A Chocolate Twist on the Classic Japanese Strawberry Shortcake, #SundaySupper Retro Recipes

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Gazing at the pictured strawberry shortcake on the back of the Bisquick box (sent in a care package to Tokyo from my grandmother, Nona, in Colorado)  I marveled as a kid at the American concoction.

American-Style Strawberry Shortcake (Photo credit)

The biscuit heaped with mounds of cream and topped with strawberries was certainly different looking from the delicate strawberry shortcake slices sold in Japanese pâtisseries.

Japanese-Style Strawberry Shortcake

(Pictured is a slice from the Japanese Beard Papa pastry shop  
which has opened several franchise stores in Los Angeles.)

On a regular basis, I enjoyed strawberry shortcake at a pastry shop after a Kiddy Land toy store excursion in Harajuku or a movie in Shibuya (where a statue dedicated to a loyal dog named Hachiko is located.) Diving into a slice of soft vanilla sponge cake filled and topped with whipped cream and strawberries is and was like tasting food from Heaven!


However, I created a chocolate cake twist on the Japanese classic for the FamilyFoodie's #SundaySupper Twitter event celebrating retro recipes. Please join the exchange of great ideas and recipes every Sunday at 7p.m. ET on Twitter. Simply type in #SundaySupper in the search bar.

The Ninja Baker's Chocolate Twist on Classic Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

Here's the how-to for the Ninja Baker's Chocolate Twist:
1. Bake 2 layers of your favorite chocolate cake. (I like the recipe on the back of the Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa tin.)
2. Cool in the freezer as this will allow for easier frosting. (Less crumb control.)
3. Whip up 2 cups of heavy cream, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and a generous 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. (Always remember to put your mixing bowl and beater in the freezer the night before for easy whipping.)
4. Prepare chocolate frosting. (I often use the Ghirardelli recipe on the back of the sweetened ground chocolate tin. Do have extra milk on hand as the icing does tend to stiffen pretty quickly.)
5. Wash, drain and thinly slice six strawberries.
6. Slather chocolate frosting between the two layers of cake.
7. Top with whipped cream and the sliced strawberries.
8. Place the second layer carefully on top.
9. Pipe with whipped cream.
10. Garnish with strawberries. Whole or sliced. 


If you like strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate (as I do) it will be an act of love to share this dessert with those around your Sunday Supper table. Your family and friends will also appreciate the amazing dishes listed below from some of the best food bloggers in the blogosphere.

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Wishing you the comforts and joys of retro recipes.

P.s. Special shout out to to the Foodie Friends Friday group who included this post in their Copycat Recipe Party.



The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

The Ninja Baker's recipes are also available at:

BlogHer Food Editor's Pick of the Day
(27 December 2012)

The Ninja Baker's Japanese Plum Sweet Memories and Recipes

Bob's Red Mill:
Almond Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Bob's Red Mill:
The Ninja Baker's Gluten-Free Breakfast Cupcake

Wholesome Sweeteners:
The Ninja Baker's Gluten-Free Coconut Chocolate Cheesecake Minis with Espresso Cream

Wholesome Sweeteners:
The Ninja Baker's Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Champagne Glaze & Optional Lemon Peach Marmalade Filling





Wow, I never knew about the

Wow, I never knew about the Japanese version of strawberry shortcake...both the standard and your chocolate shortcake look fantastic. I know my family would love either!!! Great retro dish, Kim :)

Strawberry shortcake with or

Strawberry shortcake with or without chocolate is an irresistible treat. But better always to put something sensible like your fabulous curry dish in the stomach first =) Very much appreciate your taking time to visit, Aleks.


I have to say, I think a chocolate version of shortcake sounds even better than the "regular" version!!!

Me, too! Chocolate and

Me, too! Chocolate and whipped cream are definite indulgences. But I promise I'll eat my Dinners Desserts and Diners' Brussel sprouts with bacon and balsamic vinegar first. =)

Hi there!

I was told that Japanese pastry is more influenced by the European pastry then the American pastry. Is that true? Now your strawberry shortcrust wouldn't survive the day in my house. My husband loves this time of creamy pastry. =)

Yes! The Japanese pastry

Yes! The Japanese pastry world is filled with French influence. (Blue jeans and the term "ok" are of course American imports =) But lucky you, Helene, you grew up with the influence of both French and Austrian pastries! Oo-la-la!

I've had bunches of shortcake

I've had bunches of shortcake before but never chocolate. Holy goodness! I'm thinking about making this for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother's Day. They would love it and it is also strawberry season. Perfect.

You have totally captured my

You have totally captured my heart and stomach with this chocolate twist on an old classic. As much as I love strawberry shortcake, this chocolate number blows me away! What can I say - I'm an obsessed chocoholic through and through. This would be perfect for Valentines Day...only if I could force myself to share ;)

I love the teatime perfect

I love the teatime perfect strawberry shortcakes featured at Asian pâtisseries, too. P.s. Recently I found out that some of the whipped toppings contain cherry brandy =)