Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

I love the Japanese Strawberry Shortcake – it is a popular Christmas and birthday cake in Japan. It is my favourite cake. A confectionary of sponge cake, whipped cream and strawberries. It is so pretty to look at. And because the flavours are quite light, I can eat one entire cake by myself. I am not fond of strawberries but I adore sponge cake and whipped cream.

Initially, I couldn’t understand why the cake was called a “shortcake” when it is primarily made with sponge cake. But what the heck, it tastes good, looks good, and that’s good enough for me.

When I read that Sarah of Sarah’s Loft was teaching classes on the Japanese Strawberry Shortcake, I jumped at the chance to sign up. I have been reading her blog for a while and I love her photos, her cakes, pastries and cookies. The presentation of her baked goods is always so pretty, whimsical and tasteful. I also thought making the cake at a class was a foolproof way of getting the husband a wedding anniversary cake, which I could sneakily present as something that I had made on my own. Not entirely false there.

The baking class was conducted at Sarah’s home, on a Sunday afternoon, and lasted approximately 2.5 hours. There were 3 students per class and it was a hands-on, relaxed, easy-to-follow lesson. I had a bit of difficulty with icing the cake; I just couldn’t get the icing to be even because my wrist was just not moving in the right way and my cake was “balding”. Well, nothing that more practice cannot fix! πŸ™‚


Don’t you love her instruction sheet? ‘Cos I do. She made sketches of each step of the method and coloured them! There is so much heart in her work. β™₯β™₯β™₯

Japanese Strawberry Shortcake
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7 thoughts on “Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Hello, Bee-san.
    Umm.. You see I have been trying to search for a recipe for Japanese Strawberry Cake.
    Since I’m a clumsy and a bit slow, I’ve been searching for a simple-to-follow recipe and one that can exempt the gelatin uses in it, since my town didn’t sell those. Our town is more of small city.
    I know there are a lot of Strawberry Cake recipe out there but I just want the Japanese version one.
    I had this crush to a Japanese student when I had a study tour to the area, and because he had birthday on Christmas. I’ve been planning to make him a cake.
    But since, there’s little to no time. I’m crossed between baking cookies or cake.
    I decided to just send the photos since it’s impossible to send it now ( the tour just ended ).

    I’m planning to bake him this recipe you have above, but since the picture is small could you send the original photos to my mail please? I promised to use it only for baking my cake.
    If you got my mail now, and send it to me soon, maybe I could still make it in time, but if not, I could always try next year.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Dec 25, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Hi Naoki-san

    Thanks for your note. I apologise for being a little late in responding to you. Are you referring to photos of the cake, or the recipe? If it’s the recipe, I could email it to you.

  • Feb 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Hello Bee San,
    I try to make some strawberry shortcake before, but i loss my recipe. Btw, i wish to learn the japanese version as well. The Japanese strawberry shortcake look taste great . can i have the recipe for it. Thank you so much and appreciate for it

  • Feb 19, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Hi Wendy

    Thanks for dropping by. My recipe is in hardcopy and I will copy it out and email it to you. Please give me some time. πŸ™‚

  • Dec 1, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Hello Bee-san,

    The strawberry shortcake you featured here looks very delicious! I have been trying to find a good recipe and the one here looks like the best so far. May I know if I could also have a copy of the recipe, if it’s still available?

    Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚


  • Dec 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Rei

    I will send the recipe to your email account. Thanks for dropping by!


  • Sep 18, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Hi Bee-san,

    Can you please share the recipe for me please?

    I would like to make it for my good friend who loves japanese shortcake very much and we cant get it here where we are.

    Thanks so much in advance πŸ™‚


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