12 Days of Anime: 2016 Food Edition – Day 7 – Strawberry Shortcake: The Ultimate Anime Cake

Strawberry shortcake - Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 22Maybe it’s the beautiful way it’s decorated, or the contrast of the red strawberries against the whiteness of the fluffy icing and the soft yellow cake, but when it comes to desserts in anime, I don’t think there’s anything more iconic or pleasing to see than the ubiquitous and always classically classy strawberry shortcake. Continue reading

12 Days of Anime: 2016 Food Edition – Day 6 – Count Your Cavities: The Sweets of 2016

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Berry crepe from Bungou Stray Dogs, episode 9!

I have a bit of a confession to make: I just might have a bit of a sweet tooth…

Which is probably why, when I watch anime, I always seem to gravitate towards all the delectable sweet treats that happen to pop up on screen. From ice cream and fruit jelly to yokan and cheesecake, there always seems to be a dessert to suit every moment, emotional state, and setting. Continue reading

12 Days of Anime: 2015 Food Edition – Day 11

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Everyone needs a pick me up, a motivator, or something that inspires comfort… and for Miyamori Aoi, this just happens to exist in her life in the form of a donut.

We’re almost at the end of the 12 Days of Anime, and for our penultimate day, we’ll be looking at Shirobako! This 24 episode series about the anime industry took me by surprise with the amount of tension and emotion each episode made me feel. Airing from fall 2014 and ending in winter 2015, this was one of my favorite anime series of the year. So, without further ado: Don, don, donuts! Let’s go nuts for Shirobako donuts! Continue reading

Azusa’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cake

K-On Valentines Day 02It’s almost February 14, which means it’s that time of year again where we’re all supposed to go and confess to the one we love through a shyly proffered box of handmade chocolates…

But, Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be about romantic love, as Azusa from K-On!! shows us in her heartfelt gift of a delectable chocolate cake to her treasured senpai and fellow band members of the light music club! Her strong feelings of gratitude and friendship are baked into her cake, making her handmade Valentine’s Day gift to her friends all that more sweet…. Continue reading

Bringing Home the Holiday Cheer with a Batch of Gingerbread

Gingerbread - Yumeiro Patisserie 07 - ResizeOne of my traditions at Christmas that I make sure to do every year without fail is to make and decorate gingerbread cookies. Crisp and sweet, with a ginger and cinnamon flavour that melds with the syrupy taste of rich molasses, for me, gingerbread signifies Christmas just as much as falling snow, brightly decorated trees, and striped candy canes…

In anime, gingerbread isn’t something that is often seen, and its absence from the anime Christmas landscape seems to indicate that its consumption is not so widespread in Japan…. Instead, something like the infamous Christmas cake is far more popular. That said, gingerbread does show up, though often in the most unlikely places, including Bobobo-Bo-Bo-Bobo, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Yumeiro Patissiere. Continue reading