Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pink Vanilla Pocky Cake



Sometimes when you're stressed you need cake. Just a little 6-inch personal-size cake with flecks of vanilla bean throughout, and possibly surrounded with your favorite guilty pleasure - strawberry pocky.

It helps you forget that you're making a wedding cake and a groom's cake next week.
And the fact that you'll have to transport it in 592 degree weather.
And that somehow you'll have to manage all this while looking fresh-as-a-daisy in your bridesmaid's dress.

Clearly, I needed a cake.


This is a strait-forward yellow cake recipe with an American buttercream from the SprinkleBakes book.  I used cake flour instead of all-purpose and vanilla bean paste instead of extract. Both cake and icing have the taste and texture of the birthday cakes I remember as child.


Dress it in pocky- or don't.  It's delicious either way!

Pink Vanilla Pocky Cake
Yield: One six-inch cake, or one slightly shorter 8-inch cake                              [click for printable recipe]
Note: Cake flour is recommended for this recipe.

Yellow cake:
2 ¼ cups cake flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
3 eggs
¾ cup whole milk, room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a standing mixer, beat butter using the paddle attachment until creamy and lightened. Add the sugar gradually; scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the vanilla.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition.  Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with flour.
  5. Divide batter between pans and bake approximately 22 minutes for 6-inch layers, 24 minutes for 8-inch layers. Cool cakes in pans for 5 minutes, unmold and cool completely on wire racks. 
Pink vanilla bean frosting:
Note: if making an 8-inch version, increase the frosting recipe by 1/2

1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar - the finest you can find (usually 10x)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Pink gel food coloring
Milk or heavy cream, optional
  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together the butter and confectioners sugar.  Begin mixing on low speed until crumbly, and then increase to high and beat for 3 minutes. 
  2. Add vanilla bean paste and beat again for another minute until light and fluffy. Beat in food coloring a little at a time until the desired color is achieved.
*Note: If you find the buttercream is too stiff, you may add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is spreading consistency.

Assembly:
6-inch cake: Fifteen 6 quantity packets (90 pcs.) of strawberry cream pocky
8-inch cake: Seventeen-Eighteen 6 quantity packets         "          "
  1. Frost cooled cakes with an off-set spatula and transfer remaining frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large plain tip (a zip-top bag with the corner snipped would probably work also).
  2. Pipe icing in strait lines across the top of the cake. When finished, smooth the edges with an off-set spatula.  Press the strawberry pocky dipped-side down into the sides of the cake until completely covered.
  3. The finished cake slices easily if you place the knife between pieces of pocky.


98 comments:

Oni said...

Gosh. It looks so good.

I want one.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful & looks so yummy! Now I need cake! Can you tell me what pocky is please, as I've never heard of this?

anniebakes said...

How do you cut your cakes so beautifully? I always mess mine up, thanks, anne of anniebakes

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

So pretty and girly and love the pale pink icing!

shira-hime said...

love! Pocky Sticks, my love!
very cool cake idea ;o)

greetings
shira

Anna said...

What a great idea! And it looks just lovely.

Becca said...

I remember the first time I had pocky. I was in the 3rd grade and we had Japanese people come to our class and teach us about the Japanese culture. They taught us how to write our names and how they read from right to left, up and down. We learned how to make oragami bunnies. It was a blast. At the end of the day, they gave us strawberry pocky that we all enjoyed outside. I can't wait to make this cake! It looks delicious.

Aimee said...

I have never heard of pocky! It looks so adorable!

Emma said...

Now to put some of those Koala Yummies on a cake:)

Tartlet Sweets said...

Omg, I friggin love Pocky! This cake is bonkers, but awesomely so!

Lora said...

This is a masterpiece of pink. I LOVE it!!!

alina_who said...

This is absolutely the neatest cake decoration idea!

MJ said...

Wonderful cake, I am thinking for the next birthday of my princess...

Heather said...

What a fun little pocky fence all around just teasing you to "peek" over and see the cake inside! I love it!

Paula said...

This is so very pretty and I love the way you frosted it.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very pretty! A great birthday cake.

Cheers,

Rosa

Sculpted Sweets! said...

I love you! LOL! You basically summed up my week. No weddings but lots of birthdays! I literally have 10 cakes on the counter and 3 more in the oven! I'm thinking of trying this recipe right now! Whats one more cake? Ha! I've never had Pocky though, I will have to try that! Your definitely right on with 592 degree weather, I'm in south Texas and probably could bake outside!

Christina Marie said...

So unbelievably pretty, elegant and creative! Love your mind. :)

Christina
www.becauseofmadalene.com

Yuri - Chef Pandita said...

I love Pocky. and cakes. and pink. You're amazing :)

yvette2250 said...

I'm soooo making this cake this weekend. Also, I have to tell you, I love your book! The Banana Pudding cake = DIVINE!!!!!

ohdizzle said...

This is so cute! And mmmmm pocky....

Tesei said...

Beautiful cake, where do you get so many ideas from? Congrats!!!

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie said...

Sigh - perfect, as always!

Leah Wickett said...

You have just given me my Step-Daughter's next birthday cake. She loves pocky, it's her favorite!

Mel said...

Pocky. On a cake. Amazing. I wish we could get the abundance of flavors they have in Japan. I'll have to settle with the few I have had. My husband, who is from Australia, and surrounded by Japanese culture, hates pocky. And we're both anime fans. He's a little crazy, though.

Karyn - Pint Sized Baker said...

So lovely and elegant. I would never be able to get the frosting on the top straight. It would look like I had a few too many to drink before frosting the cake. Haha!

Suzanne Perazzini said...

I always need cake though my waistline doesn't. That is one of the prettiest cakes I have seen in a while. All that thick frosting is to die for.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This is all kinds of pretty. Lovely, as always :)

Mercedes said...

This is incredibly adorable and oh-so-girly, just the way I like things to be!

Cupcake and Talk said...

The cake is lovely. I love the pattern you used to frost the cake.

Gloria said...

You are the baking master! Lord, this looks so delicious and CUTE! I LOVE how you piped that frosting on the top, SO pretty. And it's like a little "secret" cake with the "strawberry pocky" around it! I've never seen or HEARD of that. You are truly an innovator and "sharer" of ideas! Again, YOU are the master baker!
Best,
Gloria

Gloria said...

p.s. good luck with your wedding cake and groom's cake that you said you will be doing! I KNOW they will come out beautifully and deliciously if you are at the helm! The bride and groom will be SO pleased and happy.
gv xxoo

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I have never heard of strawberry pocky - gotta look them up. Lovely way to decorate such a cute cake... and I really like the way you piped on the buttercream.

Sunshine said...

That is so cute. Never heard or seen pocky sticks but it looks amazing.

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Jamie Levine said...

Best use of pokey yet!

melissa @ mamamiss.com said...

ummm you had me at Pocky! This is gorgeous!!! HUGE fan of yours!! :)
xx ♥ Melissa @ mamamiss.com

Mel said...

So unique for a cake! And so lovely, really!

I Sugar Coat It! said...

LOVE this cake!! Don't think I have ever seen pocky sticks in pink. Pretty!

june said...

My daughter loves pocky! We buy a ton at our commissary! What a stupendous cake:)

vanessalillian [Ness@theteensytinyinsignificantdetails] said...

You're killing me, Heather! Must... find... pocky!!!

Tiffany, aka streusel said...

I love pocky sticks! Never imagined lining a cake with them...BRILLIANT!

Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra said...

We live off of pocky sticks at my house. The cake looks wonderful.

Nash Nordin said...

Oh! My! God! This cake is absolutely stunning. I love pocky sticks!

thelittleloaf said...

I need to get myself some mini cake tins - there is ALWAYS time for a mini 'just for me' cake in my life :-)

ThisGirlBlogs said...

So pretty!! Love the pocky sticks :)

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Oh my this cake is SO adorable and girly! I love it. I'd love this as a birthday cake. I've never heard of pocky, it's not something I've heard of in Australia.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Those pretty pink layers of thick thick frosting are calling my name!

Anonymous said...

@Emma, Koala Yummies! Oh my goodness, I saw something just like them at Target yesterday and I almost screamed in excitement! No one else remembers them but me!

Rituparna said...

Delicious & Pink !

cookies and cups said...

I haven't ever heard of pocky sticks, but they are s gorgeous on this cake!

Meghan @ After the Ivy League said...

I love the way you piped the frosting on this cake, looks beautiful!

Rosie said...

Ooh, yummy! I love how cheerful and adorable your cakes are! And this looks delicious :)

Astral de la Mare said...

This is just too cute, I love it!

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

stunning. simply stunning! love it!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

You are such a genius for using the pocky as a "fence." It is absolutely stunning!

Dana said...

Holy Jeez! This is one for the memory bank! So adorable!

Cristina said...

The pictures are gorgeous! Lovely cake. Been looking for a new yello cake recipe and will have to try this out:)

vern said...

Sweet and elegant at the same time! I cant wait to try this with chocolate!!

Hatice said...

You' re absolutely a dessert genius Heather ! I love you so much and the gorgeus stuff you' ve been doing.

Ashley - baker by nature said...

I'm stunned by this cake. It's... so, well, beautiful! I'm such a quick loaf cake kind of baker, and you're so inspiring to take baking to the next level.

maonk said...

freakin' genius! i'm so mad at myself for not thinking of this.

shecooksandheeats said...

this is just so cute!

Christina Hermosa said...

Omg this is awesome! My sistet in law loves pocky sticks. Now I have an idea for her birthday! Thank you!

Tip Top Shape said...

I've never seen anything like this! It's absolutely stunning!!

Rhonda said...

Note to self - get a 6" cake pan. By "personal size" you mean "single serving", right??

crumbsoflove said...

What a great idea! my daughter loves those things!!

Kelsea @ Pink Wonderland said...

Oh my gosh. Pink pocky... my favorite. Never thought to bake with it. What a great idea!

Lili said...

I just marvel at how you do it all!! xo ~Lili

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I came here from Jen's site. WOW, my favorite Ichigo Pocky became a cake!!!! I'm in love with this! I'm very impressed at your gorgeous cake!

Sue said...

What stunning photos, and gorgeous cake! I think I need one too:)

Cathy @ Savory Notes said...

So adorable; I think I'll make this for my niece's birthday this year. :)

Donna B. said...

My sister would LOVE this!! It's so beautiful and imaginative!!! Next you'll be doing something with the Green Tea Pocky, right? RIGHT? Hee hee!

Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations said...

OMG....I love Pocky!! Since grade 11 when my friend send them for my birthday from her exchange year in Japan. I am in Thailand now, and they have so many more flavors here. Blueberry crunch is awesome!

Betsy said...

Oh, I love the look of this cake! I would love to make this with a chocolate buttercream and line it with pirouette cookies...done and done.

LARY @InspirationNook said...

OMG! I love this!!!! Will attempt to make for my birthday!

lokness said...

You are so creative! I love pocky! This cake just looks amazing.

Stefania said...

Meravigliosa ...
ciao

Merceditas Bakery said...

Preciosaaaaaaa...beautifulllll...

butterisbeautiful said...

You are so creative! My favorite Pocky are the chocolate almond ones, so maybe I'll make a cake featuring those! Also, you're on my list of favorite blogs!
-Allison

Rowaida said...

Wow amazing cake love it!

Suzanne said...

I guess I've been living under a rock because I've never heard of Pocky.

Lamb411 said...

I loooooveeeee Pocky. I used it eat it all the time when I was a kid. It's funny, since i've moved to Prague (totally different demographic)Pocky has disappeared off my radar! What a creative edible accessory to the cake.

Sarah (Lamb)
http://www.lamb411.com

Anne Marza said...

Wow thank you for putting this up this is so creative!

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gina said...

Love your cake! I'm so excited to bake it, but just noticed you have not indicated a temperature to bake the cake at in your recipe. Am I just not finding it? I'm going to go for 350 and hope it's right!

SprinkleBakes said...

Yes - 350! Thanks for letting me know!

Eleni @ The Baboo said...

Your pictures are gorgeous! Beautiful lighting and composition. Do you use natural light or studio lights?

ladymasonbakes said...

So sweet!
There is no temp for baking, you didn't mention to butter pans either :(

elizabeth ranger said...

That is mad cute... how did I not think of that? I can only imagine how awesome it would be with strawberry pocky. Or other kinds of Japanese cookie-foods as inspiration!

Omziin said...

Your cakes are so gorgeous. love them <3

Meow meow said...

I love this recipe so much!! The crossing between pocky sticks and cake! but please lease can someone help me convert this recipe into metric scale/grams cos i don't have cups at home. Thanks!

Robin K. said...

I am in the process of making this cake for my daughters birthday dinner party tonight. What degree do we preheat the oven? I probably missed it but read it over a few times and didn't see it. Thanks for this beautiful cake recipe!

SprinkleBakes said...

OH my goodness, sorry about that! I can't believe the mistake wasn't caught earlier. Bake at 350F.

xo
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Robin K. said...

Great-Thanks so much!! :)

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers said...

Heather! It was YOU!!

I could NOT remember who make this Pocky Cake! Tate is obsessed with strawberry pocky (as are my nieces). I'm pinning this so I don't lose it again!

Thanks, friend!

:)

Nisha said...

Pocky! Used to eat a lot of 'em when I lived in Asia, but I liked chocolate ones more than strawberry.

mydearbakes said...

What a lovely recipe! I hope you don't mind I share it on my Facebook! =D

CandyAbuse said...

I shared this on my blog ^^ hope it was okay, gave you credit ofcourse!

-Gabby

soh said...

Hi, planning to bake this cake for my SIL's Birthday, may I know after press the strawberry pocky, will the pocky turn soggy?
Thank you for sharing!

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