Japanese Strawberry Raindrop Cake. Light, refreshing, captivating and delicious when paired with a brown maple syrup. This dessert is vegan.
This 4-ingredient raindrop cake recipe will impress your guests and is pretty simple to make as long as you follow all the instructions.
This is a very simple dessert to make and it originates all the way from Japan. And now you can have raindrop cake at home! If you're not a fan of strawberries, you can easily swap out the fruit for what you desire!
I also share many other jelly like recipes below so please check them out!
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This recipe was also adapted from Kirbie's Craving's Raindrop Cake! She has so many amazing recipes and I hope you check out her blog! I made my version much simpler by using maple syrup so you can keep the ingredients to a minimal!
What does a raindrop cake taste like?
This dessert is very light and the jelly part is very soft and neutral tasting but when paired with maple syrup, it is such a delight!
Watch how I made this!
For this recipe
You will need the following Raindrop cake ingredients for 1 serving :
⅛ teaspoon + 1/16 teaspoon agar agar powder
Maple syrup, as much as desired
Required: a round bottom cup or a dome shaped mold (I share where to purchase the one I used below):
What kind of Agar Agar Powder do you use?
I use this one linked below that you can purchase off Amazon.
- Always whisk your agar agar powder with your water before you bring it to boil. This allows for an even distribution of the powder to the water.
- Bring the liquid to a high boil, then reduce your heat to medium and boil for 1 minute and no more than that. The timing must be exact.
- Make sure your mold or cup is dry
- If you're using a silicone mold, make sure to rest it on a flat base so you can transfer to the fridge easily without spilling the jelly liquid
- Place your fruit in the center of the mold and make sure it's also dry so the liquid can stick to the fruit well.
- Allow your jelly liquid to cool a bit because you don't want to boil your fruit. I usually cool my pot down in a sink filled with cold water for 5 minutes but no more than that or it'll solidify.
- Once you pour your liquid, allow it to rest for 5 minutes then transfer to the fridge.
- Refrigerate overnight and when removing it from your mold or cup, be very gently. It should literally slip out because it's so smooth and soft.
- Also this dessert is VERY slippery! So make sure you're plate it on a plate or bowl with edges to keep it from falling on the floor like I did.
Give it a try!
Well I hope you give my Japanese Strawberry Raindrop Cake recipe a try! It always excites me when you guys make my recipes and I hope this is one you try.
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Japanese Strawberry Raindrop Cake (Vegan)
- ¾ water
- ⅛+ 1/16 teaspoon agar agar powder
- 1 strawberry
- 1 tablespoon Maple syrup or as needed
- In a small pot, whisk together your water and agar agar powder well. Then bring it to a boil. Quickly reduce it to medium heat, and allow this to simmer for 1 minute and no more than that. The timing needs to be exact or the jelly will be too hard. Do not cover your pot.
- Allow your pot of liquid jelly to cool in sink filled with cold water or 5 minutes. But no more than that, or it'll solidify and you will need to reboil it again.
- Place your strawberry in the center of the mold or cup.
- Pour your liquid jelly over top. Allow this to rest for 5 minutes.
- Transfer to the fridge and allow this to chill overnight or at least 3-4 hours.
- Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!
Michelle | Sift & Simmer
Omygosh Christie, this raindrop cake is so pretty! I haven't tried it, but it was popular a few years ago at the Richmond Night Market -- but now I can make it at home! Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you so much Michelle!! Yes! I remember it being popular a few years ago and I was like why don't I just bring it back! It's so fun and cool to look at!
All I can say is WOW! This is a stunner of a dessert! I absolutely love the simplicity and beauty of it. A perfect way to end almost any meal!
Awww thanks so much Sherri! I had so much fun making this and it was fairly simple!
I always admired Japanese foods and dessert. Everything is soo delicate and beautiful! This is a good recipe to make for someone to feel extra special
Thank you Rosemary! I know what you mean! The Japanese really know how to make their desserts totally aesthetic!
This would definitely impress guests! Love how light and refreshing it is! Another beautiful recipe Christie!
Thanks so much Leanne! Very easy to make too!
Never Ending Journeys
What a fun dessert idea! I really love how there's a piece of fruit in the middle of that cake, too... what a great idea!
Heidi | The Frugal Girls
Christie, your strawberry raindrop cake looks like art. It's so beautiful!!
I love raindrop agAr. Have tried but fail. What type of agar powder you using. Thanks
Sorry to hear that it didn't work out for you! I use the following Agar Agar Powder that I bought online (here's the link: https://amzn.to/34QiY52). I included some tips on ensuring how to get the raindrop cake right if you want to review them again. Hope they help!