Castella Cake Balls

Castella is a popular Japanese sponge cake made of sugar, flour and eggs. Making castella into small ball shapes is called suzu (bell) castella because of its shape.

Castella Cake Balls
Photographed by Takeshi Noguchi


Recipe by
Goma

Difficult

Desserts

Party

25minutes

Matcha castella cake 850 kcal (total), black sesame castella cake 910 kcal (total)

Ingredients (Makes 16)

  • [Matcha castella cake]

    • [A]

      • 75 g glutinous rice flour
      • 1 tsp baking powder
      • 40 g sugar
    • 1 egg
    • [B]

      • 50 ml milk
      • 1 tbsp honey
      • 1 tbsp mirin
      • 2 tsp vegetable oil
    • [C]

      • 1 tsp matcha
      • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
    • [D]

      • 1 tsp matcha
  • [Black sesame castella cake]

    • [A]

      • 75 g glutinous rice flour
      • 1 tsp baking powder
      • 40 g sugar
    • 1 egg
    • [B]

      • 50 ml milk
      • 1 tbsp honey
      • 1 tbsp mirin
      • 2 tsp vegetable oil
    • [C]

      • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
    • [D]

      • 2 tbsp ground sesame seeds (black)
      • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil

Directions

1

Make the matcha castella cake and the black sesame castella cake batters, separately: In one bowl each, combine the ingredients for [A] for each type of castella cake batter, and mix together with a whisk, then add an egg and mix in. Mix in each of the ingredients for [B] for each flavor, one at a time, until the batter is smooth. Finally, add the ingredients for [C] for each flavor, and mix until evenly integrated.

2

Lightly oil an electric takoyaki griddle, and turn on to preheat. Fill the cups 70-80 % full with the batter. When the surfaces begin to rise and bubble, and the bottom surfaces begin to brown, use a bamboo skewer to turn each one over, first scraping each one along the edge to loosen it from the griddle.

3

When the other half has started to brown, remove and let cool until safe to handle. Put the ingredients for [D] in a plastic bag for each flavor, and, while the castella cake balls are still warm, place them into the appropriate bag, 4-5 at a time, and shake to coat.