Sugar cake recipe from the Dalgona game – Le Devoir

This text is part of the special Pleasures notebook

Do you remember the game from the bloody Squid Game series, in which participants had to risk their lives to cut a circle, a star or an umbrella out of a sugar cookie? Well, the Dalgona game (not fatal, let us emphasize) actually exists in reality, Thibaud Villanova and Marie Palot teach us in their book Kdrama. The best recipes from Korean series.

“Dalgona means “it is sweet”. This delicacy, also called ppopgi or gukja, originated in Korean schools in the 1960s and 1970s. Melted white sugar mixed with baking powder to make it fluffy and create a pattern in the middle. If you managed to eat the candy while maintaining the pattern, you won a free Ppopgi. History says it is impossible,” explains Marie Palot. Here is the prescription.

For 4 cookies
Preparation: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes


4 tbsp. tablespoons (60 g) of white sugar
½ tsp. teaspoon (2.5 g) of baking soda
Grapeseed oil


·Silicone baking towel
· Circle, triangle, star or umbrella cutters
· Round press (optional)


1. Place the sugar in a small saucepan and heat over low heat. Use wooden sticks and mix the sugar continuously for 5 to 10 minutes. The idea is to make a caramel. This may take some time. When the sugar has melted and become liquid, add the baking soda while stirring. Continue cooking, stirring, for 2 minutes until a smooth and homogeneous mixture forms.

2. Pour the mixture onto a baking tray in four portions, making sure there is enough space between the candies. Grease the cookie cutter and round press (or the bottom of a glass). Press each mixture into a disk and use the cutter to draw the shape of your choice in the center.

3. Serve the cakes when they have cooled. Consider using a needle if you want to loosen the central shape without breaking it.

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