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18 Christmas cakes in Tokyo to book right now

Matcha yule logs, chocolate ganache and other seasonal creations that are perfect for your holiday table

Written by
Youka Nagase
,
Kaila Imada
&
Emma Steen
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It’s not an official holiday here, but Christmas in Japan, with its winter illuminations and bizarrely high demands for KFC buckets, is one of the most joyous and highly anticipated times of year. While you might not be convinced of the festive undertones of a family-sized portion of fried chicken, it’s hard not to be enchanted by the season’s dazzling Christmas cakes that dominate the pastry shops and depachika this time of year.

Strawberry shortcakes are by far the most popular cakes to get in December, but that doesn’t mean you’re at a loss if strawberries and cream isn’t quite your taste. Whether you’re after something fruity, chocolatey or anything in between, this year’s Christmas creations will leave you spoiled for choice.

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Hio: Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
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Hio: Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

It’s never too cold to eat ice cream when it looks this good. Jiyugaoka’s trendy ice cream atelier Hio has crafted a festive frozen dessert for the holiday season with its beautiful Strawberry Ice Cream Cake. Cut inside and you'll find strawberry ice cream made with berries from Moriki Farm in Shizuoka prefecture, offering the perfect balance of tanginess and sweetness. The cake can be ordered online here¥3,024

Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki Paris: Sapin Bamboo
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Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki Paris: Sapin Bamboo

Shaped like a festive Christmas tree, this matcha opera cake from Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki Paris offers the perfect mix of matcha and chocolate. Buttercream is made from matcha from Nanazanen in Aichi prefecture and is layered with ganache and matcha biscuits soaked in Kirsch fruit brandy. The cake can be ordered online here. ¥3,348 

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Pastel: Christmas Pudding Cake
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Pastel: Christmas Pudding Cake

Sweet shop Pastel is offering a range of adorable Christmas cakes for the holidays including this fun pudding-topped shortcake. The base version is a classic strawberry shortcake made from fluffy sponge and fresh whipped cream, decorated with strawberries, an adorable cat and a rich Japanese custard pudding – just like the wobbly desserts you’d find at a kissaten. The cake can be ordered at store locations or by phone. ¥4,266

Starbucks: Holiday Cheesecake
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Starbucks: Holiday Cheesecake

Starbucks may be known for its coffee, but the chain has also got some pretty tasty desserts in the works, too. This Christmas, order yourself the creamy Holiday Cheesecake – it looks like a classic strawberry shortcake at first glance, but features a lovely cheesecake base. The cake is not available at any Starbucks store and can only be ordered online, so make sure to book one before Christmas rolls around. ¥4,320

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Milk: Ultimate Fresh Cream Bûche de Noël
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Milk: Ultimate Fresh Cream Bûche de Noël

Confectionery shop Milk is known for its speciality baked goods and treats made from fresh Hokkaido milk brought in from the Konsen region of Japan’s most northern island. Just in time for the holiday season, the shop is turning out an uber-decadent fresh cream Bûche de Noël that’s made without any fruit or other flavourings, so you get that true milky taste that they’re famed for. Order the cake online here¥4,500

Atelier Matcha: Samidori Bûche de Noël
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Atelier Matcha: Samidori Bûche de Noël

A unique take on the classic yule log, this matcha Bûche de Noël from Atelier Matcha features a matcha sponge made from premium green tea rolled with fragrant matcha whipped cream. Topped off with chocolate decorations and mini snowmen, this is a stunning addition to any Christmas dinner or tea. The cake can be ordered in store or by phone. ¥4,900

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The Uchi Cafe x Godiva Noel chocolate cake features a rich and moist chocolate gâteau base stacked with layers of crispy feuilletine, chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse, all coated in a beautiful chocolate mirror glaze. The cake measures at 13cm in diameter, so it’s enough for three to four people. Reserve the cake online here¥4,950

 

Park Hyatt Tokyo: Le Sapin
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Park Hyatt Tokyo: Le Sapin

The Le Sapin from Park Hyatt isn’t your average whipped-cream-and-strawberries affair. This holiday dessert is inspired by a Christmas tree and features a perfectly round baumkuchen with bittersweet matcha mousse and raspberry jam in between each layer of cake. It’s finished with a delicate green chocolate tree that stands on top of the cake, and red raspberries made to look like ornaments. Order the cake online here¥5,200

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Hilton Tokyo: Something Blue Christmas Cake
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Hilton Tokyo: Something Blue Christmas Cake

This year, Hilton Tokyo’s holiday cakes are inspired by all things romantic including wedding bouquets, tiaras and flower girls. This lovely Something Blue cake is inspired by the tradition of brides having something blue on their wedding day. The interior is composed of fromage blanc mousse and lemon biscuits and is covered in a blue-tinged champagne-flavoured mousse. Elegant white chocolate pearls top off the cake, which is designed to look like a brooch. Order the cake online here¥5,500

Arnaud Larher Paris: Toulouse Lautrec
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Arnaud Larher Paris: Toulouse Lautrec

This impressive chocolate cake from renowned pâtissier and chocolatier Arnaud Larher is available at the Arnaud Larher Paris store in the depachika of Ginza Six. Cut into the cake and you'll find chocolate mousse layered with crème brûlée and sweet biscuits to give a bit of crunch. Covered in a thin layer of ganache, the cake is topped with even more chocolate decorations including festive stars. Order the cake online here¥5,500

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Andaz Tokyo: Strawberry Tiramisu Christmas Gift
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Andaz Tokyo: Strawberry Tiramisu Christmas Gift

This festive cake from the Andaz Tokyo’s inhouse Pastry Shop gives the classic tiramisu a strawberry twist featuring layers of strawberry jelly, vanilla scented brûlée and a strawberry infused sponge cake. Covered in a luscious mascarpone mousse and topped with an edible bright red ribbon, it makes a lovely holiday gift. Order the cake online here¥5,600

Trunk Hotel: Forêt Blanche
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Trunk Hotel: Forêt Blanche

Shibuya’s chic Trunk Hotel is offering a decadent white forest holiday cake concocted by executive pâtissier Jean-Sébastien Clapié. The wreath-shaped cake features a chestnut base accented with sweet pear spread and mousse made from a combination of cream cheese and marron chestnut mousse. The cake layer below has a slight coffee flavour and features hints of caramel and orange cookies. Order the cake online here¥5,900

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Kyo Hayashiya: Matcha Noël
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Kyo Hayashiya: Matcha Noël

This gorgeous green Christmas cake features a rich mousse made from Uji matcha which melts in your mouth. The cake is layered with strawberry mousse, praline feuilletine and a passionfruit yuzu cream to highlight the richness of the matcha. Topped with a glossy matcha white chocolate glaze, this is definitely for the green tea lovers. The cake can be ordered online here¥6,000

Bubo Barcelona: Opera Fiesta
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Bubo Barcelona: Opera Fiesta

This chocolate-lovers cake is inspired by the Opera House in Paris and is composed of a crispy cookie base layered with rich buttercream, hazelnut cake soaked with Arabica coffee syrup and a Bordeaux chocolate ganache. The cake is finished off with star-shaped chocolate and Gianduja chocolate macarons – a specialty of the shop. Order the cake online here¥6,480

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Aman Tokyo: Paris Brest Noël
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Aman Tokyo: Paris Brest Noël

The Aman Tokyo is offering a twist on a classic French Paris Brest reminiscent of a holiday wreath. The outer layers of pastry-like cake are made from chocolate choux pastry and are filled with bitter chocolate custard and smooth buttercream. The entire Paris Brest is then sprinkled in Sicilian pistachios, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, dried apricots, peach and hazelnuts for the ultimate indulgence. Order the cake online here¥7,020 (12cm), ¥8,640 (15cm)

With Cake: Tokyo Party Christmas Cake
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With Cake: Tokyo Party Christmas Cake

This DIY Christmas cake from With Cake Tokyo is a simple white sponge coated in fine cream that comes with a set of ten festive decorations which you can arrange  to your liking. The perfect activity if you've got kids around, they’ll enjoy topping their cake with colourful cookies shaped like gingerbread men, Christmas trees, snowmen and candy canes. Order the cake online here¥7,250

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Jean Paul Hévin: Bûche La Vie en Rose
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Jean Paul Hévin: Bûche La Vie en Rose

This festive bûche de Noël from chocolatier Jean Paul Hévin combines decadent Peruvian cacao mousse with crème brûlée, chestnut and almond biscuits for a cake unlike any other. Topped off with edible Christmas light decorations, this cake is as photogenic as it is delicious. The cake can only be purchased in store. For reservations, visit here¥7,560

The Peninsula Tokyo: Rudolf’s Gift
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The Peninsula Tokyo: Rudolf’s Gift

Santa's sleigh has been reinvented as a gorgeous Christmas cake that you can purchase at The Peninsula Boutique & Café. The white chocolate sled is filled with a traditional opera cake made with pistachio joconde, caramel mousseline, raspberry mascarpone cream and jelly. Appropriately finished off with a reindeer and gifts, the cake is a joyful addition to any Christmas dinner or tea. Order the cake online here. ¥8,100

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