When it comes to desserts, puddings and cakes, no one can do it quite better than Japan; and come Christmas time, the confectionary-designing-game is taken up to a whole ‘nother level.
With so many tasty trinkets suddenly up on the market, it can be hard to choose which treat to try next. If you’ve got a craving for something sweet but are unsure of where to start this winter season, we recommend checking out these beautifully designed chiffon cakes available from pop-up store KINEEL KITCHEN in Ikebukuro’s Tobu Department store.

A ‘little sister’ of sorts to Kyoto-based confectionary store Patisserie KINEEL, the concept of chiffon cake brand KINEEL KITCHEN is to provide sweets of the highest quality that can be enjoyed on both special occasions or as a casual relaxing afternoon treat – and that’s where their chiffon cake steps in.

Small enough that it can be enjoyed in one sitting, but large enough to satisfy the appetite of any sweet tooth, KINEEL KITCHEN’s chiffon cake is the perfect way to celebrate the start of the winter season.

The cake owes its moist and fluffy texture to the rice oil which is mixed into the dough before it is baked with great care by artisan pastry chefs. Coated in white cream and decorated with a drizzle of delicious sauce, the chiffon cake is picture-perfect and will look great on any SNS feed.

There are three different flavoured versions of KINEEL KITCHEN’s chiffon cake to choose from; ‘Caramel Almond’, ‘Cookie & Chocolate’ and ‘Berry Mix’. Throw up your feet at the end of a hard working day and reward yourself with a whole chiffon cake, or cut it up and share with two or three friends at a tasty little get together.

Caramel Almond Chiffon Cake

Price: 918 yen
Drenched in irresistibly rich, bittersweet caramel sauce and sprinkled with slices of both raw and caramelised almonds, this fragrant and crispy-textured cake will have you hooked at the first bite.

Cookies & Chocolate Chiffon Cake – 918 yen

Price: 918 yen
Bitter tasting chocolate sauce trickles down the sides of this chocoholic heaven chiffon cake. Inside, a blend of rich tasting West African cacao and well-balanced Latin American cacao enhance the flavour of the sponge, whilst on top a combination of cookie crunch and Ghanian milk chocolate brings the whole dish together.

Berry Mix Chiffon Cake – 1,080 yen
A sweet and sour sauce made from fresh strawberries and raspberries drizzled across the top of this gorgeously vibrant chiffon cake gives it the perfect colour to set off that ‘Christmassy spirit’.
Kneaded into the dough, strawberry pulp leaves the cake with a fragrant fruity scent and soft texture, whilst a dash of rum prevents the cake from becoming too sweet.
The cake is then finished off with slices of freeze-dried strawberries and chopped pistachios.

The limited-time cakes are only available at Ikebukuro’s Tobu Department store until the 1st of December, so make sure to pick up your favourite before stocks run out.

KINEEL KITCHEN – a pop-up confectionary store
Location: B1 Floor, Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro, 1 Chome-1-25 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-8512
Hours: 10:30am – 8:00pm
Available until 1st December 2021

By - Connie Sceaphierde.