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Our Birthday Wish? This Japanese Meat Cake

Our Birthday Wish? This Japanese Meat Cake

Meat? Good! Cake? Also good! But “meat cake?” What the hell is “meat cake?” and why would anyone want something called “meat cake”? Because, uh, the Japanese have figured out a way to make that phrase into a reality, and it looks like we’ll soon be moving to the other side of the Pacific to have all the meat cake we can get.

Seriously. Behold the meat cake:

The country’s newest fad, that we learned about at Kotaku, has yakiniku restaurants—which specialize in grilled meat, glorious grilled meat—serving the uncooked food in the shape of cakes, for the many customers who celebrate their birthdays there. Meat cake, or “niku keeki” as its known in Japanese, then gets deconstructed and cooked at the table.

Apparently meat cakes first became a thing a few years ago, but they are now everywhere. NO EXPLANATION IS NEEDED.

So no, these aren’t traditional cakes made with meat, nor are they meat served with icing and sugar (well, we assume someone, somewhere, after a night of heavy drinking, has tried both of those things, but this has nothing to do with that), they are just big decorative ways to have your order brought to the table.

If you remain skeptical, and think that this is just an unnecessary step in getting the meat into your belly, imagine how excited you’d be if you could order a “mountain of meat,” a phrase that slightly turns us on. Well, a “meat cake” is just a mountain of meat that’s been handled by an artist.

What a way to celebrate your birthday.

Meat cake? GOOD!

What kind of meat would you want your cake to be made out of? Get grilling in our comments below with your birthday wish.

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