Matcha actually grows from the same plant as green tea but you can easily distinguish them from the other when you buy them on the store. Matcha comes in powder form and involves whisking the tea powder and drinking it all. Green tea on the other hand comes as a loose-leaf and is prepared y infusing the leaves in water. Since matcha comes in powder form, it can easily be incorporated in many desserts.
What are 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.
Matcha for first-timers
Some people find matcha a bit scary to try because it’s green tea and when they hear green tea, not many are excited about it. But if I were to give someone a first taste of a matcha cake, this would be it.
It’s a good way to introduce the flavor of matcha and tea to your taste buds.
Never had a matcha cake before? This is a good start for a recipe!
It’s straightforward and tastes delicious. If you can make it by Friday, even better!
Don’t forget to wear green this Friday!