No-bake Strawberry Shortcake: How to Make a Japanese Cake Without an Oven

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As a Brit, I’ve always thought of strawberries as a summer fruit, but it’s hard to tell in Japan. They are grown as early as December and are in season until June. Around this time, the country goes bananas for strawberry treats—especially shortcake. Why shortcake and not strawberry milkshakes or something? There are two theories. Some think a famous baker got the idea from the Americans. Others believe they picked it up from the French. Either way, the baker tweaked strawberry shortcake for the Japanese palate. Do you want to make it yourself, but your tiny Japanese apartment doesn’t have an …

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