2020 Vegan Japanese Christmas Cakes
The Christmas cake - as important to Christmas in Japan as the Turkey is for the US Thanksgiving! Luckily for us Vegans there is a lot to choose from this year, so that we too can stuff our faces and celebrate the end of this very strange year.
I don't know about you, but my year has been rough. Travel restrictions, scary infectious diseases, not being able to see my family, let alone spending the holidays with them... Christmas is a real family holiday to me, so I was not looking forward much to this year's celebrations. I must say, discovering the huge number of Vegan Christmas cakes did brighten up my mood quite a bit. I wish I could have tested them all out for you... #goals
But, since this is my first year even buyer a Christmas Cake, I instead welcome you to my search for the ultimate cake!
Probably the final update? How did time fly this fast this year?!
Organic, Hawaii-style Coconut Ice cream Christmas Cake Passion fruit, Raspberry, Blueberry, Pistachio decorations
Magic Maui Ice Cake
Ships within 3 days after ordering
Handmade, gluten free, Vegan confirmed cakes for pick-up in Tokyo!
Strawberry & Chocolate Rolled Cake (GF) ￥5,000 incl. tax
12cm Strawberry Shortcake (GF) ￥4,800 incl. tax 12cm (2-4 people. ￥6000 for 15cm)
12cm Mont Blanc Cake (GF) ￥4,800 incl. tax 12cm (2-4 people. ￥6000 for 15cm)
ONLY FOR PICK-UP between December 22nd-25th in their Tokyo shops
High class Natural Sweets store famous for their madeleines, and working without dairy, eggs and refined sugar.
Bûche de Noël Soy Cream with Strawberry/Raspberry jelly filling Vegan confirmed, GF and Nut free ￥2,900 incl. tax short 11cm (2-3 people. long 21cm￥4,800 for 4-6)
Bûche de Noël Chocolate Soy Cream with Strawberry/Raspberry jelly filling Vegan confirmed, GF and Nut free ￥3,100 incl. tax short 11cm (2-3 people. long 21cm￥5,200 for 4-6)
They ship between 12-18日(Fri)～26日(Sat)
Animal product-free cafe and online shop with mouthwatering foods in both!
1. Strawberry Shortcake ￥3,200 incl. tax 12cm (￥5,500 18cm, ￥9,600 24cm)
2. Rainbow Cake ￥4,200 incl. tax 12cm (￥6,500 18cm, ￥10,600 24cm)
3. Chocolate Mousse Cake ￥3,200 incl. tax 12cm (￥4,800 18cm, ￥8,600 24cm)
4. Tiramisu ￥3,500 incl. tax 12cm (￥5,600 18cm, ￥9,800 24cm)
Cafe passionate to serve delicious food for all people, regardless of food allergies and whether or not you can or wish to eat meat. Their speciality is their unique and healthy "enzyme brown rice".
X'mas Special: Black Sesame and Banana Chocolate Cake with Salty Pretzels ￥4,320 incl. tax 15 x 3 cm
X'mas Special: Amazake and Strawberry Jam Cheesecake ￥3,780 incl. tax 15 x 4,5 cm
Allergens- and Vegan friendly, organic-as-far-as-possible sweets cafe in Nagano.
2020 Raw Christmas Cake (GF) Strawberry and raw white chocolate on organic almonds- and dates base ￥5,800 incl. tax
Scheduled shipping date: 12/20 (Sun) to arrive 21 (Mon) ~ 23 (Wed) Pick up possible.
Esprit de gâteau
Allergy friendly cakes, without dairy, eggs and wheat. Offers several cakes in their Rakuten shop, including two cute, smaller Christmas cakes.
Allergens free Christmas Cake Chocolate, incl. candles ￥2,500 incl. tax 12cm (2-4 people)
11/27＊I was contacted by a follower who called the company, that the strawberry cake uses cochineal and is not Vegan. The Chocolate cake is OK! Allergens free Christmas Cake Strawberry, incl. candles ￥2,500 incl. tax 12cm (2-4 people)
Order Deadline: 12/18 (fri) to receive between 12/20 (sun) and 12/25 (fri)
Halokada Vegansweets Lab - Tokyo
Previously mentioned Halokada has now released their luxurious Christmas cakes, available for pickup in their store. The cakes are Christmas-only specials by a professional Vegan pâtissier with 16 years of experience, and there are only 20 cakes available.
Pistachio and Raspberry bûche de Noël - full of nuts and custard cream ￥6,800 excl. tax 15cm (4-6 people)
Strawberry Noël Fraise Christmas - Original soy whip on a gluten free sponge ￥5,500 excl. tax 15cm (4-6 people)
Coconut Dream Bakery
Previously mentioned as a special mention as they had not announced their Christmas cakes of the year yet; Coconut Dream Bakery is a Gluten, Egg, Dairy, Soy and Refined sugar free bakery in Kawasaki. I tried their shortbread cookie, foccacia and muffin, and they were all very delicious - I have been thinking about that shortbread cookie ever since and have high hopes of their beautiful(!) cakes. Tip: as one of the few businesses, they allow you to order other things from their line up together with the Christmas order to save on shipping.
White Rosetta Christmas Cake - Strawberry and Vanilla Flavor incl. decorations ￥2,800*-3,800 incl. tax 12cm
Devils Food Christmas Cake - Choco Cookie Chunk Flavor incl. decorations ￥2,800*-3,800 incl. tax 12cm
Order Deadline: 12/15 (tue) to receive between 12/1 (tue) and 12/31 (thu)
* Both cakes available as whole or per 1/4 cuts. Prices depend on the desired delivery date, with Christmas as peak. From 12/25 at 20:00 onward, all stock that has not been sold will go on sale for ￥2,800 for a whole cake.
Ts Restaurant, famous for their tantan instant- and Tokyo Station noodles, also does Christmas cakes (and mouthwatering New Year's osechi!). Both their cakes are Gluten free, Nuts free, and of course confirmed Vegan.
Strawberry Christmas Shortcake ￥4,800 incl. tax 15cm (also available in 10-12cm)
Luxury Chocolate Christmas Shortcake ￥5,000 incl. tax 15cm (also available in 10-12cm)
Order Deadline: 12/11 (fri) by email: email@example.com, or Facebook/Instagram Direct Message.
See post here
Coco Chou Chou
Previously mistakenly listed as "Minne", which is just a selling platform, 'Coco Chou Chou' offers three beautiful Christmas cakes that definitely deserve a highlight. If ordered for Christmas, any of the cakes comes with Christmas decorations. They also offer a raw, gluten- and refined sugar free Chocolate tart during this period, but without decorations.
Orange Chocolate Gluten free Christmas Cake ￥4,580 incl. tax 15cm (4-6 people)
Raw, Gluten- and Refined Sugar free Strawberry Christmas Cake
￥4,480 incl. tax 15 cm (5-6 people)
Raw, Gluten- and Refined Sugar free Tiramisu Christmas Cake
￥4,480 incl. tax 15 cm (5-6 people)
Order Deadline: Pay at least 5 days in advance. Christmas orders between 12/15 (tue) and 12/23 (wed)
The Pink Cow in Tokyo offers California-Mexican soul food with Vegan options. They do a Thanks Giving menu "as grandma does it", including a piece of homemade vegan dessert.
The deadline for the Thanksgiving meal is 11/16 (mon), but they have announced they will do the same menu for Christmas, so be sure to keep an eye on their shop or Facebook page here.
Still haven't found your perfect cake? Be sure to keep an eye on Cake JP (mentioned previously) as they line up keeps changing and expanding. Some cakes are available for only a limited amount of time, so be sure to keep an eye on the deadlines. But as the cakes often keep for a while if frozen, you may find your perfect option here sooner or later!
Widely available and quite affordable, this might just be the most typical Christmas cake and a safe choice for first-time-Christmas-cakers like myself.
Soymilk Strawberry Cream Cake with Fruit ￥3,348 incl. tax 15×4.5cm (4-6 people)
Rice Flour and Soy Milk Chocolate Cream Bûche de Noël ￥3,672 incl. tax 8×16×5.4cm (3-4 people)
Order Deadline: 12/16 (wed) to receive between 12/19 (sat) and 12/23 (wed)
12/19 (sat) to receive between 12/24 (thur) and 12/25 (fri) Order here
Lawson, Family Mart & AEON
I am not sure if the cake these three companies offer is the exact same one, but the pictures and ingredients look almost identical. One of the cheapest, simplest options, with peach instead of the strawberry-heavy Seven version.
Allergen free Soy Cream and Fruits Christmas Cake
15 x 4.5cm (4-6 people)
Lawson: ￥3,190 incl. tax Family Mart: ￥3,186 incl. tax
AEON: ￥3,186 incl. tax
Order Deadline: Lawson: 12/10 (thu) to receive between 12/19 (sat) and 12/25 (fri)
or Early bird 11/23 (mon) to receive between 12/2 (wed) and 12/18 (fri) Order here
12/16 (wed) to pick up between 12/19 (sat) and 12/23 (wed) 12/20 (sun) to pick up 12/24 (thu) and 12/25 (fri)
Available for pick up between 12/22 (tue) and 12/25 (fri)
Chaya is well known for their Vegan/Macrobiotic instant Curry, Risotto and Stews, Butter Sand and Granola's. I would not hesitate to order one of their stunning cakes. Their gluten free cakes look absolutely gorgeous and are perfect if you are planning a fancy evening.
Almond Praline and Nuts Cake with Caramel and Almond Creme
￥5,794 12 x 13cm (4-6 people) Delivery only
Chocolate Strawberry Short Cake
￥5,980 15cm (4-6 people) In-store pick up only
Strawberry Short Cake
￥5,980 15cm (6-8 people) In-store pick up only
Order Deadline: 12/17 (thu) online and 12/19(sat) in-store to receive 12/23 (wed) 12/24 (thu), 12/25 (fri)
What is better than cake AND icecream?! These ridiculously extravagant gelato ice cakes are free from all 28 main allergens and next to vegan, also soy-, wheat- and almond free! The cakes are made with e.g. rice milk, coconut cream and cookies made from chickpea flower.
Original Berry Christmas Gelato Cake
￥3,996 12 x 5cm
Layered Berry & Chocolate Christmas Gelato Cake
￥4,860 12 x 9cm
Other Festive Gelato Cakes
Ricciodoro's normal, year-long cakes are also shockingly beautiful and could be considered for any event, Christmas or otherwise. I have not had the pleasure of trying them yet, but the flavors and decorations are mouth watering!
Order Deadline: Ships within 4-7 working days once the payment has been confirmed
Miki Koubou Sweets
One of my favorite finds in this list! All cakes are refined sugar- and plantbased margarine- (trans fat) free and can be made gluten free on request. The frozen cakes can be send, but as Yamato only allows frozen shipments, non-frozen cakes are for pick-up (in Aichi) only! For those particular about the ingredients, Miki lists the full ingredients and what can be altered in the web shop.
Christmas Style Marron Cake with decorations
￥4,600 15cm (￥5,400 for 18cm)
Autumn/Winter Christmas Party Assortment (limited number)
￥4,800 118cm 2 x 4 different flavors 1. Marron cake with Chestnuts 2. Salty Caramel cake with Pecan and Almond nuts
3. Classic Gâteau au chocolat
4. Sweet Potato Potato Apple Pie
Christmas Strawberry Cake with decorations Note: the cake comes with fresh strawberries only when collected in-store. When shipped frozen, the thawing fruit will impact the quality of the cake, so they will be left out and the price will be cheaper for mail orders.
￥4,400 15cm (￥4,900 for 18cm) - mail order price
Christmas Chocolate Cake with decorations Note: the cake comes with fresh strawberries only when collected in-store. When shipped frozen, the thawing fruit will impact the quality of the cake, so they will be left out and the price will be cheaper for mail orders.
￥4,400 15cm (￥4,850 for 18cm) - mail order price
Rice Flour Gâteau au chocolat (wheat free)
Note: cake will be decorated if collected in-store. For mail order, the whipped cream and decorations will be delivered for DIY decoration.
￥4,350 15cm (￥5,180 for 18cm) - mail order price
Christmas Strawberry Tart with decorations (pick up only)
￥4,380 15cm (￥5,180 for 18cm)
Order Deadlines: All cakes can be collected in-store or shipped frozen, except for the tart. The general deadline seems: ordered and paid by 12/10 (thu) to receive 12/24 - 12/26 For the assortment: ordered and paid 12/1 (tue) receive or pick-up between 12/18 - 12/26
For the tart: ordered and paid 12/10 (thu) (early bird deal until 12/5) - pick-up date TBC
Maybe not the most traditional-looking Christmas cake, but "4 nuts" and the solid tart definitely catch my eye! Is there a rule that you can only order one cake per year?
Rich Almond Cream Vegan Christmas Tart
￥3,650 incl. tax 15cm (4-6 people)
Order Deadline: 12/17 (thu) online and 12/19 (sat) in-store to receive 12/23 (wed) 12/24 (thu), 12/25 (fri)
Specialized online cake shop. Delivery depends on area.
Both of these cakes sound absolutely amazing to me! They are also adorably designed and provided by an online cake store - sounds like a safe bet!
Sweet Potato Mont Blanc Christmas Cake
￥3,000 incl. tax 12 cm
Rich Christmas Cheese Cake with Raspberry Puree
￥2,700 incl. tax 12 cm
Biokura is an online shop with high quality plantbased foods. Their cake line up is incredible and their Christmas special looks divine.
Rice Flour Strawberry Christmas Cake Gluten- and animal product- free "kawaii" Christmas cake with Yamanashi rice flour, soy cream and homemade raspberry jam.
￥4,800 incl. tax 13 x 6 cm
Order Deadline: 12/24 (tue) to receive between 12/19 (sat) and 12/25 (fri)
Takaki Health Care Foods
Allergen-free cakes made with rice flour and soy cream. All cake ornaments are included.
Colorful Christmas Fruit Cake ￥3700 15cm (4-6 people)
Christmas Chocolate Cake with Strawberry and Raspberry ￥3800 15cm (4-6 people)
Christmas Cakes Assortment - 3x soy cream peach 4x strawberry soy cream with strawberries 2x chocolate cream with milk-free chocolate hearts
￥3600 5cm x 9 cakes
*Takaki also offers KIDS Character/Anime Cakes in three different styles (￥4400) Order Deadline: 12/9 (mon) to receive between 12/21 (mon) and 12/23 (wed)
Macrobiotic Gâteau au Chocolat
￥3,650 incl. tax 15cm (4-6 people)
Order Deadline: 12/15 (wed) to receive between 12/22 (tue) and 12/24 (thu)
Macrobiotic Tofu Cheesecake with apple
￥4,100 incl. tax 15cm (6-8 people)
Order Deadline: 12/13 (mon) to receive between 12/18 (fri) and 12/25 (fri)
Bio C Bon
Vegan Gâteaux de Voyage Cream Cake (coconut cream)
￥4,320 incl. tax 12cm
Vegan Gâteaux de Voyage Chocolate Cream Cake (coconut cream)
￥4,536 incl. tax 12cm
*5% discount pre-order!
Catalog here (order in-store only)
Order Deadline: 12/20 (sun) to receive between 12/19 (sat) and 12/25 (fri)
Pick-up only in Kagawa Prefecture.
Strawberry Vanilla Cream Christmas Cake
Mont Blanc Christmas Cake with large Chestnuts
Matcha Gâteau opéra Christmas Cake
Soy Cream Christmas Cake with Strawberries
* prices are early-bird prices for orders until 12/03 (thu)
Order Deadline: 12/15 (tue) per phone only! to pick up between 12/22 (tue) and 12/25 (fri)
Vegan Simme - Mie Prefecture ￥3,800 incl. tax 12/24 and 12/25 in-store pick up only
Kick Back Cafe - Tokyo starting at￥3,300 incl. tax No designated Christmas cakes this year, but beautiful cakes and full English service!