10 Japanese Desserts

10 Japanese Desserts: A Sweet Journey to Japan’s Culinary Delights!

Calling all dessert lovers and adventurers!

Brace yourselves for a sweet journey to Japan’s vibrant world of desserts.

From the earthy allure of matcha to the comforting warmth of hojicha, these Japanese treats are about to take your taste buds on an unforgettable adventure.

So, put on your apron, get your baking tools ready, and let’s explore a tantalizing array of Japanese desserts that’ll have you craving more!

1. Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes (with Almond Buttercream Frosting)

Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes | all day i eat like a shark

Sink your teeth into these moist and fluffy matcha-infused cupcakes, topped with a luscious almond buttercream frosting.

The delicate balance of bitterness and sweetness makes these treats a delightful tea-time companion or a captivating party centerpiece.

The vibrant green hue of the cupcakes is a feast for the eyes, hinting at the earthy and slightly grassy notes of matcha that await inside.

The almond buttercream frosting adds a creamy and nutty contrast, perfectly complementing the unique flavor of matcha.

Whether you’re a matcha enthusiast or a dessert lover seeking something new, these Japanese-style matcha cupcakes are sure to impress and leave you reaching for seconds!

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2. Matcha Okara Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

matcha okara cookies with white chocolate all day i eat like a shark

Experience the magic of repurposing soybean pulp (okara) into irresistibly chewy matcha cookies, studded with dreamy white chocolate chips.

It’s a matcha lover’s dream and a wonderful way to add a touch of Japanese flair to your cookie jar!

The nutty undertones of okara bring a delightful twist to the classic cookie, adding both texture and nutrition.

With each bite, you’ll enjoy the rich matcha flavor mingling with the creamy sweetness of the white chocolate, creating a harmonious blend of tastes.

These matcha okara cookies are perfect for afternoon tea or as a sweet treat to accompany your morning coffee.


3. Matcha Purin (Japanese Style Custard Pudding with Matcha Tea)

Matcha Purin ((Japanese style custard pudding with matcha tea)

Indulge in the velvety smoothness of matcha purin—a traditional Japanese custard pudding infused with the earthy essence of matcha tea.

Its rich, silky texture and enchanting flavor will leave you swooning with every spoonful.

The delicate bitterness of matcha beautifully balances the sweetness of the custard, creating a dessert experience that’s both comforting and sophisticated.

Served chilled and adorned with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of matcha powder, matcha purin is a delightful way to end any meal.

Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with fresh fruit, this elegant dessert will captivate your taste buds and transport you to the heart of Japan.

coffee jelly

4. Japanese Style Coffee Jelly with Cream

Coffee lovers, this one’s for you!

Dive into the refreshing delight of Japanese-style coffee jelly, topped with a dollop of sweet cream.

It’s a cool and comforting dessert that’s perfect for those warm summer days.

The jiggly coffee-infused jelly, often cut into cubes, brings the familiar taste of coffee into a new and delightful form.

The creamy layer of whipped cream adds a velvety richness that complements the bittersweet notes of the coffee jelly.

Savor the combination of textures and flavors as you spoon through the layers, making each bite a satisfying and invigorating experience.


5. Tapioca Pudding with Pan-Fried Kabocha

Satisfy your tapioca cravings with this unique fusion of tapioca pudding and pan-fried kabocha (Japanese pumpkin).

The velvety tapioca pearls and the sweet, caramelized kabocha create a match made in dessert heaven.

The creamy pudding infused with vanilla provides a smooth and comforting base for the chewy tapioca pearls, while the pan-fried kabocha adds a delightful caramelized sweetness and a hint of nuttiness.

Each spoonful offers a harmonious combination of flavors and textures that will leave you wanting to recreate this dessert over and over again.

Hojicha Cupcakes with Black sesame and Sweet Cream (4)

6. Hojicha Cupcakes with Black Sesame and Sweet Cream

Let the toasty aroma of hojicha fill your kitchen with these delectable hojicha cupcakes.

Topped with a sprinkle of black sesame and a swirl of sweet cream, these cupcakes are a delightful twist on traditional flavors.

The earthy and smoky notes of hojicha tea bring a unique and captivating taste to the cupcakes, while the black sesame adds a nutty crunch and visual appeal.

The sweet cream frosting adds a creamy and indulgent touch, harmonizing the flavors into a delectable treat.

These hojicha cupcakes are a delightful surprise for any occasion and a wonderful way to introduce the enchanting world of hojicha to your dessert repertoire.

Five ways to enjoy hojicha

7. Hojicha Tea Jelly (Japanese Dessert)

Delight in the refreshing elegance of hojicha tea jelly—a dessert that combines the essence of roasted green tea with a delicate jelly texture.

It’s a light and flavorful treat that’ll leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied.

The subtle smokiness of hojicha creates a calming and aromatic sensation, making this jelly a perfect palate cleanser after a hearty meal.

Served chilled with a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of honey, hojicha tea jelly is a delightful dessert to enjoy on warm summer days or as a soothing treat throughout the year.

Japanese dessert Anmitsu with hojicha and kamairicha kanten (1)

8. Anmitsu with Hojicha and Kamairicha Kanten

Experience the delightful medley of anmitsu, a traditional Japanese dessert, combined with hojicha and kamairicha kanten (agar jelly).

The combination of kamairicha, sweet red bean paste, and the soothing hojicha flavor is simply divine.

You can also top it with colorful fruits to add a refreshing burst of sweetness, while the velvety red bean paste brings a traditional touch to the dessert.

The kanten, infused with kamairicha (a pan-fired green tea), offers a unique texture that enhances the overall experience.

Together, these elements create a balanced and delightful dessert that’s both visually stunning and satisfying to the senses.

Sliced of Matcha Castella

9. Castella Cake Recipe | Easy Matcha Dessert

Embrace the simplicity of castella cake infused with vibrant matcha flavor.

This easy-to-follow recipe will guide you to create a moist and fluffy matcha dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

The airy texture and the rich matcha aroma of the cake will entice you from the moment it comes out of the oven.

This classic Japanese sponge cake is a favorite treat during teatime or as a delightful accompaniment to green tea.

The matcha flavor shines through in every slice, and with a dusting of powdered sugar, the cake becomes an elegant and irresistible dessert that will be devoured in no time.

a slice of chiffon cake

10. Japanese Chiffon Cake with Sencha (Japanese Green Tea)

End your dessert journey on a high note with a Japanese chiffon cake featuring the gentle notes of sencha (Japanese green tea).

The airy and moist texture of the cake paired with the delicate tea flavor is a dessert dream come true.

Each bite offers a burst of freshness from the sencha, making this chiffon cake an ideal treat to enjoy with a cup of hot tea. T

he lightness of the cake makes it a delightful dessert to savor after a hearty meal.

Whether served with a dollop of whipped cream or enjoyed on its own, this Japanese chiffon cake with sencha is the perfect finale to your sweet adventure in Japan.


There you have it—our delightful list of Japanese desserts that beautifully blend traditional flavors with modern creativity.

From matcha-infused cupcakes to hojicha tea jelly, each recipe showcases the rich culinary heritage of Japan.

So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and let these sweet treats take you on a journey to the captivating world of Japanese desserts.

Happy baking and indulging!

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