Photo: Cassandra Lord

No-bake strawberry shortcake: How to make a Japanese cake without an oven

1 Comment
By Cassandra Lord

As a Brit, I’ve always thought of strawberries as a summer fruit, but it’s hard to tell in Japan. They are grown as early as December and are in season until June. Around this time, the country goes bananas for strawberry treats—especially shortcake.

Why shortcake and not strawberry milkshakes or something? There are two theories. Some think a famous baker got the idea from the Americans. Others believe they picked it up from the French. Either way, the baker tweaked strawberry shortcake for the Japanese palate.

Do you want to make it yourself, but your tiny Japanese apartment doesn’t have an oven? Don’t fret. Our easy-as-pie shortcake recipe doesn’t need an oven and comes together in a snap.


Get berry specific with the cuts. Photo: Cassandra Lord

The cheat here is the glorious shokupan (literally eating bread). Shokupan, sometimes called hotel bread, is Japan’s favorite milk bread. It is a soft, fluffy bread with a near mochi-like (rice cake) texture. You can find it at any store or bakery. However, any soft bread will do.

  • Shokupan 2 slices
  • Heavy cream 100 milliliters
  • Mascarpone 100 grams (You can sub for extra 100 milliliters of heavy cream if needed)
  • Sugar 20 grams
  • Strawberries


Click here to read more.

© GaijinPot

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.

1 Comment
Login to comment

This is so dumb. If you want to eat cake, why would you go to the supermarket and buy bread and decorate it with whipped cream and strawberries? You might as well just buy a cake at that supermarket instead and decorate it. But then you can't have that click-bait title, can you? Bread covered in whipped cream is not the same as a no-bake cake.

This was so stupid, I want those minutes it took to read that "recipe" back from my life lol.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites