Updated: May 30, 2019
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Japanese Christmas Cake Recipe! Easy and Authentic

This is an easy recipe that many Japanese people make for Christmas. Here's how to do it!

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Christmas Cake and Traditions in Japan

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In Japan, Christmas is mainly a couples' day for which some people go out to see the Christmas illuminations and then have a romantic dinner for instance. Christmas day is not a national holiday so most companies have normal work schedules. But still, some other traditions have emerged aside from the illumination viewing. One of them is ordering Kentucky Fried Chicken's chicken with one's family or friends, and another is enjoying Christmas cake. Christmas cakes come in different flavors and styles depending on the culture where it's made. In Japan, when people talk about Christmas cake, it most often refers to this whipped cream sponge cake decorated with strawberries. Strawberries are particularly good at that time of year in Japan, and you can even go strawberry picking during the winter season. Furthermore, the white and red combination does make it look Christmas-like. So here's how it's made!

Authentic Japanese Christmas Cake

This is a basic recipe that closely resembles the one many Japanese follow to make their Christmas cake. Feel free to adapt it to your taste.
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Sponge Cake

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First, you will need to make a sponge cake. If you want, you can simply buy one already made and skip this step.

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs
60 g of sugar
2 tsp of milk
60 g of weak wheat flour (cake or biscuit flour)
10 g of melted butter

STEPS

Step 1: Grease a cake tin for the baking
Step 2: Beat the eggs and the sugar in a preferably metal bowl until the sugar has melted
Step 3: Place the bowl in hot water so that it warms up to about your hands' temperature while you continue beating at a faster speed (with a blender if you have one). Once it has reached about your hand's temperature remove the bowl from the water and beat at a slower speed for about 1-2 minutes. Then add the milk.
Step 4: Add about half of the flour and blend it in taking large strokes from the bottom of the bowl. Once the flour has been blended in gently to the point that you can't see it, add the other half in the same way. Then, add the melted butter.
Step 5: Place in greased cake tin (around 18 cm) and cook at 200℃ (380°F) for 20 min.
Step 6: After 20 min, check to see if it is cooked inside by inserting a fork in it and seeing if there is some half-cooked dough that sticks to it when you remove it.
Step 7: Let it cool and cut it in half so that you get two circular pieces.

Whipped Cream and Strawberries

Next Steps are quite simple. You just need to make your whip cream and prepare your strawberries for decoration.

INGREDIENTS

200ml of fresh cream (35%)
4 tbs of sugar
20 strawberries

STEPS

Step 1: Whip the cream with the sugar until it has consistency that is firm enough for you to spread on the cake.
Step 2: Cut about half of the strawberries in half and place them on the top surface of one of the cake, then cover with a thick layer of whipped cream.
Step 3: Place the other half of the cake on top of the one you have just covered with whipped cream and strawberries, and then cover all surfaces of the cake.
At this point, your cake should look like this.
Step 4: Decorate with the remaining strawberries and your cake is done!
Enjoy your Japanese Christmas cake!

Lastly...

Hope you'll have fun making this Japanese Christmas cake! If you'd like to know more about what Japanese people generally eat for Christmas, please check ou this article.
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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