Nama Dorayaki : Make the Japanese Cake with Fresh Cream

Have you ever watched “Doraemon (ドラえもん)”, a long serialized Japanese anime? If your answer is yes, you should know the gadget cat’s favorite sweet snack.

He loves a traditional Japanese cake “Dorayaki (どら焼き)“, which is called “yummy buns” in the English-version anime of Doraemon.

The traditional Japanese confection, Dorayaki consists of 2 small, moist pancakes with a sweet red bean paste filling “Anko (餡子)” in the middle.

The moisture comes from honey contained in the pancake, and the other ingredients of the dough basically consist of wheat flour, sugar, and eggs. Unlike Imagawayaki, the Dorayaki cake isn’t usually served hot.

In modern times, Dorayaki is available in several types. Among those, “Nama Dorayaki (生どら焼き)”, simply called “Nama Dora (生どら)”, is especially popular in Japan.

What is Nama-Dora?

Nama Dorayaki

Nama Dorayaki, or Nama-Dora was first made and sold by a cake shop in the town of Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture, “Kato Maronie (カトーマロニエ)”.

The primary difference between Nama Dorayaki and the regular Dorayaki that Doraemon loves is whether the filling contains fresh cream or not.

I think the reason why this Dorayaki pancake has the word “Nama (生)” in the name is that fresh cream is referred to as “Nama Cream (生クリーム)” in Japanese.

Other than the regular combination of fresh cream and Anko, various sweet foods, such as custard cream, chocolate cream or fruit jam, are used in the filling for Nama Dorayaki.

Easy Nama Dorayaki Recipe 

It is quite difficult to obtain Nama Dorayaki if you don’t live in Japan, because the Japanese cake needs to be kept refrigerated.

However, luckily several kinds of regular Dorayaki pancakes like the above are available on With these Dorayaki, you can easily make Nama Dorayaki.

A very simple way: as you can easily guess, just add fresh cream (chocolate cream or jam) to the sweet red bean paste filling.

If you are interested in this modern Dorayaki pancake, why not try this method? Fresh cream matches perfectly with Anko sweet red bean paste and adds another addicting taste to the Doraemon’s yummy bun.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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