August 14, 2011

Butter Cream Cake/バタークリームケーキ

In Japan, we are now in Obon. My generous nephew, who had returned from Toyama for an annual relative reunion, gave me this butter cream cake to celebrate my 50th birthday. (My 50th birthday was actually in last year.)
This is the very first time that I have had a butter cream cake!


Sissi said...

Hiroyuki, this cake reminds me my childhood and guiltless pieces of butter cream, calorie- and fat-loaded layered birthday cakes... Some of my friends sometimes forget my birthday and send me messages later. I always think it's great to have one's birthday celebrated for longer ;-)
I have just read on wikipedia that obon dates are different in different parts of Japan..
I was thinking there is something missing here... obviously the birthday candles!

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: The numbers 5 and 0 are birthday candles.

I had never heard of butter cream cake until I moved to this mountainous, rural area in Niigata. I once asked my wife about butter cream cake, and she told me that it was popular when she was a child.

Sissi said...

Sorry, Hiroyuki... I feel a bit stupid! There are so many wonderful decorations on the cake, I have completely missed the candles!
When I was a child my favourite birthday cake was made with poppy seeds soaked in water (they were very soft), with layers of cocoa and butter cream an lots of walnuts. I "ordered' it from my mum for every birthday for years...

Fräulein Trude said...

Happy birthday Hiroyuki (even if it is late).
I've never seen a "Hello Kitty" cake decoration before - very cute, very japanese. Hope the cake tasted as sweet and nice. Was it chocolate layered - looks like a slice of chocolate cake next to the cake? My husbands birthday cakes are always made with lots of dark chocolate cream and marron cream and cocoa dough layers, soaked with brandy. This cake is called Herrentorte as in cake for guys only (laugh).


Nancy said...

Happy Birthday Hiroyuki! The cake looks great - did you like the butter cream frosting? It's very simple to make!

Anonymous said...

Hiroyuki-san, otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu!

Yangsze said...

Happy belated birthday, Hiroyuki! What a nice nephew you have to remember your special birthday, and what a beautiful cake. Did your kids enjoy it too?

Bento Cat said...

Hi Hiroyukisan, this cake looks very delicious! Happy Birthday to you! I also want to tell you that I like your blog very much! I'm now following you! ^^,

okasan said...


Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: You don't have to feel stupid!

Kiki: The cake was not chocolate layered but butter cream layered.

I didn't notice the tiny piece of chocolate cake when I took the photo. Later my daughter told me that she placed it near the butter cream cake so I could have it together with the cake.

In Japan, there are things called jizake cake 地酒ケーキ, spong cake soaked in local sake.

Nancy: Thank you. Quite frankly, the butter cream was just so so; I'm not accustomed to its flavor.

Anonymous: Thank you!

YSC: I didn't like to talk about it, but my daughter could not finish her portion. She said she didn't like butter cream.

Bento Cat: Thank you for your kind words about my blog!

okasan: ありがとうございます!