Mushi-pan (Japanese Steamed Cake)

Japanese sweets are hardly rich and this steamed cake is another one that is thoroughly pleasing and satisfying. Fluffy and incredibly easy to make, mushi-pan proves that the best cakes don’t need to be fancy.

Special thanks to Kazuko Ishigaki for sharing her time-tested recipe! We had the honour of learning how to make kiritanpo in Akita Prefecture from this kindly lady. When she served us this mushi-pan, it was love at first bite. While there are many recipes out there for mushi-pan, hers truly works!

Ingredients (Makes 1 cake)

  • 2 eggs
  • 300g flour
  • 200ml milk
  • 250g sugar
  • 85g honey
  • 24g baking soda
  • 100ml vinegar
  • Sesame seeds, as garnish


  1. Mix eggs, milk and honey in a bowl.
  2. Sift flour, sugar and baking soda into the same bowl.
  3. Stir the wet and dry ingredients until well combined, then add vinegar. Leave in fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Pour the chilled batter into a cake mold, and steam it for 30 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds and enjoy!