In December every year, Japan’s streets come alive with Christmas-themed illumination, while many with families add seasonal cheer to their tables with special dinners and cakes.
Different nations have different Christmas pastries: In France, “buche de Noel” is based on the shape of a tree stump, while “Christmas pudding” and “stollen” are traditional favorites in the UK and Germany, respectively. Here in Japan, a “Christmas cake” is usually a sponge cake covered with whipped or butter cream and decorated with strawberries, chocolate, and sugar images of Santa Claus, fire trees, or the like.
Things have changed a bit recently, with more people seeking cakes that reflect an indivisual patissier’s special skills, taste, and designs. Many department stores offer cakes crafted by well-known patissiers, while some convenience store chains carry creations made in collaboration with famous media personalities or animation characters.
The Keio Plaza Hotel will offer seven different Christmas cakes this year including the very magical, Snow White Christmas cake collection and a popular cake prepared by a chef patissier. They provide a unique way to enjoy a taste of Japanese-style Christmas.