Japanese Christmas Cake

Japanese Christmas Cake

Background and History

Japanese Christmas Cake, or “Kurisumasu Keki,” is a festive and popular dessert enjoyed during the holiday season in Japan. Introduced in the 20th century, this cake typically features a light sponge cake layered with whipped cream and decorated with vibrant strawberries, symbolizing the joy and colors of Christmas.

Ingredients

For the Sponge Cake:

4 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup cake flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling and Decoration:

2 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fresh strawberries for topping

Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grease and line two round cake pans.

Sponge Cake

In a bowl, sift together cake flour and baking powder.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs and gradually add sugar, beating until thick and pale.

Gently fold in the sifted dry ingredients, followed by milk and melted butter.

Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Whipped Cream Filling

Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form.

Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract, continuing to whip until stiff peaks form.

Assembly

Once the cakes are cool, spread a layer of whipped cream on top of one cake.

Place the second cake on top and cover the entire cake with the remaining whipped cream.

Decoration

Decorate the top with fresh strawberries and dust with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Note: Nutritional information may vary based on specific ingredients and serving sizes.

Calories: Approximately 300 per serving

Protein: 4g

Fat: 20g

Carbohydrates: 25g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 15g

Notes

Customize with other fruits or decorations for a personal touch.

Japanese Christmas Cake is traditionally enjoyed on Christmas Eve.

Allergy Warning

Check for allergies in dairy products and ensure there are no nut allergies in any added toppings or decorations.

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