In Japan's southern Alps, there's a special kind of cake which doesn't look much at all like what we eat on our birthdays.
The cake is called Mizu Shingen mochi, or raindrop cake, and it's not hard to see why:
If a passerby didn't know better, they'd think it was just a giant drop of water, but the raindrop cake is solid...at least for 30 minutes. Once it's been exposed to room temperature, customers have about 30 minutes to eat the cake before it loses its shape.
The raindrop cakes are a low-calorie alternative to traditional cakes...
And they can be served in a variety of ways!
At some point, there must have been a person determined to EAT water instead of drinking it.
That person created a beautiful recipe that shatters all expectations! Be sure to pick up a raindrop cake during your next trip to Japan.