Introduction: Pocky Cake

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I'm teaching myself cake decorating, so my coworkers get to eat the results of my experiments. This Pocky cake was for a coworker who loves Pocky, the yummy Japanese cookie.

Step 1: Make the Cake!

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The cake was an Italian Cream Cake, but could be any cake you like. I made a 13x9 cake, and torted it (cut it into 3 horizontal layers). I filled between the layers with vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream. At this point it's a good idea to refrigerate the cake to prepare for cutting and carving. Wrap the cake in a few layers of plastic wrap to keep the cake from absorbing refrigerator odors and chill for at least an hour.

The diagram shows how the cake was torted and filled.

Recipe for a doctored cake-mix Italian Cream Cake

1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil
1 cup sour cream
4 whole eggs
1 box white cake mix
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup sweetend flaked coconut
2/3 cup pecans or walnuts

Combine buttermilk, oil, sour cream and eggs in mixer bowl. Add cake mix and pudding mix and beat on low speed to combine, about 2 minutes. Add coconut and pecans (or walnuts), mix another 2 minutes. Batter will be very thick. Spoon batter into prepared 9 x13" pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream
courtesy The Joy of Cooking

4 large egg whites (Whisk together in a large stainless-steel bowl)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter
1 to 2 tablespoons liqueur (optional)

Set the bowl in a wide, deep skillet filled with about 1 inch of simmering water. Make sure the water level is at least as high as the depth of the egg whites in the bowl. Beat the whites on low speed until the mixture reaches 140 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Do not stop beating while the bowl is in the skillet, or the egg whites will be overcooked. If you cannot hold the thermometer stem in the egg whites while continuing to beat, remove the bowl from the skillet just to read the thermometer, then return the bowl to the skillet. Beat on high speed just until the mixture reaches 160 degrees, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove the bowl from the skillet and add:

1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat on high speed for 3 to 5 more minutes, to cool. The mixture should hold glossy marshmallowy peaks. In another large bowl, beat until creamy, about 30 seconds:

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter

Beat a large dollop of the meringue into the butter until well combined. Continue to beat in about half of the meringue in large dollops. Scrape the remaining meringue into the mixture and beat until smooth and fluffy. Beat in:

1 to 2 tablespoons liqueur (optional)

This keeps, refrigerated, for up to 6 days. Or freeze for up to 6 months.

Step 2: Cut and Carve

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After chillin in the fridge for an hour or so (you can even freeze the cake, just let it thaw completely while covered in plastic to avoid condensation), unwrap the cake and cut into long thirds, 13" x 3", as indicated in the diagram.

Lay them end to end on a cake board. I made my cake board with several layers of thick cardboard, glued together and covered with food-safe freezer paper.

Step 3: Carve!

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Using a serrated knife, carve the general shape of the Pocky. Basically just round the edges, and make a portion of one end smaller as seen in the photo. Let the knife do the work, and don't push too hard, be gentle and use a sawing motion to cut the cake. The colder the cake, the easier it is to carve. You should do the carving shortly after it comes out of the fridge, because you won't be able to fit it in the fridge after it's put together. (Unless you have some kind of crazy massive industrial refrigerator).

I'm about halfway done carving in this photo. the scraps make yummy snacks!

Step 4: Cover the Cake With Buttercream

I didn't have a photo of this step, but you'll want to cover the whole cake with a layer of buttercream. Don't put it on too thick or the weight of the fondant will push it out the sides and bottom. I'd aim for no more than 1/8" to 1/4" of buttercream.

In this step, use your buttercream to fill in the gaps and dips between the sections, or wherever your carving wasn't perfect. If it's thicker in those spots than 1/4" that's probably going to be fine.

You should do this in a cool room, since you won't be able to refrigerate it the cake. The middle of the summer with no A/C is not a good time to make your Pocky cake!

Step 5: Roll Out Fondant

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I made my own chocolate marshmallow fondant, but you can buy it too. I do not recommend the Wilton brand, as it doesn't taste very good. You'll get the best flavor making your own or buying some from a specialty cake shop. You're actually better off making your fondant in advance and letting it sit, but if you can't let it sit, it won't be the end of the world - I used mine right away.

I first made this recipe with dutch process cocoa and it went horribly wrong (see photo), so I tried it again with regular cocoa and it was much better.

Roll the fondant out to approximately 1/8 to 1/4" thick. You can either roll it on a mixture of cornstarch and powdered sugar or on a surface covered with vegetable shortening to prevent sticking. Pick the fondant up and turn it periodically while you're rolling - also to prevent sticking. Roll it long and wide enough so it will cover the tops and sides of the cake, with at least an inch or two overage.

Recipe for Chocolate Marshmallow Fondant

15 oz. mini marshmallows
2 T water
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
2 tsp light corn syrup (helps w/ pliability)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 to 3/4 C cocoa
6 C confectioner's sugar, sifted
1/2 C Crisco or vegetable shortening

Grease microwave proof bowl w/ Crisco. Also grease wooden or heat proof spoon. Pour marshmallows and water into bowl. Microwave for approximately 2 minutes stopping and stirring at 40 second intervals. Mixture should be soupy.

Take out of microwave and immediately add corn syrup, cocoa, lemon juice, salt and extract. Stir well. Sift confectioner's sugar into mixture, one cup at a time. After approximately 5 cups, grease your hands well with Crisco and knead the mixture in the bowl. Add the sixth cup and continue to knead. Now grease your work surface well and turn mixture out of bowl onto counter and knead well. If mixture seems soft, add one additional cup of powdered sugar.

Shape into a mound and put a coating of crisco on outside. Double wrap in cling wrap and insert into ziplock bag. Press air out of bag and seal. Allow to rest overnight, but, can be used after sitting for a few hours.

Step 6: Cover Cake With Fondant

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To get the fondant on the cake, roll it up loosely onto a rolling pin, then lay it gently over the cake - unrolling as you go. Immediately begin smoothing the fondant by rubbing your clean hands over the fondant to adhere it to the buttercream and smooth it. You can also use a fondant smoother for this. trim the excess on the bottom with a pizza cutter.

I had a small amount of plain marshmallow fondant left over from a previous cake that I colored a light brown color and used to cover the "handle" portion of the pocky.

Step 7: Fondant Lettering

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I found a copy of the Pocky logo and printed it out the size I wanted. I cut the letters out and used them as a template to cut out letters from a small amount of red fondant (plain fondant colored with red gel food coloring). I rolled the fondant out about 1/8" thin and cut the letters using an xacto knife.

I adhered the letters to the cake with a small amount of water and with a dry brush, dusted on "luster dust" (available at cake supply stores) to achieve the groovy sparkly finish.

Step 8: Admire and Enjoy

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That's it - hope you liked it! I sure enjoyed making it - and eating it. One other great thing about this cake is that it's perfect for cutting - just cut it into 1-2" slices and you've got an instant party. Enjoy!


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UEtestRMIT (author)2016-05-09

cool. cake. much wow.

selaheedavis (author)2015-11-06


imshanedulong (author)2011-08-21

Looks good but for some reason I can't stand the taste of fondant.

foxtrot4697 (author)2010-02-24

the messed up fondant reminds me of messed up pavement

XxtwistedxX (author)2009-09-30

lol my friend is a pocky freak, im totally gonna make this for her birthday _ yu did an ausome job :D

special_friend (author)2009-06-27

*drool* i lub pocky! a pocky cake.. i never thought of that before...

Lance Mt. (author)2009-05-08

I'm trying this as we speak... Well as i speak, nice man -Cheers, Chris

jenfraiz (author)Lance Mt.2009-05-09

Thats great! I'd love to know how it turns out!

meggie2 (author)2009-04-18

pretty awesome! you have some real talent! I could barely make a simple cake with icing!

Glow Gal (author)2009-02-11

Omigosh! This is great, I now know what I'm making for my best friend for her birthday :P What would use to colour the fondant for the handle?

jenfraiz (author)Glow Gal2009-02-11

I got a kit of gel colors (Wilton brand) at the craft store, it includes a flesh colored tint... that's the one I used!

Glow Gal (author)jenfraiz2009-02-12

Thanks! Again, the cake is amazing!

squirrelywraith (author)2008-12-08

If you wanted, you could mix bits of Pocky in with the buttercream. Great instructable BTW! :3

chinchymork (author)2008-12-02

Looks good ! Good job!!!!!!!!!!!!1

bowmaster (author)2008-11-01

A katana is very fun to use to cut pocky cakes.

baneat (author)2008-08-24


blackdoom (author)2008-04-29

what is fondant? what is it's consistency?

im sorry. . . i already gave my vote to another . .

ItsTheHobbs (author)blackdoom2008-08-04

Fondant is a cover for cakes. Usually to simulate frosting on those big wedding cakes, because besides the top that the bride and groom cut, it's all cardboard with fondant covering. It's like clay, but harder, and less brittle.

jenfraiz (author)ItsTheHobbs2008-08-04

Well, that's kind of right. :) Fondant is not so much to simulate frosting - it is actually edible and is typically used in addition to frosting. It's also called sugarpaste and is basically a soft dough made from sugar and other ingredients that give it a rollable consistency. Also, I don't think most wedding cakes are all cardboard. At least I find that for the most part, wedding cakes are all cake. If there is a non-cake component it's typically a styrofoam "dummy" that is covered and decorated like it was cake. I'm not familiar with cardboard being used as a dummy cake layer. HTH!

ItsTheHobbs (author)jenfraiz2008-08-04

Well, yeah, whatever.... It does taste good...

darkmuskrat (author)2008-04-28

now, if they only sold them that big :P

In japan they sell them a footish long, and like a 1/4 of an inch in diameter

cybergeek (author)pyrotechnical2008-08-02

In America, too - I've found them at a local Asian market. Thing is, they're horribly disproportionately priced. Oh well =\

Watarri (author)2008-07-06

I loooooove Pocky!

eileenda (author)2008-06-23

Looks delicous!

Doveman (author)2008-05-01

Congratz on the Cake Contest!

Wasagi (author)2008-04-30

!! I Love Pockys they're so addicting! Great Instructable, +1

canida (author)2008-04-30

Awesome. ;) Thanks for the "what not to do" photo of the dutch processed cocoa fondant - you've probably saved someone lots of frustration by sharing that one.

laserhands (author)2008-04-30

it needs grillmarx on the handle

Goodhart (author)2008-04-29

VERY nicely done !

The problem you mention with Dutch process cocoa reminded me of a problem I had, so I looked up why we may have had the same thing occur.

The following is from one of my Cookiing/baking haunts:

Dutch-Process Cocoa or Alkalized Unsweetened Cocoa Powder has been treated with an alkali to neutralize its natural acidity. Because it is neutral and does not react with baking soda, it must be used in recipes calling for baking powder, unless there are other acidic ingredients in sufficient quantities used.

I hope that helps anyone curious about it.

Jran Sakarra (author)2008-04-27

I buy them at walmart and at this place called the world marcket where they have many flavors.

warlord (author)2008-04-27

Nice idea! I'm not a huge fan of Pocky, I prefer Jack 'n Jill but if you took off the 'Pocky' you'd have it. I'm squinting and I can almost see it without the text...

ravensuzuki (author)2008-04-27

faved!! Pocky FTW!!!

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-04-26

every friday i buy pocky at anime express!!! BUT THEY WENT OUT OF BUSNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

adio (author)2008-04-26

I LOVE POCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

T3h_Muffinator (author)2008-04-26

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm pocky!

Awesome job - it looks awesome =)

ColdHeat (author)2008-04-26

I'm Asian so I grew up with Pocky. I like it but I don't have a deep desire to eat Pocky as much as I can. Like some of my friends.

Brennn10 (author)2008-04-26

Oh my gosh! Pockys (sp?) are the BEST!!! This is absolutely amazing. I love it!

caitlinsdad (author)2008-04-25

We're partial to Pretz but Pocky has potential. Pretty cool! Is this eaten with a giant glass of milk?

GorillazMiko (author)2008-04-25

I LOVE POCKY!!! Great job, this is just AWESOME! I really hope you win. +1 vote. +1 rating.

jongscx (author)2008-04-25

You could very easily layer Ice-Cream into this to make an Ice-Cream pocky cake... oooh... Yellow-Butter Cake with Rocky-Road Ice-Cream... *droolz*

Jr Hacking kid (author)2008-04-25

you can buy it here from our import shop from hawaii

Sergeant Crayon (author)2008-04-25

You are a god. I live in a fairly large city (about 1200000) which has a great China-town, it has a huge mall in it, I believe the "Red Dragon"? it has a great big candy store in the very heart of it, selling only authentic Japanese and Chinese confections! I buy about five boxes (always new flavors of course!) of Pocky every time I go! And now I crave it. Well... I'm off to China-town

jenfraiz (author)2008-04-25

Thanks! I'm glad you all liked it. I had a blast making it!

clickbang (author)2008-04-25

mmm i love Pocky, that looks delicious!

Weissensteinburg (author)2008-04-25

That looks awesome!

theRIAA (author)2008-04-25

that looks absolutely delicious, awesome job... but you can never have just one

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