Recipe: Taiyaki (Japanese fish-shaped cake)

Taiyaki is my favourite japanese sweet snack. 
I ate it very often in Japan and wanted to try as many different flavours in different cities as possible^^

I even noticed some differencies between Taiyaki from different cities. Nagoya's Taiyaki are rather crispy with a thin batter. In Tokyo I ate very thick and soft Taiyaki two times and in Osaka I found a Crepes-batter-taiyaki. 

In Japan they use various delicious fillings, depending on the season.
I tried vanilla custard cream, chocolate custard, sweet potato, Murasaki-Imo (violet potato), Matcha cream, white bean paste, red bean paste and chestnut(^^)

But there are also banana, mochi, strawberry fillings or even okonomiyaki, yakisoba, takoyaki or croissant-batter-taiyaki and other fillings!

Today I tried the Taiyaki pan that I had bought in Japan(^0^)

I was not sure if I could use it on an electric stove but it worked pretty well, it just takes a bit longer than if you're using a gas stove.

For the dough, I used the recipe by Cooking with dog! <3

I bought this spoon-set in Japan, it's so useful to know how much of one ingredient is necessary for a recipe.^^

So here are the ingredients~
Makes app. 5 pieces

100g Cake Flour
2/3 tsp Baking Soda
2 tbsp Sugar
1/2 Egg
100ml Water 


Red Bean paste (or any other filling like white bean paste, jam, vanilla or chocolate custard, chocolate-nut-cream like nutella (it becomes very liquid because of the heat, it's not so easy to handle those creams with taiyaki. However it's extremely delicious^^)

Beat the egg a bit with a fork.

Add the water and mix both.

 Sift the fluor, sugar and baking soda together (I didn't sift them -.-;)

While you mix with a fork, add the egg-water-mix and stir with the fork.

  Dissolve every lump until the batter is even.

Heat and oil the pan.

First, cover the molds with batter so that the molds are fillied out completely.

Then add some of your filling (I used Tsubu-an, red bean paste)

Spread more batter over the filling to cover it completely.

Close the pan and flip it over immediately. Let it sit like this on highest heat for some time.

Check the cakes~ Still too white.
Cook the cakes some minutes, every now and then flip the pan and check.
If they are browned on both sides, they're ready!


Nice beautiful Taiyaki!! (^^)

 Some of the Taiyaki I ate while I lived in Japan.

Crepe-dough Taiyaki in Osaka

Murasaki-Imo Taiyaki at Aeon in Nagoya

Standard Taiyaki in the little Taiyaki-shop near my dormitory

Matcha-custard-creme <3<3

Thick and soft Chestnut-anko Taiyaki in Asakusa, Tokyo

Chocolate-vanilla-custard in Nagano, Tokyo


  1. So nice!! I loved taiyaki when I was in Japan!! It's so delicious!! My favorite was vanilla custard. I wish I could find such a pan to make taiyaki at home too!!

  2. OMG... schades das es sollche "waffel" eisen nicht in deutschland gibt D: ... ich hatte taiyaki einmal hier in berlin auf einer con gessen und war total verliebt. ich würde mir sofort so ein gerät kaufen. bekommt man die "waffel" eisen in japan oft oder musstest du danach suchen?

    1. ich plan derzeit urlaub für japan und die pfanne schreit nach kauf mich... deshalb hab ich gefragt :3

      jup, ich hab mich getraut... fühlt sich aber nicht so real an (außer das ich haufenweiße stress wegen namensänderung habe D:). danke für deine glückwünsche <3

      uniqlo find ich ganz interessant. mal schauen wie es sich entwickelt, das konzept mit qualität und service ist mal was anderes aber ich vermute das die meisten deutschen ehr auf billig stehen

  3. omg, wie toll *_______* ich würde deine sehr gerne probieren, haha~

  4. That looks sooo good *o* I want to try Taiyaki when I'm in Japan for sure. And it's really cool that you can make it yourself now:)