Top 10 Instagrammable Drinks and Desserts to Try Making While You #StayHome

06.May.2020 | FOOD

Japan’s biggest social media photo aggregator Snaplace has curated a Top 10 menu list of the most popular drinks and desserts people have been posting on Instagram Japan with the hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”) with which people are making their own tasty treats to bring the cafe experience indoors during the lockdown.

 

The line-up features coffee, ice cream, cream soda and lots of other delights which have ranked due to how little preparation is needed and how easy the recipes are to follow. Let’s take a look.

 

1sr Place: Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona coffee has taken the internet by storm for its beautiful two-layered appearance. Popular in South Korea, the drink has also garnered much attention in Japan. And you can substitute the coffee part to create a completely different beverage like a matcha, strawberry latte, chocolate, and so on.

How to make Dalgona Coffee: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312230

 

2nd Place: Candy Strawberries

Candy strawberries have taken over candy apples in terms of popularity this year. And you can have fun trying it out with other fruits too while at home during the lockdown like grapes, fruitsーwhichever fruit is your favouriteーand skewer them.

 

3rd Place: Toast Arrangements

Top your toast with ingredients like fresh cream, Greek yoghurt, cream cheese, sliced cheese, fruits, vegetables, and so on to change up your morning breakfast. There are so many different recipe inspirations for toast arrangements to find on social media.

 

Related Article: Stay Home: 6 Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

Related Article: Stay Home: 6 More Toast Arrangements to Bring the Cafe Experience to Your Home During the Lockdown

 

4th Place: Marshmallow Cookies
5th Place: Fruit Sandwiches (Check out recipes here)
6th Place: Cream Soda
7th Place: Eggs Benedict
8th Place: Snoopy Gyoza
9th Place: Candy Marshmallows
10th Place: Deko (“Giant”) Ice Cream

 

Try making your own Instagram-worthy menu at home.

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    Model: Misa Kimura
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    Address: 45-15 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
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    Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)

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    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 (Makes 9-10)

    9-10 store bought tart cups
    200g cream cheese (brought to room temperature)
    20-30g sugar
    1 egg yolk
    50ml fresh cream
    8g potato starch (katakuriko)
    Vanilla beans to taste (can be substituted for vanilla extract)
    1 tbsp lemon juice

     

    Step 1


    Pour the following ingredients into a bowl in this order: cream cheese→sugar→egg yolk→vanilla beans→fresh cream→potato starch. Mix well. Make sure when you put the potato starch in last that you sprinkle it thinly.

     

    Step 2
    Bake the tart cups in an oven at 180℃ for 15-20 minutes. If you don’t have store-bought cups, you can use small cocotte dishes.

     

    Step 3

    Leave to cool. Now you can start drawing the face.

    For the hat I used sliced chocolate, for the ears sliced cheese, and for the facial features a chocolate pen.

    Once you’ve drawn the face, it’s time to tuck in!

     

    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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    Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Kuu Pan from the same company which serves cat-shaped bread. Online deliveries will make for the perfect opportunity to bring that cafe experience to your own home.

    Neko Neko Cheesecake – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) / Size: 11cm, 475g

    The cake is made from the luxurious French brie cheese Brie de Meaux which is mixed with a homemade apricot jam to create rich, deep flavour. This means the cheesecake not only looks cute, but is the real deal too.

     

    Their secret to bringing about amazing flavour and not just adorable looks can be broken down into four simple steps.

    ①They use the king of cheeses, Brie de Meaux.
    ②Although baked, the cheesecake is so soft it has a similar texture to a no-bake cheesecake.
    ③The sweet and sour homemade apricot jam elevates the overall flavour.
    ④The combination of mature cheese and the apricot jam changes the flavour to create a completely new kind of cheesecake.

    The cheesecakes are boxed in box that has a simple yet chic design with two cats sat side by side.

     

    The store will open on May 20, and online orders will launch on ALL HEARTS MALL on the same day.

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