25 Yummy Japanese Desserts

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If you have a craving for sweets, you’re going to adore these easy and tasty Japanese desserts.

From mochi to taiyaki to matcha panna cotta, these sweet treats will have you craving more!

Japanese desserts are rich, decadent, and full of different flavors.

 So what are you waiting for?

Let’s get baking!

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1. Mochi Ice Cream

This recipe is the perfect dessert for a cold day and it’s so easy to make.

All you need are mochiko, milk, sugar, cream of tartar, and vanilla.

 That’s all!

The mochiko will absorb all the rich flavors of the ice cream making an excellent base for any toppings.

And since it’s just using instant oats, this keeps your kitchen clean and saves you time in the end.

2. Japanese Strawberry Cake

Japanese strawberries are sweet and tart and make the perfect dessert.

This cake is moist and fluffy with a delicious creaminess from the whipped cream.

It’s topped with a strawberry-filled meringue buttercream frosting to complete the decadent dessert.

For added flavor, top this cake with a drizzle of chocolate ganache or fresh berries.

3. Hanami Dango Recipe

These diced dumplings are bright and colorful, with a delicious crunchy texture.

The mixture of sweet, salty, and tart is just what you need to get your taste buds going.

But be careful not to overdo it with the ingredients, or you might end up with an overdose of sweetness!


4. Japanese Cheesecake

A popular dessert in Japan, this cheesecake is a must-try!

This particular recipe is made with a cream cheese and sugar filling.

 The combination of sweet, buttery, and cheesy flavors creates something extremely decadent.

Of course, the name “cheesecake” has nothing to do with the pie-like form it takes.

Instead, it’s just a Japanese way of saying “light cake.”

5. Purin

This traditional Korean dessert is a little like a rice pudding.

 It’s made with glutinous rice and sweetened with honey.

Think of it as a cross between a crepe and a popover.

The key to making purin is to keep it warm and sticky, so you don’t have to worry about over-cooking.

When the consistency is perfect, pour some over ice for an elegant treat.

6. Matcha Panna Cotta

Meet matcha panna cotta.

 It’s the perfect treat for any occasion.

With its decadent strawberries, creamy custard and delicate pink color, it’s just what you need to amp up your Valentine’s Day dinner.

The refreshing flavor of matcha is the perfect complement to sweet strawberries.

Plus, it has a subtle green hue that makes it look even more delicious.

 It’ll surely be a hit at your next dinner party!

7. Japanese Fruit Roll Cake

I’m all about dessert on a budget.

 When I need something sweet, I turn to this roll cake.

Made with lots of fresh fruit and marshmallow cream as the filling, this cake is packed with flavor!

Pair it with ice cream for an indulgent afternoon treat.

For a unique twist on the classic fruit roll cake, be sure to add some chopped pineapple pieces into the mix for extra sweetness.

8. Fresh Strawberry Cream Japanese Cake Roll

I have to admit that this is the first cake roll I’ve tried.

 Why? Because it’s so delicious, you won’t even need a recipe.

If you love strawberries and cream – as I do – then you will adore this rustic cake roll.

It has sweet and tangy strawberry filling with a buttery crumb.

 You can literally eat it plain, though I highly recommend pairing it with vanilla ice cream!


9. Castella Pudding Cake

This cake is a sort of dessert that’s meant to be served warm.

As the name suggests, it was made to be enjoyed with Castella wine.

The best way to do this would be to make it using the recipe above.

However, if you’re looking for something different, you can always try any other brand.

Just remember that the thicker the batter, the more of this cake will soak into your sponge.


10. Coffee Jello

I adore this coffee Jello recipe.

 It’s the perfect way to showcase the bold flavor of coffee!

Coffee and gelatin are a match made in heaven.

 This recipe calls for instant coffee, which is what I love most about it.

You can make it without the gelatin if you want, but it will get very thick.

So, I recommend you make some to get that ideal consistency just right.

11. Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite desserts.

 It’s sweet, creamy, and so pretty.

This recipe makes a fantastic cake that’s light and fluffy.

If you want to add some extra flavor, be sure to use thick yogurt and strawberry jam.

The best part?

The cake is ready in just 30 minutes!

12. Japanese Cotton Cheesecake

I’ll be honest: I don’t think this recipe is quite right.

 It tastes so good, I just want to eat it by the spoonful!

But it is perfectly yummy and full of wonderful flavors.

The base is a buttery graham cracker crust that is covered in a thick chewy whipped topping.

That’s followed by an insanely soft cheesecake filling that has a light vanilla flavor.

It’s all topped off with sweet and tangy cherry pie filling.

13. Japanese Strawberry Raindrop Cake

Strawberry raindrop cake is an excellent summer dessert.

It features a moist, fluffy sponge cake with jam-filled strawberries in delightfully sweet and tart syrup.

This treat is best served warm and topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

Although, it tastes amazing cold too!

14. Japanese Cotton Sponge Cake

Spongy and moist, this cake is sweet and tender with a light-as-air texture.

The cake has a wonderfully unique flavor that pairs well with vanilla ice cream.

If you’re looking for something different, this recipe is right up your alley!

And yes, it’s very easy to make.

 In fact, you can whip this sponge in just five minutes.

It’s perfect for any occasion.

 So why not treat yourself to a tasty dessert today?

15. Japanese Fruit Sandwich (Strawberry Sando)

If you like the idea of chocolate and strawberry jam, but can’t be bothered to make it from scratch, this recipe is for you.

It may seem a little odd that two different fruits are used in the same sandwich.

 But trust me – they work!

The strawberry preserves bring such a lovely flavor to the chocolate.

You can also add strawberries to your sandwiches for a more fruity effect.

Don’t forget to serve these with plenty of ice cream or pudding for scooping.

16. Fruit Parfait (Strawberry Parfait & Chocolate Banana Parfait)

This parfait is a fruity dessert that will be everyone’s favorite on your next brunch.

The strawberries and bananas are blended together until smooth and creamy.

Then, you layer them with chunks of dark chocolate, toffee bits, coconut flakes, and pretzels.

For the perfect texture contrast, add chocolate chips or coconut shavings right before serving.

17. Pumpkin Manju Sweets

Pumpkin manju are a Korean dessert similar to cheesecake.

They’re made of pumpkin puree, cream cheese, and condensed milk.

The flavor is excellent – both sweet and savory.

 That said, the texture is somewhat textured and slightly chewy.

You can serve these as they are or use them in a variety of ways.

 I like to add honey on top for added sweetness.

Once you try this recipe, you’ll never want to go back to regular cheesecake again!

18. Famous Japanese Taiyaki Recipe

Taiyaki is a traditional Japanese dessert made with thick, sweet, and buttery dough.

It’s basically fried dough balls that have been coated in powdered sugar.

The process of making them requires a lot of time and skill.

 But once you try making them yourself, you’ll be able to enjoy the sweet treat right at home.

You can make these delicious Taiwanese-style treats in less than an hour – just add the ingredients to your food processor!

19. Matcha Tiramisu

This matcha tiramisu is a simple recipe that can be made in five minutes or less.

All you’ll need is to mix the cake with matcha, condensed milk, and cream cheese whipped cream.

 It looks like a mousse.

Top it off with whipped cream and chocolate chips for a finishing touch.

20. Mizu Shingen Mochi

Mochi is a popular Japanese dessert that looks like butterscotch pudding.

 It’s made with sweetened rice flour and is usually served warm or chilled.

But the best way to enjoy mochi is with a mixture of Umeko simple syrup, red bean paste, sesame seeds, and green tea.

The addition of red bean paste gives this dessert a lovely color and flavor.

 The sesame seeds add crunch and are great for dipping in your mochi.

This recipe will only call for three ingredients: yuzu juice, raw sugar, and condensed milk.

You don’t even need to worry about using the right kind.

 You can use any brand you prefer!

21. Dorayaki (Japanese Red Bean Pancake)

If you’re looking for a way to grab all the Christmas cheer, give this recipe a try.

The red bean filling is a perfect blend of sweet and savory.

 It’s lightly flavored with soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and brown sugar to create that sweet twist.

You can also add some chopped nuts into the mix if you like.

I recommend salted caramel or cashew butter for an extra kick of flavor.

22. Miso Caramel

This sweet, sticky treat is the perfect snack for when you need something sweet and sticky.

It takes a little bit of time to make, but it’s so worth it.

It features hints of salty-sweet sweetness with a kick of umami flavor from miso paste.

You can have this caramel ready in under 10 minutes and you won’t believe how amazing it tastes!

23. Kanten Fruit Jelly

Kanten (which means “ice cream”) jelly is a popular summer treat in Japan.

 The cool, refreshing taste makes it perfect for the hot summers.

Adding a few drops of agar sauce to this traditional kanten recipe is a must-have!

With this simple addition, you’ll be able to enjoy the deliciousness of kanten jelly all year round!


24. Japanese Souffle Pancake

A #mochi will never be the same after trying this Japanese souffle pancake!

This mochi pancake is made of a floury mochi base, topped with vanilla ice cream and folded in a cloud of whipped cream.

It’s not only rich and delicious but also looks amazing.

The golden-brown layers are super appetizing.

 It looks like a beautiful cloud of light dusting powder.

25. Sakura Jelly, mousse & Cheesecake

It’s hard to choose between a cake and pudding, but this mousse is one you won’t want to share.

I mean, it tastes just like the strawberry tarts I used to get for Christmas!

While it’s not overly sweet, there are some nice subtle notes from the lemon juice.

 Be sure to let it sit for at least 30 minutes before serving.

25 Yummy Japanese Desserts

25 Yummy Japanese Desserts

If you love sweets, you’ll go crazy for these easy and delicious Japanese desserts.
From mochi to taiyaki to matcha panna cotta, these sweet treats will have you craving more!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


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