The other day I went looking for a Christmas cake… not really! I had just heard the buzz that there were some sweet treats worth checking out, and ventured over to Nagayo (＾▽＾)/
A:one Cake Shop (pronounced like A-1)
This popular confectioner in Nagayo offers a huge range of tasty delights, from fresh cream cakes to baked goods.
Once I had a basket in my hand, I couldn’t stop myself from picking out delicious-looking cakes, one after another.
A first venture into the world of confectionary was held in Nagayo in 2012, with the ‘Nagayo Sweets Festa 2012’. The festival includes a confectionary contest designed to find some new souvenir sweets for Nagayo Town.
The products which passed the strict scrutiny of the judging panel and won the contest then underwent a year of product development to reach commercialization.
The first product to go on sale is sold by A:one.
Nagayo Mandarin Orange Chocolate Cake: ￥180 each
One of Nagayo’s noted local products is the mikan, a mandarin orange.
The town even has a mikan-like mascot character called ‘Mikkun’.
The chocolate cake’s special recipe includes mikan orange peel and orange sauce.
The chocolate used in the cake was brought specially from France, having been carefully selected by the chef, who needed a chocolate that would go well with the mikan.
Orange peel and chocolate is not an unusual combination, but I don’t believe I have ever seen mikan and chocolate.
You can catch glimpses of the mikan peel in amongst the moist velvety chocolate cake.
Here is another sweet spot in Nagayo: ‘Waltz no Mori Hisaya’
The shop sells both Japanese and Western sweets, so one visit is doubly delicious ♪
The range of goods on offer includes Nagayo specialities in Japanese and Western styles!
Left: Cheese tart ‘Mikkun no Okurimono’ (‘a gift from Mikkun’): ￥227 each
Right: ‘Mikan no Machi’ Japanese sweet: ￥175 each
At first glance I thought that the cheese tart would have a strong cheesy flavour, but in fact the flavour of the mikan stands out clearly, in excellent balance with the cheese ♪
In contrast to oranges, mikans are much less sour, and very easy to eat (^-^)
The ‘Mikan no Machi’ (‘mikan town’) has a gentle sweetness, and leaves a pleasantly fragrant orangey aftertaste. This Japanese sweet is appealing not only in appearance but also in flavour.
Mikan oranges can be eaten as they are, but why not try them in a new and stylish way with these Nagayo mikan sweets?
A:one Cake Shop
Address: 435 Urerigou, NagayoTown
Opening hours: 9:30 – 19:00
Waltz no Mori Hisaya
Address: 460-1 Urerigou, NagayoTown
Opening hours: 9:00 – 20:00
Closed: No scheduled day