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Pretty And Unique Desserts You Can Find In Korea

List Of Special Desserts That Will Please Your Eyes & Tastebuds!

Jaeeun Jo
20 days ago

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts

Today, I'll introduce pretty and unique desserts that you can see at Korean cafes.

When you travel to Korea, I recommend you visit various cafes. Even if it's the same item, each cafe has their own unique design and various ingredients, so it's fun to explore as many as you can!


Character Ttungcaron
캐릭터 뚱카롱

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, character macaron

Source: Instagram @lgacoffee_daecheon_

Macarons are a very popular dessert in Korea.

Unlike French macarons, macarons sold in Korea are sometimes called ttungcaron, meaning "fat macaron", because there is a thick layer of filling. In addition to the simple round shape, they also come shaped like cute characters!

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, character macaronSource: Instagram @lgacoffee_daecheon_

There are also impressive and cute Squid Game-themed macarons in the shape of the guards, dalgona, and the robot doll that have been popular as of late.


Handmade Character Candy
캐릭터 수제사탕

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, character candySource: Instagram @tongcaron

Moasae (모아새) in Mangwon-dong is a handmade candy shop. It opens at 1 p.m., but customers are often seen waiting in line from 11 a.m.!

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, character candySource: Instagram @tongcaron

However, looking at these cute handmade candies, I can fully understand why people would wait in line. Aren't the characters expressed so well on the tiny candies?

Each character even has a different flavor, so line up early and get as many candies as possible! It's a must-buy souvenir when you go to Mangwon-dong.


Latte Art
라떼 아트

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, latte art

Lately, such high-quality, intricate latte art drinks are being released that regular latte art, which is made by drawing pictures with white cream on top of the latte, is starting to look normal. You can see drawings such as babies and animals that are so cute it's almost a waste to drink!

If you're interested in more info on C.THROUGH, the cafe making the latte art in the picture, click here.


Dalgona Desserts
달고나 디저트

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, dalgona sconeSource: Instagram @butterple_

Thanks to Squid Game, dalgona has become a hit all over the world. Because of it's popularity, many innovative desserts using the traditional treat have also become popular in Korea. 

Along with dalgona, you can also find dalgona scones that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside at some cafes.

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, dalgona latteSource: Instagram @heetae_

When the COVID-19 pandemic began and people were looking for things to do at home, one of the early trends was making "dalgona coffee", right? This drink, which consists of milk and foam made by whipping instant coffee, water, and sugar, is not originally a drink containing dalgona.

However, the flavor was reminiscent of dalgona, so it was coined "dalgona coffee" among Koreans. Eventually, a dalgona coffee drink with actual dalgona pieces in it was even released. 

netflix squid game dalgonaSource: Netflix Squid Game

Dalgona is a snack made by boiling white sugar in a ladle or pot, mixing it with baking soda, and stirring it. It's crispy and very sweet, so it goes well with other desserts.

If you want to try making your own dalgona, click here.


Cheese-Shaped Cheesecake
치즈모양 치즈케이크

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, cheese shape cheesecake

This is a cake that looks like it might be seen in the cartoon Tom and Jerry. It is a Swiss cheese-shaped cheesecake that can be found at various cafes in Korea.


Yarn Ball Cake
털실뭉치 케이크

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, yarn ball cake

How many of you noticed that this is actually a mousse cake shaped like a ball of yarn? It looks so realistic that you were almost fooled, right? 

This earl grey-flavored mousse cake is topped with a button-shaped chocolate that tastes like strawberries. It's so cute!

If you're interested in Le Montblanc cafe where you can find these cakes, click here.


Lettering Cake
레터링 케이크
pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, lettering cake

Source: Instagram @creammello_

Koreans often eat cakes on anniversaries and birthdays, but recently, eating custom cakes that reveal the person's individuality has become a common trend.

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, lettering cakeSource: Instagram @buddycake_

Custom cakes often seem to be very expensive, but the size, cake design, and lettering vary widely, so you can make special custom cakes at a low price.

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, kpop lunchbox cake

Source: Instagram @whity.confectionery

This custom cake, packaged in a small paper box that looks like a lunch box, is called a dosirak cake (도시락 케이크/lunch box cake). Although it's small in size, it can be designed any way the customers want, so many K-pop fans order them to celebrate the birthdays of their favorite idols or to send as gifts.

If you're interested in ordering your own lettering cake, click here.


Croffle
크로플

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, croffleSource: Instagram @around.day

This is a crispy croffle made by baking croissant dough in a waffle machine. A cafe in Seongsu-dong first launched this item in Korea and it became a huge hit that's still receiving a lot of love. 

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, strawberry croffleSource: Instagram @_rosesitive

New croffle recipes are being endlessly developed, and they are being released in more diverse forms, like with strawberries, ice cream, cheese, etc.

If you're interested in the famous croffle cafe Founyard, click here.


Jeju Umu
제주 우무

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, jeju umu puddingSource: Instagram @hellowooya

Jeju Umu is a dessert cafe on Jeju Island that's super popular on Instagram. Here, you can try pudding made with natural agar collected by haenyeo (female divers) on Jeju Island.

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, jeju umu puddingSource: Instagram @hellowooya

They have custard, green tea, chocolate, earl grey, carrot, and peanut flavors, and you can also try coffee pudding at the Blue Bottle Jeju Cafe, a collaboration flavor between Jeju Umu and Blue Bottle.


Seasonal Fruit Dessert
제철과일 디저트

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, fig cakeSource: Instagram @onemorepropose

Fruits are essential for yummy desserts, and desserts using figs are popular in Korea these days. It is very sweet and has a pretty color, so it is used often in desserts. 

However, figs are in season from August to the end of October, so you can try them during this time.

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, strawberry cakeSource: Instagram @onemorepropose

Strawberries are another popular seasonal fruit used a lot in desserts. You can try a variety of desserts, such as cute pieces of cake and muffins, using strawberries, and in Korea, strawberries are in season from winter to spring, so you will be able to see a lot of strawberry desserts during this time.


Mongdol Rainbow
몽돌 레인보우

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, oedo nursery mongdol rainbowSource: Instagram @hamnbang

I've never seen such a mysterious and beautiful dessert! This is the Mongdol Rainbow from Oedo Nursery Cafe (외도널서리) on Geoje Island.

There is a famous beach called Mongdol Beach on Geoje Island, and this dessert it replicates not only the smooth shape of the pebbles but also their sparkling appearance!

pretty and unique korean cafe desserts, oedo nursury rainbow mongdol, yuzu adeSource: Instagram @hamnbang

The dessert is coated with rainbow-colored chocolate and is filled with fresh yogurt mousse made of raspberries and mangoes.

Their Yuzu Ade also boasts a color that is as beautiful as the Mongdol Rainbow, and it's so beautiful that it's a shame to mix the purple lavender tea and drink it.


Today we introduced pretty and unique desserts that can be found in Korean cafes. 

They're fun just to look at, but getting to eat them is the best part!

Which ones do you want to try most?


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