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This is a cake. No really, it is.

And we know what you’re thinking: but there’s noodles and broth and chashu pork and it even has those weird tasting bamboo shoots on top! But even though it looks like ramen, your tastebuds will be surprised after the first sweet and sugary bite of this very convincing ramen cake.

Machi no Kumasan, a small bakery in Takasaki City, Gunma prefecture is churning out this specialty ramen cake for 1,000 yen (US $11). Here’s a list of the ingredients they used:

Noodles – Japanese chestnut and kabocha pumpkin cream

Broth – Early Grey jelly

Bamboo shoot – grilled apple

Egg – annin tofu (Almond jelly)

Chashu pork – raspberry jelly

Green onions – pistachios

Ramen Cake▲  The chashu pork looks a little burnt…

ramen cake5▲  A cutaway view of the ramen cake.

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▲   The ramen cake looks a bit conspicuous next to the regular cakes.

In response to the overwhelmingly positive customer feedback, Machi no Kumasan now offers katsu (pork cutlet), soba (buckwheat noodle), and chawan mushi (egg custard) cakes.

Taroan, an unaffiliated bakery in the town of Inawashiro, Fukushima prefecture is also serving up its own version of a ramen cake. Although smaller than the one offered at Machi no Kumasan, the Taroan ramen cake only costs 380 yen (US $4.07).

Ramen cake 3▲ Taroan’s ramen cake.  

ramen cake6▲ Ooh! This one’s chocolate!  

Both cakes are very convincing and can definitely pass for a genuine bowl of steaming hot ramen at first glance. Have fun trying to trick your friends… but it’s not much of a trick since they get cake. And cake can never be bad, can it?

Source&images: Matome Naver