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Japanese-style strawberry shortcake for two

Happy holidays! Today, I made a small Japanese-style strawberry shortcake as a Christmas treat. Fresh, less sweet and the size is just suitable for two. Blueberries and mint leaves are from my tiny garden!


Ingredients: (round ring mold: 12cm diam.)

Sponge cake base: 30g cake flour, 1 egg, 25g sugar, 5g butter, 15cc milk,  vanilla oil (additional)

Decoration and filling: 200g fresh milk + 15g sugar + drops of rum (or any other liquor you like), 2 tbsp apricot jam + 1 tsp orange curacao, some strawberries, blueberries, mint leafs and silver dragees


  1. Sift flour. 
  2. Microwave butter and milk to melt.
  3. Preheat the oven (170℃).
  4. Whip an egg and sugar until stiff. Add 2-3 drops of vanilla oil, flour and fold the mixture.
  5. Bake the mixture in the oven for about 20min.
  6. While cooling the sponge case base, whip fresh cream with sugar and rum.
  7. Once the sponge cake base cooled, slice it in the middle.
  8. Spread a mixture of apricot jam and orange Curaçao on each section.
  9. Put sliced strawberries and whipped fresh cream between two slices of sponge cake base.
  10. Cover the whole cake with whipped cream and decorate the top and the plate with strawberries, blueberries, mint leaves and silver dragees. 

Transition: Beautiful flowers and strange Christmas customs in Japan

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Transition“.

Cyclamens and poinsettias in crimson, red, pink, purple and cream in front of flower shops in this season are simply beautiful. It looks like a one piece of art transitioning its colors.

Without any doubt, they are Christmas flowers. In December, cities in Japan become so colorful and joyful with lots of illuminations, decorations, flowers and music…

Well, but it’s still a big mystery to me (and to most of the people, I believe) why there are many strange Christmas customs in Japan where most of the people are non-Christian.

For small kids, it’s a day to receive a Christmas from Santa Clause. In the morning on December 25, they will find a gift (in most cases, they know what they receive because their moms make them write a letter to Santa Clause) near their pillows. Mothers prepare chicken dishes (Not turkeys in most cases. It’s even KFC in some families…) and so-called “Christmas cake”. I enjoyed it as a kid without any thought.

Things get worse as we grow up. We gradually become obsessed with the fixed idea that we must spend a very romantic Christmas Eve with someone special… Media frequently reports what to buy as Christmas gifts, where to go, what to where, and what to eat…

Now, as a married woman, I’m free from that obsession. And I already know these customs are for B-to-C companies. But this year (again), it’s more than likely that I, who moderately believe in Buddhism and Shintoism, will prepare some Chicken dish and Christmas cake without finding out what drives me to do so…