There are some Instagram accounts so perfect and soothing that you immediately want to travel to the cozy places and handcrafted goodies they feature. Petrichoro, also known as Grace, features one such lovely collection of photos. With so many Studio Ghibli inspired sweets and treats, bullet journaling and hand-lettering that will leave you green with envy, and even sweet embroidery projects, it’s difficult for any one photo to stand out. But this gorgeous koi cake is a completely edible work of art that makes all our cares float away.
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a koi pond mousse cake for father’s day! i’ve had this project on my to-do list for the longest time but i’ve always been too intimidated to start.. but i decided to take the plunge this week and i’m very glad i did 🙂 i love making small and intricate things, and i had so so much fun working on the lilies and koi everything on the cake is edible! (the cattail stems are little pieces of dry bamboo, and bamboo is *technically* edible, right? 😅) it was my first time working with bean paste and agar based jello so there was a lot of trial and error,, i was up til 5am but id say it was worth it layers: agar almond jelly blueberry mousse white chocolate mousse black sesame chiffon cake
The cake is even just as pretty when sliced. How did she do it?
The translucent and transcendent confectionary creation is made of layers of cake, mousse, and a top layer of agar almond jelly. The koi were painstakingly crafted out of sweet bean paste. Petrichoro made the cake for Father’s Day. Obviously it’s a labor of love that the home baker says kept her up until 5 AM. “The whole process took around 2 days,” she said in a comment.
You’ll find even more amazing baked goods and yummy lunches in the Instagram photo gallery, from Pikachu adorning a kimchi pork stir-fry, to Rilakkuma inspired choux au craquelin, to Studio Ghibli-themed macarons that actually are too adorable to eat. (Even Petrichoro says in the description that she couldn’t bring herself to nibble on them.)
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studio ghibli macarons! this has been by far the most ambitious yet also most rewarding baking project i’ve ever attempted i wish i could say they taste as great as they look but i can’t bring myself to eat a single one.. the buttercreams were tasty on their own though so i have high hopes 🙂 flavours- totoro & chibi totoro: pistachio no face & soot sprites: taro ootori-sama(ducks): matcha calcifer(fire demon): thai tea catbus: chocolate kiki: strawberry lemonade
We also have to give a shout-out to this little curry bear. To be honest, we’re not sure if we want to eat him or be him.
Be sure to follow Petrichoro on Instagram to be simultaneously impressed and jealous of her creativity and culinary masterpieces.
Featured Image: Studio Ghibli (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya)
Kelly Knox is a freelance entertainment writer in Seattle, WA who writes for Star Wars, DC Comics, and more. Follow her on Twitter.