This is dessert like you've never seen it before: Japanese raindrop cakes  clear bubbles of appetisingness  are an actual thing. They're returning to the U.S, and therefore the game has simply been leveled up. They're as beautiful as they're delicious (and amazingly enough, pretty good for you, too). Technically referred to as "mizu shingen mochi," or “water droplet cake,” it melts and evaporates if left out for even simply half-hour at room temperature. If you were curious about trying it, it's making its debut at the food flea market Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, New York.

The shiny, translucent dessert is made of drinking water and agar, a vegetarian alternative to gelatin. Originally made up of spring water from the japanese alps and for a time, only offered in 2 Japanese cafes, it's become somewhat of a foodie folklore that's really picked up popularity over the world.

New Yorker Darren Wong was the mastermind that determined it was time to bring the formula to the U.S, however it came with a reasonably distinctive set of challenges: "The cake has to maintain its shape but still have the texture of water,” Wong told the Huffington Post. Served with some sugar and kinako (a roasted soy flour that's typically served with kinds of mochi), it's extremely delicate, and basically tastes like water. The appeal, however, is that it primarily simply slides around on your tongue. It's additionally hydrating, and pretty magical to look at. “There are very few foods that engage this many senses at the same time,” Wong aforesaid.


  1. Combine the water and sugar in a microwaveable cup.
  2. Microwave thirty seconds and stir till the sugar dissolves. whereas stirring, sprinkle in the agar powder.
  3. Continue heating and stirring, at thirty second intervals, till the agar is totally dissolved, five to ten minutes.
  4. Pour the liquid into the jelly molds and pop any bubbles you see.
  5. Refrigerate the mochi for many hours or nightlong.
  6. To serve, carefully drop the mochi out of their molds and serve right away with the garnish of your choice.

So there you've got it! whether or not you're trying to find a cool new dish to do at home, have an interest in healthy choices for dessert, or seriously need to impress your friends and family at an future get-together, this cake can most likely do the trick.