castella cake

Japanese Sweets: カステラ castella cake

castella cake

【 カステラ・kasutera 】castella cake

カステラ is a sponge cake made from flour, eggs, sugar, and 水飴 (みずあめ mizuame) which is a thick, clear liquid sweetener made from starch (common in wagashi). The name and recipe come from pão de Castela (Portuguese bread) and pão de ló (Portuguese cake). The Portuguese brought this cake to Japan (Nagasaki) in the 16th century.

Japanese Sweets: 柏餅 (kashiwamochi)

【 かしわ餅 (kashiwamochi) 】rice cake wrapped in oak leaves

かしわ餅 (kashiwamochi) is a traditional sweet wrapped in oak leaves, eaten on May 5th, こどもの日 (Kodomo no Hi) Children's Day to celebrate children, their health and growth. It symbolizes a harmonious flow of one generation to the next as oak trees don't shed old leaves until new leaves grow.