Do you know what other uses matcha (抹茶-Japanese powdered green tea) has aside from drinking?
Here are some examples!
- soba (buckwheat noodles)
- other sweets like candy, crepes, ice cream, chocolates, shaved ice, pudding
- baked goods like cookies, scones, waffles, pancakes
And of course, these delicious Japanese Style Matcha cupcakes!!
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share these with you.
These are no ordinary cupcakes…
The cake base is light and fluffy. Two of my favorite things about Japanese cakes. You never feel like you are eating something super heavy/oily! That could be good or bad I suppose.
The matcha tea adds a noticeably earthy and rich deep flavor to each bite.
And add to that, matcha is healthy for you too. It is green tea after all.
If only the buttercream was too right?
To sweeten these up, I used my go to buttercream recipe and rather than the usual vanilla, subbed in almond extract.
The result was a sweet and aromatic almond with deep earthy tea notes. If you ask me, I don’t know how you could have made these taste any better.
If you have any ideas… I’m all ears.
If I were give someone a first taste of a matcha cake, this would be it.
Never had matcha cake before? Start with this recipe!
It’s straightforward and tastes delicious. If you can make it by Friday, even better!
Don’t forget to wear green this Friday!
In case you missed them, here are some of my other Japanese recipes!
- Meatless Mapo Tofu with Nira
- Mapo Tofu with Pork and Red Miso
- Miso Soup with Eggplant and Gobo
- Kinako Ice Cream with Kuromitsu
- Japanese Style Broccoli Salad with Egg and Ham
- Japanese Style Potato Salad with Ham
- Creamy Mentaiko Pasta with Fresh Spaghetti
- Omusubi (Japanese rice balls) with tuna, salted salmon, and umeboshi
- Japanese Radish Salad with Tuna and Radish Sprouts
- Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream Frosting