Dorayaki, the Japanese "sponge cake" どら焼き

Dorayaki, a delicious filled double pancake

Dorayaki is perhaps one of the most well-known and popular Japanese pastries. It is traditionally made of two round, flat round cakes stuck one against the other by a red bean paste very popular with the Japanese, the anko. It can also be filled with chestnut, matcha, or cream ...

In the original recipe and like many traditional Japanese pastries, dorayaki is stuffed with sweet azuki paste (Japanese red beans). However, there is often a version with a dab of whipped cream, called nama dorayaki. Nama means "fresh" or fresh cream or whip cream.

Other variations exist since it is very easy to change the filling of dorayaki: chestnut, sweet potato cream, matcha cream... You can also put ice cream and even add all kinds of ingredients on top. In short, there's something for everyone!




Un dorayaki en coupe

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Dorayaki servi avec de la glace au matcha

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1. Usagiya



The original dorayaki as we know it today. Located near Ueno, it offers a whole range of cakes, its classic dorayaki filled with anko remaining a bestseller.


  • Address: 1 Chome-10-10 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo 110-0005



Un dorayaki chez Usagiya

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