Christmas cake

Indulge in a delicious and festive treat with our Japanese-style Christmas cake! Topped with whipped cream and garnished with juicy strawberries and cherries, this is one pandessert you won’t want to miss.

In Japan, Christmas is not a national holiday and is not traditionally a major celebration. However, in recent years, Christmas has become more popular in Japan, particularly among young people, and it is now more common to see Christmas trees, lights, and other decorations in cities and towns during the holiday season.

One aspect of Christmas that has become particularly popular in Japan is the concept of “Christmas cake.” Christmas cakes are often offered as gifts, and are also sold in stores and restaurants during the holiday season. These cakes are typically round or square, and are often decorated with whipped cream, fruit, and other sweets.

a recipe for a traditional Japanese-style Christmas cake, by Japan Fans, Japanese Arts & Culture from the Centre of Utrecht
Picture via iStock

Here is a recipe for a traditional Japanese-style Christmas cake. Made with creamy butter and sweet sugar, this cake is sure to be a hit with all your holiday guests!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup cherries, diced


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk, until everything is well combined.
  6. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  7. Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch round cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  8. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting with whipped cream and decorating with the diced strawberries and cherries.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Japanese-style Christmas cake! If you tried it, don’t forget to share your results in our Japan Fans Facebook group. メリークリスマス ! 🎄

When we realise our dream of opening a Japanese Art & Culture Centre in Utrecht, we will host many cooking & baking workshops and courses there as well!