The countdown till Valentine’s Day is on!!! Since it was a 3-day weekend, so many girls, OLs (office ladies), wives, and mothers (basically all females) were trying to buy chocolates or ingredients to make some sort of sweets. Like I said before Valentines is all backwards here in Japan–well from my point of view that is. Girls make or buy chocolates for all the guys in their lives, not just the ones they like….Which includes male coworkers, their fathers, guy friends, hubby, boyfriend, etc. So it was a shopping frenzy yesterday (last day of the 3-day weekend).
1. Some of the various kits to make sweets (they are supposedly fool-proof). They also have kits to make japanese sweets too. 2. Some decide not to rely on kits and make everything from scratch. There are many types of decorations-writing pens, sprinkles, dried fruit, nuts and other ingredients.
My friend Tiny and I gave in and decided to be super girly and go to a cooking class for Valentine’s Day at ABC Cooking Studio in Shibuya Parco. ABC Cooking is a nation wide chain school for mainly girls/women. They do have 2 studios in the Tokyo area that allow men but the rest of the 25 studios are females only.
1. If i had to sum up ABC Cooking Studio in one word it would “pink”. Yes, everything is pink there, from the decor, to pamphlets, electronic devices, cooking utensils, etc 2. We decided to do a trial lesson for 500 yen (about $5.50 usd)—super cheap!! We made and decorated 4 chocolate berry cream filled cupcakes.
Before we got to the studio, they told us to bring an apron, slippers, and a hand towel. 1. When we got to the studio, we checked in and then put our belongings into the locker room. Of course the locker room was light pink, dark pink and white! Then we met our instructor. 2. Baking fashion check. BUTTON LACE APRON// Anthropologie 3. We put on our aprons and slippers, gotta quick shot in the mirror and we were ready to start cooking!
1. There were other groups of small classes making bread, sweets, or full course meals. First things first, we had to wash our hands, then sprayed alcohol on them. 2. Since this was a trial lesson the instructor only explains what to do and doesn’t give us the actual recipe. The exact measurements of the ingredients were already prepared, we just added, mixed and baked.
1. Tiny started to sift the cocoa powder, flour, and baking powder. (the instructor told me I couldn’t take pics….even tho other girls in other classes were). While she did that, I mixed the room temperature unsalted butter and sugar together. Then I folded in two beaten eggs. We mixed the cocoa powder, flour, and baking powder into the butter mixture. In a separate bowl, we mixed cream cheese and raspberry jam. Finally we mixed in melted chocolate into the flour/butter mixture. We had 8 cupcake holders and filled them half way with the batter. 2. Then in the middle we put the berry cream filling then covered it with chocolate batter again. Then into the oven they went. There were over 20 ovens in the studio. We only used two.
1. While the cupcakes were baking we washed all the dishes and cleaned our work area. After our cupcakes were done, we cooled them on a rack. 2. Then the instructor brought hot white chocolate, pumpkin seeds, dried raspberries, silver balls, and other materials to decorate. We drizzled white chocolate on the cupcakes and decorated them. It was fun to make our own designs. But the white chocolate didn’t work exactly how i wanted….
The finished product–tah dah!!! I know its two days before Valentine’s, and i will need to bake again. But for now, I am satisfied with my 4 little cupcakes. I ate one–tee hee I couldn’t resist. It was delish I have to admit. Hope Boo-chan likes them! Yesterday was a random fun cooking class, I’m glad i went! So what are your Valentine’s Day plans? Are you making anything for your special someone?
ms fancy pants tokyo
- ABC Cooking Studio
- 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
- 7F Shibuya Parco Part 3
- Mon-Sun 10:00-22:00