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Cat pancakes: Easier to make than normal ones thanks to super-cute, super-cheap Japanese gadget

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Unlike in America, where pancakes are a breakfast staple, in Japan they’re primarily seen as a dessert, Because of that, the consensus here is that not only should pancakes taste great, they should look cute as well.

So we recently whipped up a batch of adorable cat-shaped pancakes, and believe it or not, they were even easier to make than the plain old circular type.

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Before we got started cooking, we made a quick stop at our local branch of 100 yen shop Can Do, one of Daiso’s rivals in the never-ending contest for the budget shopping crown. While there, we picked up Can Do’s Easy Thick Cat-Shaped Pancake Mold (“Kantan Atsume no Pankeki Morudo Neko-kata” if you’re asking the clerk for it in Japanese), which, like everything in the store, costs only 100 yen. The mold holds about 50 grams of pancake mix

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The thin silicon mold has two protrusions on the sides which mark the line you’re supposed to fill the pancake batter up to. We bought two molds.

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Rather than heating the mold directly, you instead put it on a frying pan, then place the pan on the range and turn on the flame. Cover the frying pan with a lid and cook, on low heat, for seven minutes.

We lifted the lid to sneak a peek and snap some pics half-way through.

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Once the time is up, your pancakes should be done cooking. That’s right-there’s no need to flip them during cooking! Simply remove the mold from the frying pain, holding it by the protrusions, turn the mold over, and…

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…you’ve got your cat pancakes (catcakes?)!

The most popular pancake cafes in Japan make theirs extra-thick, and Can Do’s mold, as promised, does so too. Eyeballing it, we’d say the pancakes come out about four centimeters in height.

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Being the creative types we are, or, more honestly, the can’t-resist-looking-for-excuses-to-put-chocolate-on-everything types that we are, we grabbed a bottle of chocolate sauce and squeezed eyes, a smile, whiskers, and stripes onto our pancake.

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Then we sliced up some strawberries from Tochigi Prefecture to really make it feel like we were in a fancy Harajuku cafe.

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Since we’d made two pancakes at once, we figured we may as well make our snack a double-decker.

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Oh, and if you’re worried that not flipping the pancakes will leave them mushy on one side or runny in the middle, fear not, as keeping a lid on the frying pan during cooking makes sure they’re evenly cooked all the way through.

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Our grandkids would love those!

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