Exploring the Art of Japanese Baking

Learn more about baking using Japanese ingredients for uniquely delicious depth of flavour

Japanese baking is renowned for its emphasis on simplicity, balance, and artful presentation. Unlike the rich, heavily adorned pastries of Western baking, Japanese sweets and desserts often showcase the natural flavours of high-quality ingredients.

From delicate chiffon cakes to airy melon pan and melt-in-your-mouth wagashi, Japanese baked goods embody the best blend of flavour and texture.

Shop your authentic baking ingredients from The Wasabi Company for the most delicious Japanese treats - and read on to find out more!

Key ingredients in Japanese baking


Matcha is at the heart of lots of Japanese confectionery. Finely ground green tea powder, matcha is prized for its vibrant colour and earthy flavour.

Matcha adds a distinctive depth and complexity to cake, cookies, and pastries, infusing them with a subtle hint of bitterness and a beautiful green hue.

Learn about the fine art of Japanese baking using matcha tea

Adzuki beans

Adzuki beans, sweet red beans commonly used in Japanese cuisine, play a starring role in many traditional desserts.

Whether folded into fluffy dorayaki pancakes, encased in mochi, or swirled into red bean paste, adzuki beans add a sweet, creamy texture to baked treats.

Mochiko (glutinous rice flour)

Mochiko, or glutinous rice flour, is a versatile ingredient that features prominently in Japanese baking. Its sticky, elastic texture lends itself well to creating chewy mochi, delicate daifuku, and tender rice flour cakes known as wagashi.

Mochiko's unique properties also make it a popular choice for gluten-free baking.

Buy Japanese mochiko rice flour online to make divine mochi and wagashi


The fragrant citrus flavour of yuzu, a fruit from Japan reminiscent of a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, adds a refreshing zing to baked goods.

Yuzu peel, jam, zest and juice infuse Japanese desserts with a bright, aromatic essence, elevating them to new heights of flavour.

Yuzu is a great ingredient to use in your baking to give a citrus Japanese twist


Using miso in baking is a wonderful way of adding a rich salty caramelness to desserts which will have people trying to guess what the secret ingredient is. 

White miso has a delicate flavour and mild sweetness, whilst retaining its savoury overtones.  It's amazing for brownies, cookies and cakes, and once you try adding white miso to your desserts, you'll wonder how you ever made them without it!

Adding white miso to your homemade desserts adds salted caramel depth of flavour

Black sesame

Nutty and aromatic, black sesame seeds are a beloved ingredient in Japanese baking, adding a rich, toasty flavour and striking visual contrast to pastries and desserts. Black sesame paste adds depth and richness to baked goods, while toasted sesame seeds lend a delicious crunch.

Use Japanese black sesame paste and seeds in your baking for nutty richness

Okinawa Sugar

Equally at home in savoury dishes, brown sugar from Okinawa has a wonderful, deep and rich molasses flavour that works so well with chocolate and red berry desserts.  It combines a mild sweetness with salty, bitter and acidic.

Make authentic Japanese desserts with ingredients from The Wasabi Company

At The Wasabi Company, we have a huge range of authentic Japanese ingredients for all styles of Japanese cooking. From noodles to aged soy sauce, our collection allows everyone to cook delicious Japanese food, from total beginners to head chefs.

Our baking collection has everything you need to add a unique touch to your desserts. With authentic flour, sugar, fruit juice, cherry blossoms and more, you can start baking the best treats today.

Freshly baked mochi served with tea is a traditional and delicious Japanese ceremony


To start your Japanese baking journey, it's best to learn from the experts! We've got a range of recipes available on our website, designed by top chefs.

Try our Yuzu Drizzle Cake, featuring our award-winning Yuzucello. Our Sesame Paste Ice Cream is another showstopper, as is our Chocolate Mousse with Boozy Cherries and Miso-Roasted Pecans. Our favourite dessert, and the most heavenly, is our Vegan White Soy and Caramel Brownies. The white soy sauce adds a divine umami flavour - perfect for dinner parties!

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