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7-Eleven adds an amazing carrot cake to its sweets lineup in Japan

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

Japan is world-renowned for its beautiful, delicious sweets, but one thing that’s hard to come by here is carrot cake. Originally hailing from England, the humble carrot cake is yet to become a household name in Japan — in fact, a lot of people here don’t even know what it is.

So you can imagine our delight when we found out that 7-Eleven is now selling carrot cakes in Japan. To be exact, the new product is called Carrot Cake & Walnut in English, although its Japanese name, which is far more descriptive, translates to Cinnamon-scented Moist Carrot Cake with Walnuts.


Cinnamon and walnuts are at the heart of any good carrot cake, so we were already onto a good start, and judging by the looks of things, there seemed to be a good amount of icing in there too. At least we hoped it was icing, because so many convenience store sweets are filled with whipped cream.

▼ With two layers of cake and two layers of icing, this was like two servings of cake in one cup.


Lifting the lid, we were greeted by a tiny topping of glacéed carrots, a cute and simple decoration that would no doubt surprise first-time carrot cake eaters in Japan.


Taking a big spoonful out of the cup, we got a taste of the icing, which was the cream cheese icing we’d been hoping for. It was so delicious we could’ve eaten a cup of it on its own, but the moist cake beneath it was equally delicious, with a pronounced hit of cinnamon and the perfect amount of grated carrots adding a slight savory sweetness to it all.


This carrot cake tasted as good as any you’d find in a British bakery, and at 300 yen per tub, it’s a small price to pay for a cake so rare. With such a big chain getting behind the humble carrot cake, here’s hoping it’s the start of a carrot cake boom in Japan.

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Excuse me Oona, that looks nothing like a British Carrot cake. Plus I can get carrot cake from at least 20 bakeries within 2 km of my apartment. Mind you, I live in Osaka known as the kitchen of Japan , Tokyo is not Japan anyway and do these people doing these articles ever visit anything but combini’s or fast food joints?

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Sure would like to try this. I'll have to look for it next time I'm at 7-11. I wonder if it's all over the country or just in select areas. My area is rarely selected.

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wow, the first reply, what a carrot.

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In typical Japanese style,the whole cake gets dissected as per a clinical investigation - amazing!

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That is NOT Carrot Cake. I used to miss Carrot Cake in Japan.

Carrot cake is moist, spiced and has walnuts and sultanas in the cake. The filling and icing is NOT whipped cream, but an icing made of cream cheese and icing sugar.

If you are going to indulge in a bit of cultural appropriation, at least do it properly.

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I had one on Monday and can report that although very different to a British carrot cake it was pretty good. But not exceedingly good!

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I really enjoyed the 7-11 “carrot cake” and think it’s carrot cake unlike someone above. It is definitely worth seconds and thirds.

I have found it in Adachi-Lu, Tokyo, but in Koto-ku I couldn’t.

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I trust the judgement of Mr Kipling, I’m have on the way from U.K. some of his fine products sent by my cousin.

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