Most adults think of sushi when someone mentions Japanese cuisine, but for children and sweets lovers, Doraemon Cake is the most popular treat from the nation of cherry blossoms.
The history of Doraemon Cake
Its real name is ‘dorayaki’, in which ‘Dora’ is the word for a gong in Japanese and ‘yaki’ means ‘fried’ or ‘grilled’. The first time someone got a taste of it was the early years of last century. (1)
By now, people define dorayaki as two fluffy pancakes glued together by the saccharine ‘Anko’ or ‘azuki’ bean paste. For the batter, there are many variations, therefore, the price of them also vary. As far as I know, they add ‘mirin’ – a type of rice wine – and even soy sauce.
Ever since the Showa Era, dorayaki has become popular again. For Japanese comics enthusiasts, they might have known it as Doraemon Cake (or pancake). But do you know how to make it? If not, watching my video and follow the steps below. You will be very contented with the scrumptious dorayaki!
Doraemon Cake | We Failed but It’s Delicious!
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Category: How to cook
- Method: Frying
- 50g flour
- 30g cornstarch
- 2 eggs
- 125g sugar
- 100g red bean
- 15g honey
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
Step 1: Make red bean jam
- First of all, soak the red beans in water for 6 hours.
- Add the beans and water to the pot and heat until it boils. By now, the beans will be less hard.
- Remove the excess water and refill. Cook the beans for 30 minutes, and you will see it’s extremely soft.
- Grind the beans until they become a smooth paste, pour the paste into your frypan, and add 75g sugar before turning the stove on and keeping it on low-heat mode.
Step 2: Prepare the batter
- Break the eggs. Add sugar & honey and whisk the mixture for them to blend.
- Sift flour and cornstarch into the same bowl and add baking powder. Now, whisk the ingredients again until you obtain a golden, creamy batter.
- Cover the bowl with food wrap and wait for 20 minutes.
- Add 10ml water to dilute this batter cream a little so you can fry this Doraemon cake more easily.
Step 3: How to Make Doraemon pancake
- Wipe the pan with cooking oil and pour the batter in. How much batter you should use depends on the size you want.
- After a minute, you will see the batter solidify. Flip the pancake and let it cook. Usually, the second side will take shorter to cook, since the heat is higher now.
- Every time you make a new slice, don’t forget to coat the bottom of the pan with oil and wipe the excess oil before making the cake. It’s the tip for perfectly brown pancakes.
Step 4: Finish it up
- With each pair of slices, pack a sufficient amount of bean jam in between and press the edges together.
- Daub the surface with your favorite topper! The most commonly used sauces are chocolate and banana flavors, according to me.
As you can see, my attempt at Doraemon Cake failed, but the taste is still irresistible! Therefore, I concluded that the problem isn’t in the recipe.
- The frypan should be the smooth type instead of patterned. You can see in the images how my pancake is imprinted with darker dots.
- When you pour the batter, do it slowly and keep the height at 10cm. The batter will spread in a circular shape and accumulate in the center for a thicker slice.
- I used a combination of flour and cornstarch, but you can use wheat flour no.8 if it’s available!
- Replace water with milk when you mix the batter to have thick and creamy pancakes.
- Keep the batter in the fridge before you fry the cakes, as low temperatures enhance the smell by a lot.
- The first slices aren’t going to be pretty, but it gets better when you go on!
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You can enjoy a Doraemon cake as a snack, coupled with a cup of matcha, the Japanese green tea. However, when you are in a rush and only having dorayaki ready, it’s decent enough for breakfast and lunch. Have more time in hand? Try our Crispy Banana Cheese Toast and Soft and Moist Egg Sandwich!