Almost all of us are familiar that ‘Matcha’ is the popular – green powder tea – with some real health benefits. But do you know that you can also use this super-tea in other forms as well?
Don’t be so surprised! Just like the carrot cake you can also make ‘Matcha Cake’ and enjoy this healthy cake with your favorite icing!
Matcha Cake is the best option for those who are not much of a tea junkie. You can treat your sweet tooth as well as boost your metabolism, energy along with mood elevation – with this simple, quick & easy green-matcha-tea cake!
If you are curious to try this amazing & perfectly delicious recipe then you have landed on the right blog today!
In this blog post, we are going to share the famous matcha cake recipe with you.
What Is Matcha Tea?
Matcha – is a popular green powder – used to brew green tea. Young tea leaves are handpicked and then finely grounded into a bright green powder.
The strong green color of matcha is due to high levels of chlorophyll content – as it’s leaves are grown under shade.
High level of chlorophyll is not only responsible for the bright color of the powder – but makes this tea a rich source of nutrients as well.
Health Benefits Of Matcha!
Do you know that matcha tea is full of nutritional benefits? It is considered as the super tea for a reason.
According to studies one serving of a finely brewed matcha tea provides you nutritional benefits equivalent to 10 cups regular green tea!
The powdered form of matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than any other tea. And when you brew it in a tea – your body receives all the nutrients of an entire leaf!
You would be amazed to know what health benefits matcha powder hides within its powder.
Here is a list of almost all the health benefits that one can enjoy by consuming matcha green powder:
- Matcha green powder contains plenty of antioxidants.
- Each leaf of matcha contains enough amount of anti-inflammatory substance – EGCG.
- The presence of fibers in matcha boosts metabolism and burns calories.
- The vitamins and nutrients found in matcha protect our body from several diseases.
- In addition to physical benefits, matcha uplifts mood, calm our minds, relax our muscles, and relieves stress.
- It helps to focus and concentrate better.
- Matcha has miraculous benefits for controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
- Matcha powder is great for body detoxification.
Recipe And Procedure To Bake Matcha Cake
Matcha green cake is full of healthy nutrients and vitamins. It is the perfect meal for breakfast as well as an ideal dessert.
Unlike the usual cakes, this matcha green tea cake is not very sweet. rather it has a very smooth and rich earthly flavor.
However, some people experience a bitter taste after drinking matcha tea or eating matcha cake.
Whether your taste buds would experience the earthly or bitter – it depends on how matcha powder is prepared, its quality & quantity.
Also, don’t forget the way you use its power to make your recipe also decides the overall taste.
the best thing about this sweet delight is that it does not increase your calorie count! Now, who wouldn’t want that? Eating sweet without stressing about the calories!
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the ingredients list, icing & topping options, and how to bake an incredibly delicious, mouth-watering matcha cake!
- Hands-on-Time: 40 minutes
- Total Preparation Time: 70 minutes
- Serving/Yield: Enough for 10-12 serves
Ingredients That You Need For Cake
- All-purpose flour – carefully spooned & leveled – 2¾ cups.
- Baking powder – 3 teaspoons.
- Unsalted butter at room temperature – 1 cup
- Salt – ¼ teaspoon
- Egg yolks – 4
- Egg whites – 4
- Granulated sugar – 1 ⅓ cup
- Finely grounded Matcha powder – 2 ½ tablespoons
- Pure vanilla extract (optional) – 2 teaspoons
You can pair the Matcha cake with a yummy and creamy – Vanilla buttercream and white chocolate frosting.
Ingredients For Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- Pure vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
- Milk – 1 cup
- Egg whites – 4
- Unsalted butter, at room temperature – 4 sticks/2 cups
- Confectioner’s sugar – 1 pond/ 3 ¾ cups.
- Salt – ⅛ teaspoon
- Melted white chocolates – 12 ounces.
Preparation Steps For Matcha Cake
Once you have gathered all the ingredients both for the cake as well as for the frosting – it’s time to start mixing those ingredients one by one!
Step 1 – Pre-heat The Oven
Just like any other cake – you need to pre-heat the oven. You must pre-heat the over at 175 degrees – to get the perfectly baked matcha cake.
Step 2 – Preparing The Cake Batter
While the oven is heating up, take a bowl – add softened unsalted butter and the granulated sugar.
Beat or whisk the mixture till you get a fluffy & pale texture. Now separate the egg yolks from the egg white.
Set aside the egg whites in a separate bowl. Add the egg yolks in the butter & sugar mixture.
Then add some milk, all-purpose flour, matcha powder, vanilla extract, and baking powder. Whisk the mixture to make a well-combined batter.
Step 3 – Whisking The Egg Whites
In a separate bowl, whisk or beat the egg whites well. Whisk until you get a soft, white foamy texture. Then add the whisked egg white into the cake batter in two batches. Mix it well.
Note: It is better if you whisk the egg white and not beat it using a beating machine.
Furthermore, don’t worry if the first egg white folding is stiff. It would be easy with the second fold.
Step 4 – Sponge Baking
Now add the well-mixed cake batter into a cake pan. Fill up the pan up to 24cm, shake it well to level the batter.
Do the same for the second sponge. Place the cake pans into the oven and bake the cakes for 45 minutes. When you notice the cake sponge coming out of the pan, take it out.
Let the sponges cool down – then carefully slice each sponge into two halves – giving you 4 sponges.
Note: You can add more cake layers as per your wish. For each extra layer, you need another sponge.
Step 5 – Making Of Buttercream Frosting
While the cake is baking – you need to prepare the buttercream and white chocolate frosting for it.
Separate egg whites and add them in a bowl – Whisk them well into a foamy texture. Now place a bowl over a pan of boiling water – add the whisked egg whites plus the sugar.
Gently mix the mixture – till the sugar completely dissolved into the egg whites.
Turn off the stove and remove the bowl. Now strongly whisk the mixture – to get stiff form peaks.
Now add the softened unsalted butter into the batter and mix it again. In another bowl, melt the white chocolate – either in a microwave or over a pan of simmering water.
Add the melted white chocolate and vanilla extract into the mixture and whisk it till you get the buttercream.
Step 6 – Layering The Frosting & Cake Sponge
Here comes the easy part, put some buttercream on the cake plate, and place a cake sponge. You can place the cake sponges with liquid sugar mixture – that’s optional.
Otherwise simply just put buttercream on the sponge and spread it will and repeat the same process with all the layers.
Step 7 – Finishing The Cake With Matcha Cake Crumbs
After placing the topmost sponge layer, layered it with the whisked buttercream.
Decorate the cake either with the crushed matcha cake or matcha powder. You can also use fruits – such as strawberries, kiwi, blackberries, or any other fruit of your choice.
Another option, to increase the taste of matcha green tea cake is to enjoy it with a scope of your favorite ice cream flavor!
Enjoy Your Evening Tea With This Delicious Cake!
This easy, quick, and simple matcha cake is the ideal tea-time-cake for all your tea parties! Invite over your friends and family and share this full of tasty cake with them.
The matcha tea cake is different from the usual tea cakes – as it is not much sweet. Rather it gives a taste of green tea.
The cake recipe we have shared with is one of the many ways to bake a cake using matcha powder.
You can also make a dripping cake, dense & dry cake, or even matcha marble cake! And that’s just not all.
You can also use matcha powder in other cake recipes as well, such as adding the powder in the carrot cake or red velvet cake.
If you have intended to do – just be careful about the quantity – as high matcha quantity can ruin the taste!
No matter which matcha you prefer to bake you can enjoy all the health benefits – without manipulating the nutrients or vitamins.
You can use matcha cakes as an anxiety and stress relieving medicine. Follow this Youtube link to get an easy recipe.
So if you are tempted enough to try this cake – make sure to share your experience with us as well – by leaving a comment!