Dora Cake or Dorayaki or Fulffy Golden Pancake Sandwich from Japan


Celebrating success with a childhood memory….
My elder turned 18 this January. He secured admission to the college of his dreams in the City of Dreams this week, and on the first merit list too!!
As the birdie gets ready to fly the nest, we relive some sweet childhood memories with this ‘Dora Cake’ or Dorayaki.
Dorayaki ((どら焼き) are silky, golden, fluffy pancake sandwiches from Japan. My boys, when they were little, loved watching a Japanese cartoon series called Doraemon. The protagonist, a super cat-robot (who is petrified of mice :P), is completely in love with this sweet treat and would do absolutely anything for them!
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doraemon_dorayakisThe fluffy pancakes are sandwiched with red bean paste, which is difficult to come by where I live. So I replaced it with thick homemade strawberry preserve in some and good old Nutella in the others. My younger exclaimed ‘ Aha Mom! Now I know why Doraemon is crazy about these! ‘
The recipe is from Namiko Chen’s blog Just One Cook Book. Her site has some lovely Japanese recipes.
This yields 12 pancakes and 6 pancake sandwiches.

You need
4 eggs
140 g (2/3 cup) powdered sugar
2 tbsp honey
160 g (1⅓ cup) all-purpose flour/Maida (How to measure- Fluff  the flour and scoop into a cup to measure. Then level it with a knife)
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp water
A few drops of oil or butter
A cup of red bean paste/strawberry preserve/Nutella chocolate spread

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, powdered sugar and honey till well mixed and fluffy.
IMG_9158Sift flour over the egg mix, add baking powder and mix well till the mixture is smooth.
IMG_9159IMG_9161Add two tbsp water and mix well.
Heat a non stick pan on medium heat.
Drop 2-3 drops of oil and spread all over with a tissue.
With another tissue, wipe completely. The dry oil free surface of the pan ensures the characteristic evenly browned surface of the Dorayaki pancakes.
IMG_9163Pour ¼ cup of batter in the pan and cook on medium till bubbles form. It takes about a minute and a half. Flip and cook for thirty seconds.


IMG_9167Keep the heat on medium and medium low throughout. They go from brown to black real quick!
Make all the pancakes like this.
IMG_9226To serve, liberally spread the filling of your choice on one pancake, keeping the bottom side up. Top with the other pancake and serve.


This is my entry to the Japanese cuisine challenge by Shaheen of Spoon Fork and Food at Chefs Across Boundaries. Thanks Shaheen, this was fun!

I am also taking these yummy Dora Cakes to Angie’s Fiesta Friday, fun treats for a fun party!

66 thoughts on “Dora Cake or Dorayaki or Fulffy Golden Pancake Sandwich from Japan

  1. they look soooooooooo yummy….my kids are also a fan of these and always wished to have tham….i will now try them soon…Thanx for the recipe

  2. Definitely one of my favorite Japanese recipes! It`s been a while since I`ve made them for myself so I should probably make a batch of them right now! Happy FF and thank for sharing!

  3. One of my favourite Japanese sweets but I have never actually tried to make it. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Hey Garima,

    I want to try this cake. Is there any substitute for egg as I am vegetarian.


  5. For an eggless version, you can add mashed banana instead of the egg. i think it will work the same as egg. I heard it from a chef on a TV show once but havent tried it yet…so if it doesnt work, please dont be mad at me 😉

  6. Tried your recipe. The cakes came out really well. It was an instant hit friend circle with kids going crazy.
    A BIG Thanks!!!!

  7. Hey garima
    They look just amazing
    Just one query what is its shelf life . I mean how long we can store them after filled with fillings . Or how can we store them .

    1. Hi Khushboo
      I always make and serve them fresh. Never really tried storing them. I feel like any other pancakes, they are best served fresh.
      Maybe you can cling film and freeze them. That should work.

    1. Hi Anuradha
      This is essentially an egg based pancake and the texture won’t be the same without eggs. Too could try replacing each egg with 1/4 cup of thick curd

  8. Hi dear, tried them yesterday but they were not as fluffy as yours.. N the batter was bit raw from inside.. The other side didn’t cook even like the first one .. What could be the reason? .. I hsve used the exact amount of ingredients 🤔

    1. Hi Aditi
      I’m sorry to hear that. I actually haven’t ever had any trouble with these. Next time try on low heat and longer time.
      Lots of people have tried these and have given positive feedback.
      Hope you get them right the next time.

  9. Hi Garima, Thanks for the recipe! Quick question – how long do I have to beat the eggs… I am always scared of over-beating them 🙂


  10. Every time I make them .. I thank you for sharing such an easy n fool proof recipe… You are simply awesome ❤

  11. Dear garima . ..The doracake recipe is amazing…..It has actually made my kid so so happy….you are really good to share these recipes …god bless you.

  12. hi garima..firstly thank for this…my kids love this..taste good but it didn’t fluffy like u..can u tell me the reason ..why it so..

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