Birthday Cakes

Posted July 8th, 2012 in Food 8 Comments »

It’s been a little busy week for me – making birthday cakes 🙂

For birthday cake, I always make the same one; sponge with freshly whipped cream and lots of fresh fruits.  That’s my favourite cake in Japan, and people who ask me to make cakes seem to be the same.

Strawberries are getting cheap here as spring approaches.  I love the combination of strawberries and cream!

This is the another one I made last week.  Pink-themed cake 🙂

I mixed strawberry jam and fresh strawberries to the cream when I whipped.  It tasted fantastic and sweet so I didn’t need to add sugar to it.

Yum yum…..  I made extra for myself, and that’s a real treat for my tired body and brain 😀

8 Comments on “Birthday Cakes”

  1. 1 Niina said at 8:27 am on July 9th, 2012:

    Oooo they are so beautiful! For me a birthday cake is always a sponge cake full of cream and strawberries 😀

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 9:14 pm on July 9th, 2012:

    Same here 🙂 I love strawberry cake with sponge and cream!

    Thank you 🙂

  3. 3 Kanako said at 11:30 am on July 9th, 2012:

    wow they look amazing! ^-^

  4. 4 Paul (Blueshoe) said at 11:15 pm on July 10th, 2012:

    Wow, that looks really good! When you bake, do you make your deserts like the ones in Japan, or have you adopted a more Australian cooking style (though I have never been to Australia so I’m not sure how different they would be in this case!)? One thing I noticed during my time there is that for my American palette (we are used to really sweet things over here, I guess), Japanese deserts and cakes always looked really good but then didn’t taste very sweet to me, and it was often disappointing.

  5. 5 umepontarou said at 9:48 am on July 15th, 2012:

    Hi Paul

    Thanks for reading!
    Yes, when making cakes I most of the time make them in Japanese style. That’s how I like it 🙂
    To me, cakes and dessert in Australia and America are too sweet – too much sugar and butter. I guess it’s one of the things we don’t have in common… I was surprised to see at first that my in-law leaving a birthday cake outside the fridge overnight; because the cake was covered with butter icing – but to me, birthday cakes are always made with freshly whipped cream 🙂

  6. 6 umepontarou said at 9:48 am on July 15th, 2012:

    Hi Paul,

    Haha, when you have a lot of time to kill in the kitchen, you can make them 😀

  7. 7 Paul (@BlueKutsu) said at 2:46 am on July 19th, 2012:

    I read somewhere that Japanese deserts tend to use more fat and American (Western?) ones use more sugar. So I guess ours are sweeter and less filling, which means we eat more and get fatter. =P

    Yeah, I didn’t have an oven in Japan so I never tried baking. One of these days I’ll have to give it a try!

  8. 8 umepontarou said at 8:52 pm on July 19th, 2012:


    That makes sense. Yeah we love whipped cream…
    I didn’t have oven in my house either! It’s really recent that people started having proper ovens at home.

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