Japanese Roll Cake, Jelly Roll, Swiss Roll.

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One of very popular cake is Roll Cake, Jelly roll, Swiss roll in Japan. I think recently (about 10 years ago) started getting more popular. We had Jelly roll cake when I was kid more, but now more decoration and better taste roll cakes anywhere in Japanese cake shop. Bûche de Noël is very popular when I was kid for Christmas. Bûche de Noël is very popular when I was kid for Christmas. If you want to read more about Bûche de Noël, go to this page.

A Swiss roll or jelly roll is a type of sponge cake roll. The thin cake is made of eggs, flour and sugar and baked in a very shallow rectangular baking tray, called a sheet pan. The cake is removed from the pan and spread with jam or buttercream, rolled up, and served in circular slices.
The origins of the term “Swiss” roll are unclear and the cake originated in Central Europe and not Switzerland. It is a traditional German, Hungarian and probably Austrian type of cake. The shape of the Swiss roll has inspired usage of the term as a descriptive term in other fields, such as in optics. If you want to know about Roll Cake go to this page.




chestnut cream

chestnuts roll cake

This time, I use chestnuts cream from France. When I went to France I bought them a lot and brought back home. I had never found this in the store near my house. However, I finally found one from Whole Food store, recently. I was very very happy at that day!
Not so many chestnuts cake in United States. I don’t know why people not eat this. They may not discover this taste? They just don’t know the existing? I don’t know! But as a Japanese person, I like chestnuts taste and miss them once and a while.
I can not find it, so I have to make it by myself. And this is the easiest, simple cake you can make it. My Japanese girl friend who lives in Germany thought me this recipe. And she is the one said I should buy these chestnuts cream when I go to France. And in France, it is very easy to find this can chestnuts, I think almost any glossary store carry this product.

I whipped cram, no addition of any sugar but I put this whole can of chestnut cream and mix with it.  It is already sweet chestnuts.  Put on the sponge and roll!  It is so easy.  I serve this to my American friends, they all liked it.  I still don’t know why they don’t have this great sweets in this country…




Children’s Day Festival and anime charactor cake

support japan cake

I was invited every year for Japanese Children’s day Festival, Kodomonohi festa at my friend house in Charleston. This couple of years I hadn’t went but this year, finally, I went. What they do is just meet Japanese people and Children who live in around Charleston area and cerebrate Children’s day together. It is a great day to see your friends.

We do potluck (spell?) so you can see many foods there. However, the main thing is a Anime charactor cake and cup cakes for the kids. Some volunteer mother get together a day before and make a cake and cup cakes. They decorate cakes for Japanese Children’s Day Festival. You may not know but Anpan-man who is a big cartoon, anime charactor for Japanese kids. About this past 15 plus years, every kids (3 to 5 years old) know the hero Anpan-man.
This is the Anpan-man character and his friends. And this is the Cakes! I found Pika-chu, too.
You can not find this in the American cap cake shop!




jam oji san? sponge bob pika pika i don:t know the name i don:t know the name shoku pan man dokin chan anpanman cup cake thomas

Children’s Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no hi?) is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is part of the Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948.

Although it is not known precisely when this day started to be celebrated, it was probably during the reign of the Empress Suiko (593–628 A.D.). In Japan, Tango no Sekku was assigned to the fifth day of the fifth month after the Nara period.
Until recently, Tango no Sekku was known as Boys’ Day (also known as Feast of Banners) while Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) was celebrated on March 3. In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers. It was renamed Kodomo no Hi. If you want to read more about Kokomo no hi, go this page.