Jap cakes

One of my work colleagues asked me if I’d ever made a jap cake. Not knowing what on earth he was talking about I immediately headed to google, which told me that jap (japoise) cakes are an almond meringue based cake delicacy that are sold in lots of UK bakeries. I’d literally never heard of these in my life, so assume that they are regional to the north east, where my colleague was from.

In any event, I decided to make them. They are essentially two meringue like cakes sandwiched together with buttercream and rolled in cake crumbs.  There seems to be a difference of opinion about whether to decorate them with nuts or crumbed cake. I decided to go with crumbed cake.

I found the recipe on yahoo answers of all places.

Apparently they look and taste quite authentic, although they are FAR too sweet for me.

  • 3 egg whites
  • 170 gms caster sugar
  • 85 gms ground almonds
  • 2 tbs cornflour
  1. Whisk egg whites until stiff, then add half the sugar. Fold the remaining sugar with ground almonds and cornflour into mixture. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and spoon or pipe mixture into 5 cm circles. (This mixture will make about 12 circles)
  2. Bake at 150 C for 40 minutes.
  3. This recipe has a coffee butter cream filling using 85 gm butter/ 115 gm icing sugar plus coffee essence and a little hot water. You could make a chocolate butter cream instead.
  4. Keep two of the cakes and sandwich the rest with the icing and spread a little icing round the side. Crush the other two cakes and roll the assembled cakes in the crumbs.
  5. Dribble a little melted chocolate over the cake to complete the decoration.