Japanese Cake History
At first, there seems to be nothing different about this cake; it has eggs, flour, sugar, milk, etc. The main thing that the Japanese do differently with their cakes is whipping the egg whites and sugar into firm peaks. They then fold this egg mixture into the remaining ingredients, creating a nice fluffy cake.
The Japanese enjoy the same flavors that we enjoy in the United States such as chocolate and strawberry shortcake. These cakes are eaten in the same kind of situations that we would eat cake in America, so birthdays, holidays, and whenever we feel like it.
Japanese Cake Recipe
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 Tbsp butter, slightly melted
- 1/3 cup milk
- 5 eggs, separated
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- 2/3 cup sugar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease the bottom and sides of a 9″ round cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and then grease the paper as well.
Sift together the salt and flour in a medium bowl.
In a separate bowl mix the butter and milk until combined. I had a hard time mixing these ingredients, so expect it to be a little lumpy. Then mix in the five egg yolks and vanilla.
Whisk the flour and salt mixture into the wet ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are combined and no lumps are present.
Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk together five egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Then add the sugar and whisk until firm peaks form.
Fold the egg white mixture into the rest of the ingredients in three parts. Folding until no white streak marks appear before adding the next addition.
Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan, smoothing out the top of the batter.
Bake for ten minutes, reduce the temperature to 325 and then bake for another ten minutes. Rotate the cake and bake for twenty more minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Let the cake cool for a couple of minutes once it is removed from the oven. Run a knife along the perimeter of the pan to loosen the sides. Let the cake cool completely before serving. Serve with whipped cream and fruit or just some powdered sugar, it’s up to you.
Enjoy your Japanese Cake!