tsum Tsum Chocolate Covered Cookies

Ingredients:

・Silicone cupcake case (6cm size used for this recipe)・White chocolate・Matcha chocolate・Marble chocolate・Chocolate plastic (also called “modelling chocolate”)・Chocolate pen・Oreo cookies・Pink, yellow, blue and green food colouring

 

This is a super simple recipe which requires you to melt chocolate, put it in a cupcake case, let is set, and decorateーthat’s it! This is a fun one to do together with your kids.

 

Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/215213

 

2: Pompompurin Pumpkin Tarts

Ingredients:

・12 Tart shells・150g Pumpkin (deseeded, skin taken off and made soft)・50ml Fresh cream (In this recipe I used soy milk)・20-30g Sugar (Depending on the sweetness of the pumpkin)・1 Egg yolk (small egg)・Sliced Chocolate・Tinned yellow peach

 

Soften some pumpkin in the microwave and add sugar, fresh cream, and egg yolk. Place into some store-bought tart shells, draw on faces, and you have yourself some adorable Pompompurin tarts.

 

Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107177

 

3: Korilakkuma Coffee Jelly Parfait

Ingredients:

・Coffee Jelly・Chocolate Pens・Milk・Ice Cream

 

A super simple parfait made using store-bought coffee jelly. There’s a bit of technical work that goes into making Korilakkuma’s face, but Kaori shows you how to do it nice and easy.

 

Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/118421

 

4: Hello Kitty Fruit Sandwich

Ingredients:

・Sliced bread・Strawberries・Fresh cream・Sliced cheddar cheese・Chocolate sheets・Cutter

 

You’ll never want to slice your bread any other way after following this recipe. Hello Kitty is topped with freshly sliced strawberries, fresh cream, and other delights.

 

Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/38348

 

5: Totoro Black Sesame Seed Pudding

Ingredients
・Black Sesame Purin Mix (purchased from Daiso)・Milk・Pura Chocolate (Swiss chocolate also fine)・Transparent Jar (Weck jar used)・Almonds・Fresh Cream・Fruits of your choice

 

Totoro’s features are made with little chocolates and chocolate pens. Those are added to turn the entire glass into a cute Totoro pudding dessert♡

 

Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/120542

 

6: Mickey & Minnie Mouse Cookie Cupcakes

Ingredients (Makes 6 cupcakes measured 7cm):
・2 medium eggs (40g egg yolk/60g egg white)・60g granulated sugar・2tsp vegetable oil・1-2tsp lemon juice・45g weak flour

 

The recipe shows you how to make the actual cupcake, but store-bought ones work too. The Mickey and Minnie decorations are made from Oreos and marble chocolate.

Full Recipe: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/292614

 

 

Bring the cafe experience to your own home with one of Kaori’s easy recipes. See more of her recipes here: Kaori’s Easy Recipe

 

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

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  • Kaori’s Easy Valentine’s Recipe: Learn to Make Strawberry Milk Chocolate Pudding

    13.February.2021 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you how to make Strawberry Milk Chocolate Pudding, a delicious recipe whipped up with love for Valentine’s Day.

     

    Ingredients

    ✩Ingredients For Chocolate Pudding
    35g chocolate
    300ml milk
    30g-35g granulated salt
    5g gelatine (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)

     

    ✩Ingredients For Strawberry Pudding
    100g strawberries (fresh or frozen)
    350ml milk
    30g-35g granulated salt
    5g gelatine (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)

    Weck jars for the dessert.

     

    1

    First, we’ll make the chocolate pudding.

     

    Put the milk and granulated sugar into a pot and heat on the hob until the sugar melts. Turn the heat off, throw in the chocolate, and allow to fully melt. Once melted and the mixture is cooled, add the gelatine to dissolve.

     

    2

    Now, we’ll make the strawberry pudding.

     

    Put the milk and granulated sugar into a pot and heat on the hob until the sugar melts.

    Add the mix to a blender with the strawberries and blitz. Add back onto the hob and heat through slightly. Allow the mixture to cool then add the gelatine to dissolve.

     

    3

    Once both mixtures are completely cooled, add them to the jars in an alternating pattern and chill until set.

    ⚠️Make sure the dessert is completely set and not runny before serving. About an hour each in the refrigerator should be sufficient.

    Top with cream and strawberries and enjoy!

     

    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 → @kaopan72

  • Kaori’s Easy Valentine’s Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Sticks

    05.February.2021 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you a simple recipe for Valentine’s Day made with ingredients bought entirely from the 100 yen store Seria. I call it the “Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Stick.”

     

    Ingredients

    Square mould from Seria (makes six sticks)
    1 bag of milk chocolates

    1 bag of white chocolates

    1 bag of dark chocolates

    Toppings of your choice (I used caramel chocolate chips and walnuts)

     

    1

    Melt all the chocolates separately over a bain-marie.

     

    2

    Create layers with each chocolate type. Pick your first choice and pour into the mould and wait for it to set lightly before adding the next chocolate. For this recipe, I went ahead and added the chocolate a little before layers had finished setting to create a marbling effect.

     

    ✩I also added some strawberry chocolate I had left over from my Rilakkuma chocolates.

     

    3

    Once all your chocolate is in the mould, stick in some lollipops and add toppings of your choice making sure they don’t overflow. This will ensure they set together with the chocolate.

     

    4

    Allow to set overnight and your chocolate stick is ready.

     

    5

    I made Rilakkuma chocolates from scratch and added those to the sticks to finish.

     

    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 → @kaopan72

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Banana and Black Tea Muffins

    05.December.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you a super simple dessert made using hotcake mix. I decorated the muffins with strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar to give them that Christmas feel.

     

    Ingredients
    1 bag of hotcake mix (150g)
    1 large egg
    20g sugar
    25ml vegetable oil
    30ml milk
    2 ripe bananas
    1 tbsp black tea leaves
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    1

    Slice half of one banana for topping later. Mash the remaining one and a half in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.

     

    2


    In a different bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix together. Once mixed, add the mashed banana and mix again to combine.

     

    3


    Add the mix to muffin tins. The muffins will rise quite a bit so you may want to use less mix. Finish by adding the sliced bananas from Step 1 on top.
    上に1でスライスしておいたバナナをトッピングする。

     

    4
    Bake at 180℃ on the middle shelf for 25 minutes.

     

    5


    Complete your muffins by dusting with icing sugar, fresh cream, and strawberries. I added a chocolate Hello Kitty on mine!

     

    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 → @kaopan72

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    24.October.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

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    Ingredients

     

    70g unsalted butter
    50g icing sugar (or high quality white sugar if you don’t have)
    A pinch of salt
    30g egg
    110g weak flour
    10g black cocoa
    1 white chocolate pen
    Hard candy of your choice crushed into small pieces

    *To crush the candy, you can put into a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin

     

    1


    Place all ingredients except the egg into a food processor and blitz. After, place the egg into the blitzed mix and blitz once again. Once combined, wrap with cling film and place into the refrigerator for 1+ hours until set.

     

    2


    Use a rolling pin to roll out circles of equal thickness for Jack’s head. Use a cutter to cut out the eyes, and place into the refrigerator one more to set.

     

    3

    Bake in the oven at 180°C for 10 minutes and take out again.

     

    4


    Place your crushed candy into the eye holes and bake for a further 5 minutes.
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    5


    Allow to cool. Be very careful handling and placing down the cookies as the eyes will be delicate. Decorate Jack’s nose and mouth with the chocolate pen and he’s ready for your Halloween party!

     

    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 → @kaopan72

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Winnie the Pooh Pumpkin Soft Cookies

    19.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

     

    Halloween in closing in, so for this recipe I’ll be using pumpkin to make delicious cookies—crunchy on the outside and moist in the middle. This recipe rolls the dough into a ball, so it’s a great alternative for people who aren’t good with shaping or cutting cookies.

     

    Ingredients

    50g pumpkin (mashed and skin removed)

    20g-25g sugar (I used sanonto sugar to bring out the sweetness of the pumpkin, but white sugar is fine too)

    30g unsalted butter

    A pinch of salt

    60g weak flour

     

    1

    Combine and mix the steamed pumpkin, room temperature butter, and sugar. Then incorporate the salt and flour and mix again.

     

    2

    Now to shape everything. For pumpkin decorations, roll the pumpkin together and create a little depression in the top. Use a toothpick or something similar to create five indents around the outside as pictured above.

    To make Pooh Bear, simply roll round and add the ears.

     

    3

    Bake at 150℃ for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool, then decorate Pooh’s facial features with a chocolate pen.

     

    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 → @kaopan72

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Strawberry Ice Cream

    30.August.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

     

    Today’s recipe will show you how to make a simple ice cream made with frozen strawberries and a blender.

     

    Ingredients


    500g frozen strawberries (either store bought or self-frozen)

    120ml condensed milk

    Sliced white chocolate to make Hello Kitty

     

    1.


    Defrost around 3/10 of the frozen strawberries until they are more soft than frozen, allowing them to be blended more easily.

     

    2.


    Throw the defrosted strawberries into a blender along with the condensed milk and blend.

     

    3.


    Place the blended mix into a ziplock bag and place into the freezer. After about an hour, massage the mix while it’s still inside the bag. Repeat this whole process 2-3 times. Doing this will make the ice cream tastier.

    Once fully set, place into a serving cup of your choice, use sliced white chocolate to make your chocolate Hello Kitty, and serve!

     

    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 → @kaopan72

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Transform a Standard Roll Cake into a Kawaii Hello Kitty Cake

    11.August.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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, you’ll learn how to transform a store-bought roll cake into a kawaii Hello Kitty cake which contains gyūhi – a form of traditional Japanese sweet which is a variety of mochi.

     

    Ingredients

    50g refined rice flour
    100ml water
    70g sugar
    potato starch
    strawberries and whipped cream to your liking
    sliced chocolate (for Hello Kitty’s face)

     

    1

    First, make the gyūhi by mixing 50g of refined rice flour with 100ml of water. Mix well to avoid lumps.


    Once this has been mixed, add 70g of sugar and mix again.

     

    2


    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave at 600W for 2 minutes.

     

    3

    Stir the mixture with a rubber spatula and microwave again for one more minute at 600W.

     

    4


    Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture until it clumps together in one piece. Put a large portion of potato starch onto a tray and place your gyūhi on top.

     

    5


    Once the gyūhi has cooled, cut it to the size of the palm of your hand and use a rolling pin to stretch it out into a flat shape.

     

    6

    Leave your gyūhi to cool. In the meantime, bring out your store-bought roll cake piece and fill the inside with strawberries. When done, top your roll cake piece with whipped cream.

    *If your forget to add the whipped cream, the strawberries underneath will be visible through the gyūhi layer!

     

    7


    Place the gyūhi layer on top of the roll cake and press the dough together at the bottom of the cake to seal it.

     

    8

    Shape two pieces of remaining gyūhi dough into triangles and affix them to the top of the cake to create Hello Kitty’s ears. Use the sliced chocolate to create whiskers, eyes and a nose for Hello Kitty’s face and cut up a strawberry to make her bow.

    Once you have finished putting all the decorations in place, you’re done!

     

    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 → @kaopan72

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    06.August.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    In an effort to ensure the safety and protect the health of guests and staff, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) introduced strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on June 8, 2020, such as limiting the number of people who could enter the park each day and enforcing thorough cleaning routines. This enabled the park to reopen after its temporary closure. It has since been able to deliver its scope of fun and excitement to guests, albeit in a more structured way.

    USJ wants to make wearing masks more fun too, and so it is releasing a range of character-inspired face masks, such as Snoopy, Elmo and the Cookie Monster, on August 7. Part of the money made from sales of these masks will be donated to the USJ Wonder Kids Program which helps support children in need.

    Universal Studios Japan original design masks

    The masks’ unique designs take the mouths of each character. These can be worn together with each respective characters’ headband which are also sold at USJ. Designs include Elmo, Cookie Monster, Snoopy, Tim, Jurassic Park, and Jaws.

     

    Photos provided by Universal Studios Japan.
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    Minions and all related elements and indicia TM & © 2020 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.
    TM & © 2020 Universal Studios.
    © 2020 Peanuts
    © ’76, ’20 SANRIO
    © 2020 Sesame Workshop
    TM & © Universal Studios & Amblin Entertainment
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    TM Universal Studios.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Korilakkuma Tofu Pudding

    12.July.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    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.

    Today, I’ll be showing you a dreamy recipe on how to make the healthy Taiwanese snack douhua topped with Yukimi Daifuku mochi ice cream.

     

    Ingredients


    400ml soy milk
    2-g Lakanto (Zero-calorie natural sweetener)
    Pinch of salt
    8g gelatin (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)

     

    Pre-preparations


    Stick bear-shaped sliced chocolate around the side of a glass and leave to set in the refrigerator.

     

    1.


    Warm soy milk and Lakanto in a saucepan until the Lakanto is completely dissolved.

     

    2.


    Add the gelatin and mix until fully dissolved.

     

    3.


    Leave the mix to cool. Once cooled, remove the glass from the refrigerator and pour the mix into the glass. Place back into the fridge until it sets.

     

    4.


    Add sliced almonds and use a chocolate pen on Yukimi Daifuku to create Korilakkuma’s face, or a face of your choice.

     

    5.

    Remove the glass from the fridge and add the Yukimi Daifuku. Choose your choice of toppings, like soy flour and brown sugar syrup, then 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 → @kaopan72

  • Japan’s Manga Artists Join Hands For New Manga Project Depicting Life During COVID-19

    26.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Over 50 manga artists in Japan are coming together for the launch of the new “MANGA Day to Day” project which will depict daily life during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    The project is set to roll out for free in mid-June on Twitter and Comic Days. A teaser by famous manga artist Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe; Notari Matsutarō) was released on May 22, 2020.

     

    A related project entitled “Day to Day” is also taking place over on the Japanese literature news website TREE where over 50 popular authors have penned writings and essays on the restrictions of today’s everyday life. In addition to Japan, both projects have caught the attention of overseas news media and websites too. Like the related “Day to Day” project, “MANGA Day to Day” will have one new manga strip released for free each day on Twitter and Comic Days. A piece entitled Akudama by Tetsuya Chiba is already available to see over on the project’s official Twitter account.

     

    People’s lives have changed drastically as a result of the pandemic. To pass down this time in history to the next 100, or even 200 years, the pieces contributed to the “MANGA Day to Day” project will be compiled into a book that’s scheduled for release in early 2021. A special edition of the book will also be compiled featuring both the manga and writing pieces.

     

    Be sure to follow the Twitter account below to keep up to date.

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    24.May.2020 | FASHION

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    The case features BAPE’s iconic APE HEAD design. It’s made from PVC and so can be hand washed so people can safely and hygienically store their face masks. The case can of course be used to store hand sanitiser or hand wipes too.

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