Monday, December 27, 2010

Let there be cake!

If you read my post, A Japanese-style Christmas, you'll know that in Japan Christmas cake is big business, and the must-have food for the event. On December 24th, the cake shops or cake counters are crowded with people picking up their pre-ordered confections, or purchasing something then and there.

Takano Christmas cakes
Takano counter in Kokubunji, a cake shop chain famous for its high-quality fruit.

After enjoying our tradition of Christmas sushi, we picked up our cake at what has recently become our favourite cake shop, à la campagne(ア・ラ・カンパーニュ). (There were too many people around their counter to get any kind of picture).


Here's our cake, what they called a "tarte à la neige". It actually looked very much like the picture in the brochure and tasted pretty darn nice as well.


On Saturday we had a Canadian-style Christmas and generally spent the weekend unplugged and relaxing, and eating and napping. All in all it was a very good Christmas this year. I hope yours was just as sweet!


  1. I had read that Japanese Christmas is celebrated with strawberry cake and contemplated making some this year... But I really can't buy strawberries in December -- they have no taste!

    Still, I feel a bit sorry now that I'm drooling over that picture of yours... LOL

  2. That looks *delicious*! Happy Canadian-style Christmas!

  3. Yum, that looks fantastic! I'd love to visit Japan one day around Christmas just to try that cake.
    Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas with lots of relaxing.

  4. Happy Christmas! Boy, does that cake look great :-)

  5. I read somewhere before that Christmas in Japan required a beautiful, wonderful-tasting cake, but everytime I see one I am amazed :) I wish we could import this custom back to the West. Cake looks delicious!

  6. Oh, that cake looks delicious! I'm glad to hear you had a good Christmas.


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