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

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

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