Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream Frosting

Do you know what other uses matcha (抹茶-Japanese powdered green tea) has aside from drinking?

Here are some examples!

Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream Frosting. Increase your tea intake and enjoy the taste of these light, fluffy green cupcakes that are perfectly topped with aromatic almond frosting | www.alldayieat.com
  • 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!

 

 

 

 

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Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream Frosting BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Course dessert
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Matcha cupcakes
Almond buttercream frosting
Course dessert
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
cupcakes
Ingredients
Matcha cupcakes
Almond buttercream frosting
Instructions
Matcha cupcakes
  1. First, measure out all your ingredients and have them ready.
  2. Preheat your oven to 335F.
  3. Starting with the butter, put it into a stand mixer and using a whisk, whip up until nice and fluffy. Add in the sugar and whip until incorporated.
  4. Next add in the 3 beaten eggs and mix until incorporated.
  5. Using another bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix using a whisk.
  6. Take the dry ingredients and gradually add to the wet ingredients and mix until just incorporated (should not look grainy).
  7. Put batter into a cupcake pan and bake in the oven for 22-25 minutes.
  8. Use the toothpick test to check for doneness. Once complete, remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
Almond Buttercream Frosting
  1. As the cupcakes cool. now you can make the frosting!
  2. Using a stand mixer and flat beater, combine the confectioners sugar, butter, the 4 1/2 Tbs. milk, extract and salt and beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Scrape sides if needed and gradually increase speed to medium. Continue to beat until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Spread on cupcakes and sprinkle with matcha powder!
Recipe Notes

if you cannot find the Japanese flour, hakurikiko, you may be able to substitute with cake flour which has a  similar protein content ~8%, but I haven't tried using cake flour yet. Will update this post once I do!

 

Yo! I'm Pat. I have the appetite of a shark. And with that, I strive daily to improve my skills and satisfy it with tasty food. My site is focused on Japanese cuisine, hydroponic gardening, and points travel. First time here? Learn more about me.

Note: My online Japanese cooking course will open for enrollment December 1-7, 2017. For details and video see what I have planned!!

   

9 thoughts on “Japanese Style Matcha Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream Frosting

  • May 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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    Yowzers, this looks wicked good!

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    • May 12, 2017 at 11:46 am
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      thank you! hope you get a chance to try them 🙂

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  • March 28, 2017 at 9:18 am
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    Gorgeous! I love how green they turned out. I adore anything with matcha in it. I have got to get some match cupcakes into my life…and soon! haha 😀

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