From cotton-soft soufflé cheesecake to buttery rich matcha cookies to strawberry shortcake, here are our most popular Japanese desserts of all time. You need to try them all!
The Japanese are known to be very serious about our food, and that including our sweets. We take great care and pride in making the best tasting and best looking desserts just because every little detail matters. Here, we’ve gathered our most popular Japanese desserts that have been tested by our readers worldwide.
The list includes Japanese signature matcha flavor to the nutty sesame to the universally loved chocolate flavor. And no matter the occasion, be it a holiday, potluck, or a cookie exchange, these decadent Japanese desserts will surely impress.
16 Most Popular Japanese Desserts To Make At Home
1. Sesame Cookies 黒ゴマクッキー
Give your icebox cookies a Japanese spin with these Sesame Cookies. Flavored with black sesame, the cookies are sweet yet nutty and savory at the same time. They will stand out amongst the rest of your holiday sweets and baked goods.
2. Japanese Cheesecake スフレチーズケーキ
If you show up at someone’s door with this melt-in-mouth Japanese Cheesecake, you can almost expect the biggest smile and some bonus warm hugs! The combination of creamy cheesecake and cotton-soft soufflé is what makes this cheesecake insanely good.
3. Matcha Swiss Roll 抹茶ロールケーキ
Fluffy sponge cake rolled up with fresh matcha cream in the middle, this Matcha Swiss Roll will be an instant favorite this holiday season! If your guests have a soft spot for anything matcha (green tea), I am pretty sure they are going to be as obsessed with this cake as I am.
4. Castella Cake Recipe カステラ
Made with only 4 ingredients, this Japanese Castella Cake is a very popular confectionery in Japan. It’s super moist with a hint of sweetness from the honey. A perfect holiday or hostess gift for someone who has tried the sponge cake in Japan.
5. Matcha Gateau au Chocolat 抹茶ガトーショコラ
A Japanese rendition of the classic French chocolate cake! Made with white chocolate and green tea, this Matcha Gateau au Chocolat is rich, moist, and intensely flavorful. Warm it up slightly before you enjoy it – the melty texture is to die for!
6. Kabocha Squash Pie かぼちゃパイ
Try something different for the holiday this year with this rich and creamy Kabocha Squash Pie with a hint of rum. A dollop of freshly whipped cream is optional but absolutely encouraged.
7. Chocolate Chiffon Cake チョコレートシフォンケーキ
This show-stopping Chocolate Chiffon Cake is super-moist, fluffy, airy, and bouncy all at once! With a rich chocolate flavor, this chiffon cake recipe will soon be your favorite! Get ready to eat a second serving, because it’s like eating air!
8. Green Tea Cookies 抹茶クッキー
Nothing is more festive than these matcha green tea cookies. The unique, earthy flavor of matcha matches the rich, buttery taste. Make a big batch for your cookie exchange and save some for afternoon tea.
9. Pear and Almond Tart 洋梨のタルト
Fancy as it may look, this traditional French-style Pear Almond Tart or Pear Frangipane Tart is easier to make than you think. It’s a perfect fall dessert, especially during Thanksgiving!
10. Miso Butter Cookies 味噌バタークッキー
Crisp, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth, these Miso Butter Cookies make the most insanely delicious afternoon treat! They hit the right notes with a serious depth of flavor. Only 7 pantry ingredients are needed!
11. Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 抹茶ミルクレープケーキ
Matcha Mille Crepe Cake is made of thin layers of green tea crepes stacked together with fresh whipped cream in-between. This elegant and decadent cake will wow your guests when they see the rich green layers!
12. Matcha Basque Cheesecake 抹茶バスクチーズケーキ
Creamy, custardy with a subtle caramel flavor and the lingering sweetness from green tea. This Matcha Basque Cheesecake has a deep brown burnt top that contrasts beautifully with the vibrant green insides. This IS the cheesecake of your dreams!
13. Nama Chocolate 生チョコレート
Rich and smooth homemade Nama Chocolate made with chocolate and fresh cream, this ROYCE’s copycat chocolate is a truly special treat. It’s one of the most popular gifts from Japan, but you can easily make the chocolate at home to share the holiday spirit.
14. Japanese Pudding (Purin) プリン
Looking for a no-bake dessert? Try this easy Japanese Pudding (Purin) recipe. A custard dessert with a layer of soft caramel on top, the pudding is silky, creamy, and rich.
15. Matcha Tiramisu 抹茶ティラミス
Creamy, rich, and bursting with bold matcha flavors, this irresistible Matcha Tiramisu consists of matcha-soaked ladyfingers layered with a light and airy mascarpone custard filling. It’s a classic tiramisu dessert with a Japanese twist!
Probably the most classic and celebratory cake in Japan. Learn how to make Japanese strawberry shortcake that is perfectly moist, airy, and light. Your guests will swoon and ask for the winning recipe!