Hojicha roll cake – recipe

The author of this recipe is Viktorija from the blog „Barška puodai“.

Though hojicha tea is not well-discovered in Lithuania yet, it is highly popular in its motherland Japan. It is valued for its roasted sweet flavor and widely used in culinary – hojicha definitely adds quite a bit of uniqueness to various bakes, lattes and ice cream.

What is hojicha powder?

Hojicha is a roasted green tea. While being roasted, tea leaves lose a big part of its caffeine content. That‘s why hojicha is great to enjoy at any time of the day. In Japan, hojicha is a typical restaurant tea – it is often served next to a meal as a complimentary drink. It is as popular as matcha powder in confectionery – roasted taste notes go well along with sweetness. You’ll find the whole range of hojicha-flavored lattes and sweets while visiting Japan. But let’s get back to our kitchen and bring a scent of Japan to our homes while making a hojicha roll cake.

Hojicha roll cake recipe


▪ 4 eggs

▪ 4 tablespoons of wheat flour

▪ 1. 1 tablespoon of Yugen tea hojicha powder

▪ 4 tablespoons of sugar

▪ 1 pinch of salt

▪ A bit of oil to cover a baking pan


▪ A small bowl of ricotta cheese

▪100 gr of mascarpone cheese

▪ A few strawberries

▪ A lime peel

How to make a sponge cake?

1. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar to the ribbon stage, slowly sift the flour and continue mixing it

  1. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until medium peaks.
  2. Carefully transfer egg whites into a mass of egg yolks, slowly add sifted flour and hojicha powder and carefully mix everything with a small paddle.
  3. Cover a baking pan with oil and form a square out of the mass. Put it in the oven at 170-degree temperature for 10 to 12 minutes.

Leave it to cool down.

How to make a cream?

  1. Beat ricotta cheese with mascarpone cheese.
  2. Add some lime peel.
  3. Cut some fresh strawberries and add them to the cream.
  4. Cover sponge-cake with the cream, roll it carefully, wrap it in the food film and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours.


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