Have your cake and win it


Osaka, Japan: When Charlotte told me she’d found a skill tester machine for cakes, I was excited, but not anywhere near as excited as I would have been if I’d known what was in store (I pictured a lone machine with a few pre-packaged cakes inside, nothing like the baked cheesecakes above ā€“ yours with a few clicks of the skill tester’s claw).


The place was called Sweets Sweets, and it’s a whole arcade of skill testers where you win cakes! It’s in an old-school shotengai (traditional shopping street) just a few minutes from Ogimachi subway station. Use the machine’s claw to win whipped-cream-topped strawberry shortcakes, fresh fruit parfaits, vanilla-bean-infused French puddings… (The skill testers are refrigerated and the cakes are restocked a few times a day.)


Insert a 100yen coin for one try. You have to nudge the cake off to the left side with the claw (these strawberry shortcakes were all hanging out on the right side, playing hard to get). On the left side is a tray; if you are successful the cake slides onto the tray, then you can scoop out your prize!


The more delicate items are encased in plastic bowls for protection. This type was the easiest to win, coz the bowls were easy to nudge over to the tray on the side. I won one similar to this.


Fruit parfaits ā€“ win the one in the basket by picking it up with a hook. This type was the hardest to win.


I wanted to win this so badly but I was hopeless with the ‘pick it up with a hook’ ones.


Charlotte won 2 donuts in one go!


To win one of these roll cakes, you had to scoop the plastic handle over to the right edge. One was green tea flavour.


This was just one side of the arcade. There were about 20 different machines in all. One of the funnest food excursions ever!


  1. Posted August 6, 2009 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    this is so awesome!!

  2. prettyprettyyumyum
    Posted August 7, 2009 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    omg it was the cutest place! if you’re ever in Osaka….

  3. K
    Posted August 10, 2009 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    that is freakin awesome! i’d probably go poor playing on those machines if they had it down under!

  4. Posted August 19, 2009 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    ooohh! i could easily spend heaps here. trying to get the cakes is much more fun than the soft toys!!

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