Anpanman Birthday Cake

Anpanman is one of Japan's favorite childhood characters.  I was honored to make an Anpanman cake for a friend's son's 2nd birthday.  The cake was a Japanese Strawberry Shortcake, Japan's spongecake, a light and moist cake, which is triple layered in each tier with fresh juicy strawberries and whipped cream for the filling.  The icing is, of course, lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Sponge cakes use so many eggs, especially when each tier is 10 & 12 inches!

"I LOVE BAKING, especially CAKES!"
Claire says, "It's too loud for Fiona~"
Almost ready...

Manual stirring to settle the bubbles for the last couple of minutes :-)

Looks about right :-)

12 inches of perfection! Now to bake another 12 inch layer and two 10 inch layers...

Anpanman cake topper, made from fondant, placed on top of the 10 inch & 12 inch cake tiers

Masaki ate at least 2 servings himself~

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