Ramen Cake

Made with pound cake, sweet potato and berry jam, this bowl of ramen is hiding a sweet surprise.


  • 2 thin slices of pound cake
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam, warm
  • Freshly whipped cream
  • Fresh fruit
  • 600 grams sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 100 milliliters milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 160 grams sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 500 milliliters iced tea
  • Melted dark, white and pink chocolate
  • Green gummies, cut into small pieces


  1. Place one slice of pound cake in the bottom of a noodle bowl. Brush with some jam and dollop some whipped cream on top. Add a couple pieces of fruit, then top with more whipped cream, another slice of pound cake and some jam. Place in the freezer while you make the 'noodles'.
  2. Soak the sweet potato in water for 10 minutes. Drain, then cover with plastic wrap and microwave at 500W for 8 minutes, or until soft. Mash with a fork, then add the milk, butter, sugar and cinnamon and mix until combined. Gently pour the mixture into a sieve to drain any excess liquid (you just want the thick paste). Discard the liquid and press the remaining mixture through the sieve to remove any lumps.
  3. Spread the mixture onto and around the pound cake to create a base for the noodles. Place the remaining mixture in a piping bag fitted with a round tip and pipe noodles on top. Return the bowl to the freezer until the noodles are frozen solid.
  4. To make the 'broth', sprinkle the gelatin into the water and let develop for 5 minutes. Pour the iced tea into a small pot and bring it to a boil. Add the gelatin mixture and whisk until fully dissolved. Allow this to cool to room temperature.
  5. In the meantime, swirl some white and dark chocolate on a square of parchment paper to create the 'chashu pork'. Use the same technique to make the pink and white fishcake. Transfer to the freezer for the chocolate to stiffen.
  6. Once the noodles are completely stiff, gently pour the cooled iced tea mixture into the bowl, adding enough to look like broth. Return to the freezer for 10 minutes, or until it has just set to the touch. Add the chocolate pork, fishcake and green gummies (to look like green onion) and transfer to the fridge for 1 hour for the jello to continue to firm and the cake to defrost underneath.
  7. Then dive in and EAT your ramen!