Elaborate insta-worthy cakes are all the rage these days but sometimes, the simplest cakes are the best. Japanese-style cakes are the embodiment of classic simplicity. Typically made using only a handful of high-quality ingredients, Japanese cakes are famous for being exquisitely delicious. No colourful fondant nor intricate floral piping, just a passion for perfection in craft.
If you are a fan of good ol’ well-made sweet treats, you would love Chef Yamashita’s authentic Japanese cakes.
The Dedicated Craftsman Behind Fine Japanese Pastries
Nestled within the bustling Tanjong Pagar precinct is a nondescript patisserie that opens up into a wonderland of the most yummy Japanese cakes. Aptly named “Chef Yamashita”, this humble cakery is helmed by renowned Chef Yamashita Masataka.
Chef Yamashita putting on the final touches to a customised wedding cake.
This stoic and passionate chef worked at various patisseries around Japan before starting his own in Nara, which quickly became one of the top. To the good fortune of Singaporeans, Chef Yamashita moved to Singapore in 2008 to take charge of Glace & Flor Patisserie. In 2014, he opened his own shop and together with his wife, they continue the great work of satisfying the sweet-toothed foodies here in Singapore.
Authentic Japanese-Style Cakes That Will Get You Hooked
True to the essence of Japanese sweets, Chef Yamashita churns out only well-crafted cakes that are oh-so-yummy. Subtly adorned with fresh fruits and cream, these elegant cakes are the perfect balance of textures and tastes. Let’s take a look at the top sellers!
Creamy and decadent yet light, it is no surprise that the Mille Feuille is a crowd-pleaser. The original French version consists of alternating layers of crispy puff pastry and rich pastry cream. In the Japanese-inspired version, Chef Yamashita adds a layer of fluffy soft vanilla sponge cake that balances out the richness wonderfully.
A mouthful of the Mille Feuille delights the senses with a perfect balance of textures and tastes. Luscious velvety fresh cream, sliced strawberries with hints of pineapple and soft sponge cake, all sandwiched between incredibly delicious flaky puff pastry that is slathered in tangy sweet raspberry jam. In fact, the puff pastry is so good that you could probably devour a whole plate of it on its own. The combination is divine!
Ichigo Strawberry Shortcake
Cakes have a special significance in Japanese culture and people often buy them as gifts for friends and family. And, the Strawberry Shortcake is one of the most well-loved classic cakes in Japan. If you are more familiar with Western cakes, shortcake would bring to mind a dessert made with crumbly sweet biscuit. The Japanese version is lighter and less sweet, which suits the modern individual’s pursuit for a healthier diet.
Instead of sweet biscuits, Chef Yamashita’s Ichigo Strawberry Shortcake uses sponge cake that is cottony soft and bouncy. The highlight is the centre, where juicy strawberries are snuggled in a generous amount of delicately sweet fresh cream. Addictively scrumptious, this is one amazing cake that will leave you craving for more!
Pretty swirls of chestnut cream sit atop this dainty dessert that resembles the snow-capped Mt. Fuji, the iconic symbol of Japan. If you have never tried Japanese chestnut cream, Chef Yamashita’s Mt Fuji cake is a must-try. You can taste the nutty aroma of chestnuts and it is just the right amount of sweetness.
Inside is a marvellous medley of flavours. Light chantilly cream, moist and soft chocolate sponge cake, small chunks of chestnut and a delicious puff pastry nestled within. Although there is quite a lot of cream used in this cake, it is surprisingly delicate and not cloyingly sweet. The Mt Fuji is decadent but light at the same, with each mouthful being an indulgent treat for the palate.
Kome Kome Ring
A culinary innovation from Japan, Rice gelée has a gelatinous texture and a high level of water retention. When used to make pastries, it maintains a soft and mochi-like texture even after several days. Made with only rice and water, Rice gelée products are also 100% Gluten Free and highly nutritious!
This seemingly plain-looking pastry that resembles a donut is extraordinary in taste. Kome means rice in Japanese and this Kome Kome Ring is actually a dense cake that is made from a special ingredient called Rice Gelée.
Chef Yamashita’s signature Kome Kome Rings are absolutely delish. Although it is dense, it is not hard hard or dry at all. With a chewy and bouncy mochi texture, the Kome Kome Ring is so moist and satisfying. The subtly-sweet smoothness of honey added is a lovely touch as well. It comes in 6 tantalising flavours - Original, Salted Caramel, Almond, Espresso, Chocolate and Cinnamon.
Chef Yamashita’s cakes are available as a whole cake or individual slices, but they are so good that one slice is definitely not going to be enough. He also accepts customised cake orders for weddings, birthdays and celebrations.
Only a small amount is lovingly made each day, so do pop by the cakery early or order online to avoid disappointment!
*The product/s featured are available for purchase in Singapore only.