Marugoto is a Japanese word meaning “whole” or “entire,” and sure enough, the Marugoto Melon Cake is a cake that’s contained inside a full melon. The creation of Japanese patissier Koki Kato, the Marugoto Melon Cake starts with a carefully selected musk melon.
From the outside, the cake looks like an ordinary, if not delicious, fruit, but inside it’s stuffed with melon, strawberry, and alternating layers of mille-feuille-style cake and cream.
Kato’s goal was to create a dessert to excite all five senses. The sight and taste quotients are obvious, and the aroma of the musk melon as you slice the cake open takes care of your sense of smell.
The Marugoto Melon Cake isn’t the only trick Kato has up his sleeve in his produce, as he’s also created a Marugoto Pineapple Cake, with coconut blancmange milk cream and raspberry gelatin, and a more compact Marugoto Orange Cake, which features chocolate and yogurt mousse fillings.
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The appearance of the pineapple and orange desserts will have to wait until their respective fruits come into season, but the Marugoto Melon Cake is being offered for sale online. With musk melons being delicacies that command high prices in Japan, the cake isn’t particularly cheap, going for 8,900 yen (US$83), but for a special occasion dessert, it’s hard to find something more uniquely photogenic than this.