What Is Japanese Strawberry Shortcake?
Japanese strawberry shortcake is made with moist, light, and fluffy white cake layered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Every bite is light, creamy, and refreshing, with bursts of sweet tartness from the fresh strawberries.
Japanese strawberry shortcake is especially popular in Japan during the Christmas season. Because of this, the cake sometimes goes by the name “Japanese Christmas Cake” or “kurisumasu keki”. According to blogger Jamie of Drive Me Hungry, its red and white colors represent the colors of Christmas!
Why You Should Make This Japanese Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Here are all the reasons to make Japanese strawberry shortcake:
This Japanese strawberry shortcake recipe is small batch.
The handful of Japanese strawberry shortcake recipes online make 8, 9, and even 10-inch cakes! However, my recipe makes a “small batch”, 6-inch version. Cake cutting guides will tell you that 6-inch cakes serve around 8 to 10 people. However, I’ve found that most of the 6-inch cakes I make are easily devoured by a smaller group of 4 to 6 people.
Maybe that’s just my friends and family though, lol.
The white cake base for the Japanese strawberry shortcake comes together easily.
When researching Japanese strawberry shortcake recipes, I noticed that many of them used an advanced pastry technique that involved whipping egg whites separately. They then instructed you to fold the egg whites into the rest of the ingredients. Doing so results in an extremely airy, pillowy, and light-as-a-feather cake.
While I certainly enjoyed these Japanese strawberry shortcake recipes, I wanted to simplify the recipe and make it more attainable for beginner bakers. To do so, I swapped in the white cake recipe from my cookbook, Weeknight Baking. My white cake recipe makes an incredibly moist and light white cake, but without any advanced techniques like folding ingredients or piping batters. It makes a great base cake to pair with the airy whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
Japanese Strawberry Shortcake: An Exclusive Recipe for Patreon Supporters
Now that I’ve convinced you to make this Japanese strawberry shortcake, I have some potentially bad news. You’ll need to support me on Patreon to access the recipe. Before you click out, please either learn more about why I started a Patreon.
But the TL/DR is this: Patreon supporters of Hummingbird High get exclusive access to extra recipes like this one with a basic $1 or $5 subscription. Supporters also have the exclusive ability to choose the recipes I develop for Patreon by participating in a monthly poll. Previous recipes have included:
- Blueberry Scones (Small Batch)
- Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting (Small Batch)
- Cinnamon Rolls (Small Batch)
- Mini American Flag Cake
- No Bake Cheesecake Bars (Small Batch)
- Peach Crumb Bars (Small Batch)
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
- Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- Peppermint Bark Oreos
- Gateau Basque
- Blood Orange Drizzle Cake
- Small Batch Baileys Brownies
- Lemon Pudding Cake
- 6-Inch Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe
- Small Batch Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe
And now, this Japanese strawberry shortcake recipe. Hooray!
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Over the past several years of running Hummingbird High, I kept a crucial aspect of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extremely demanding job in the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I finally reveal the secrets to baking delicious desserts on a tight schedule.