Saturday, September 30, 2006

Matcha Cupcakes

At the moment, Dan and I are going through a bit of a green tea phase and I've seen the evidence that this has spilled over to Dan's work place where they are practically performing tea ceremonies. Their current favourite is a Genmai-cha , a green tea with brown rice which is, I'm told, very relaxing and tastes nutty with an almost savoury edge.

In light of this, I decided to try baking something with the matcha powder, as I had seen a few recipes floating around. I decided to keep it relatively simple with matcha cupcakes. I used the cake recipe which was the base of Chockylit's Green Tea Lavender and Honey Cupcake Bombe over at the Cupcake Bakeshop. I made mini-cupcakes so that if someone didn't like it, they didn't feel obliged to eat the whole thing, but they went down so well, that Dan had to take the second batch to work the next day. The flavours were very prominent, even though I reduced the amount of matcha from the original recipe. The matcha powder itself was of drinking grade and has a high caffeine content with apple tones. I was able to order it online from the Japanese Kitchen.

Be warned - I think this has awakened a cupcake passion for me...

Matcha Cupcakes

Makes about 50 mini cupcakes.

110 grams of butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon matcha

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Beat the butter on high until soft and a touch lighter. Add the sugar and beat on medium high until light and fluffy. Add the eggs including the egg yolks one at a time beating well to incorporate between each addition. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the batter and mix until well combined. Whisk the matcha in with the milk and add slowly to the batter until well combined and mixed through. Spoon the batter into the cupcake papers until 3/4 full. Bake for about 12 to 20 minutes depending on cupcake size. Remove from tray to cool. Once cool, frost.

Matcha Frosting

110 grams of butter at room temperature
2 tablespoons of single cream
1 tablespoon of matcha powder
3 cups of icing sugar, sifted

Make a paste by adding the matcha to the cream. Whip the butter briefly and scrape down the sides. Add in the sifted sugar and matcha paste. Whip all together until it's a smooth, light and airy.

- I use a piping bag without a metal point to put the batter into the papers. It's so much easier and less fiddly (especially with the mini papers).
- I find I don't need a cupcake pan when doing the mini cupcakes. The papers hold up the batter on their own. If using medium or large sized papers, I would definitely advise using a pan.
- Taste test the batter and frosting to ensure the matcha is distinct in flavour. Different powders have different strengths, so make sure the batter is stronger than the end result that you wish to achieve. The matcha flavour remained, even after 2 days.


miss cupcake said...

They look so cute!! I'm so happy that Dan's colleague like them - it is encouraging that more people are adventurous with food from other cultures. Well done ;-)

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

I love cupcakes too, and these look beautiful.

Cupcakes are delicious, a cake in one bite...You can eat them without feeling naughty, and they're easy to bake too.

Bonnie said...

Thanks guys! I'm glad you like!

And thank you so much, Scott, for the Ode to Cupcake!

Anonymous said...

hi bonnie!
oeh, these look so cute!! (and very delicious...)
- beautiful picture with that pink/green contrast...=)
I?ve never had something with matcha in it - very interesting!

jenjen said...

There's nothing like cupcake fanaticism. There was one point when all would make were cupcakes.
These ones look so dreamy, you are well on your way to starting a cupcake production line!

thepassionatecook said...

these look incredibly cute! i love the ones at my local patissier, but with your recipe, I might just try and make them myself!

Emma said...

Thanks for your entry to DMBLGIT - have a look at all the entries here.

What a brilliant idea to pipe the batter into the cases!

bea at La Tartine Gourmande said...

Cute cute. Love the colours and flavor!

loukoum°°° said...

they are really beautiful!

Elena said...

Your Green Tea mini cupcakes are adorable and they look really very delicious!! I've been looking for a green tea cupcake recipe and I'm so glad I've found it!

Anonymous said...

Really adorable... no words

Valérie la gourmande bleue said...

those green cupcakes are so cutes!

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