From Japan , Salad cakes with vegetables , no sugar or cream added
A cafe owner invented a “Vegedeco Salad” café , as a guilt-free alternative to traditional baked goods.
This café offers a great beautiful cake but its not with sugar and cream , these cakes mades with vegetables,
looks exactly like the sugar creamy cakes but with these cakes the sweets substitute cream “frosting” made out of tofu, a “sponge” base for
one of soy powder, eggs and vegetable oil, while the rainbow hues that decorate the “icing” come from natural vegetable coloring’s such as red beetroot juice.
Marinated, diced and cooked vegetables such as radish and daikon replace the sponge, while this wheat-free creation uses a traditional Japanese yeast to achieve a subtly sweet flavor.
“It looks like a normal cake — but it’s made of only veggies. You can have it for breakfast, lunch , and it’s very suitable for dinner with wine,”
“Each cake tastes different, depending which vegetables we use , but I would say it tastes like something you’ve never had before.”
So how did the idea for a “salad cake” come about?
Not surprisingly, it was inspired by a desire for healthy eating.
Moriyasu’s two sons have food allergies and so for years she had been tinkering with recipes, to find alternatives for sugar and wheat.
“We had homemade meals as I wanted them to eat lots of vegetables, and not take too much sugar,” she tells
Moriyasu noticed the positive changes that a low-sugar and gluten-free diet made to her own body.
“I felt more refreshed, my mind was calmer, and I was concentrating better,” she says.
“I decided I wanted to make something that looks cute, and also has lots of vegetables. So I made a cake , but with lots of veggies.”
After she posted the salad cake online, word began to spread and customers flocked to her cafe in Nagoya.
“They are colorful and gorgeous … and the customers enjoy eating them.”
A slice of salad cake that serves one has 193 calories, says Moriyasu. For comparison, the average 90g slice of chocolate cake without frosting has
340 calories, according to weight management organization CalorieKing.
Since the Vegedeco Salad’s debut, Moriyasu has created around 50 designs.
“I look at the different vegetables and try to pull out their best characteristic,” Moriyasu says. “My inspiration comes from when I think about the
shapes and combination of colors of different vegetables.”
It takes Moriyasu about an hour to make a salad cake.
That process includes making the tofu cream, cutting the vegetables, 15 minutes to assemble the pieces, and finally 10 minutes decoration time at
The key in making it stick together is marinating the vegetables beforehand.