Shock your guests with this fantastic raindrop cake recipe

Published Jan 4, 2021 02:00 p.m. ET
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If you spend any time on the internet, then chances are pretty good that you’ve come across this masterpiece in some YouTube or Facebook video. It’s just so strange to look at that at first glance. Many assume that it must be impossible to make. It must be a trick of the lens, or an illusion of the eye, or something along those lines because it’s just too spectacular to be real. We’re here to assure you that not only does this dessert exist, but you can make a raindrop cake of your very own, and you can even infuse it with cannabis.

Not your average cake

Raindrop cake isn’t a cake per se. It’s more of a gelatin-based jello-like dessert, but surprisingly enough, it is sliceable and a blast to serve to eagerly awaiting guests despite its appearance of water. Its texture is thicker like a cheesecake, but if you’ve ever had molded jello, that’s pretty much what this treat is. It’s now one of the most viral Japanese desserts out there, and everyone wants a taste, but are you brave enough to attempt something so unconventional?

A cannabis-infused raindrop cake recipe

This transparent raindrop cake is the most straightforward combination. Once you perfect it, it’s possible to play with the design by using edible flowers or sprinkles to drop inside the dessert for added flair. It’s still pretty amazing without any extra fancy features, and if you’re a beginner in the kitchen, then simple is the best place to start.

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 15 minutes

Calories: 48

Servings: 8


  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon distillate (or less)
  • 1 tablespoon bakers’ sugar (ultra-fine)
  • 2 ¾ teaspoons agar powder
  • ½ cup roasted soybean flour


  • Large pot
  • Whisk
  • Large glass bowl with smooth bottom
  • Saran wrap
  • Cutting board


  1. Add all of the water to the pot and the agar powder, and then use a whisk to combine the ingredients until the powder dissolves, which should take approximately five minutes.

  2. Pour the sugar into the pot, stir everything, and then place the pot on a burner that is set to medium heat.

  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer, maintain this temperature for approximately three minutes, and whisk the ingredients on occasion to prevent scalding.

  4. Remove the pot from the heat, and then add in the distillate.

  • Blend the ingredients well to ensure an even distribution of the distillate, and then pour the mixture into a large glass or ceramic bowl with a smooth bottom.

  • Cover the dish with saran wrap and then leave it to set and harden overnight in the fridge.

  • When you’re ready to serve this fantastic raindrop cake, sprinkle the baked flour on the top of it right before you slice it.

  • By the next morning, your raindrop cake will be ready for you to dig in!

    How to serve raindrop cake

    Now that you have this perfect raindrop cake, you’re probably wondering how on earth you’re supposed to slice it up to feel multiple people. It’s not at all like a traditional cake, because once it’s cut, the slices will wobble and move, so it is important that you do this properly. Too much fumbling with the pieces will cause them to fall apart, and while they’ll still taste just as impressive, the effect won’t be the same.

    To serve raindrop cake, you’re going to need:

    • Large sharp knife

    • Tongs (without sharp edges)

    • Serving plates


    1. Carve once slice out of the raindrop cake and then use the tongs to carefully slide it onto a serving plate.

    2. Continue until all of the pieces are served.

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