Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes

matcha green tea cupcakes

Sweets | May 16, 2017 | By

Boost your antioxidant levels with these drool-worthy matcha green tea cupcakes!  They are as beautiful as they are delicious!  You can feel good about eating these yummy sweets because matcha powder is also a natural energy booster, so you’ll be sprinting to the gym after indulging! If you’re not a fan of making desserts from scratch, just cheat (no one will know!) and use boxed white cake mix instead. Your green tea cupcakes will be fluffy and flavorful.  Either way, these cupcakes will make your guests green with envy!

matcha green tea powderMatcha green tea powder is the secret ingredient in these delectable cupcakes!

Fluffy matcha green tea cupcakes can be made from scratch or with boxed cake mix!

matcha green tea cupcakes

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons (room temperature)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
  • ⅔ cup skim milk
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half or milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners into cupcake pans. In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and matcha powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and continue to mix until fully incorporated. Slowly add in the dry ingredients in three batches until fully mixed, adding in the milk last.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 18 to 20 minutes until a toothpick tester comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack.
  4. CHEAT: You can use boxed white cake mix for this recipe as well, adding the matcha powder to the mixture.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl and electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and incorporate well until smooth. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing until well blended. Add in the vanilla, matcha powder, and remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Frosting should be thick and smooth.
  6. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles if desired.
Notes
Matcha green tea powder can be found at select gourmet grocery stores and at most Asian markets.

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Spicy Scallop Crudo

spicy scallop crudo

This super easy, crazy delicious Spicy Scallop Crudo recipe was inspired by a starter dish I had at my favorite wine tasting bar, Stem Wine Bar. These succulent scallops cook themselves in citrus juices, just like ceviche. We threw in every citrus under the sun — lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit. Just four hours later and, voilà, you will not believe how amazing these taste! We’ve added some heat with jalapeños and shaved radishes, and brightness with colorful cilantro and red bell peppers. Serve them in a scallop shell or martini glass. So impressive! 

These delectable scallops will cook themselves in the citrus juices, making it such an easy appetizer. Impressive too!

Spicy Scallop Crudo
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¾ pounds fresh sea scallops
  • 2 lemons freshly squeezed
  • Zest from one orange and freshly squeezed
  • 1 lime freshly squeezed
  • 1 ruby red grapefruit, freshly squeezed
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced or thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, seeded and small diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (more for garnish)
  • Pinch of salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Clean and remove the small muscle from the scallops. Slice the scallops in half length-wise. Set scallops aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add the juices from the lemons, orange, orange zest, lime, and grapefruit, stir together well. Stir into the bowl the garlic, jalapeño, radishes, onion, bell pepper and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Add in the scallops making sure the scallops are soaking in the juices. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours (the scallops will cook naturally in the juices). Sprinkle more cilantro on top when ready to serve.

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Pressure Cooker Asian Meatballs

pressure cooker Asian meatballs

I finally succumbed to the latest craze… the upgraded pressure cooker (a.k.a. the Instant Pot)! I dragged my dusty, old pressure cooker out of the very back of my kitchen cabinet to compare the two. Wow, what a difference! Isn’t technology grand? My mom introduced me to the pressure cooker eons ago! I think I made one dish in it over the past several decades. But now, whole new ball game! This Asian turkey meatball recipe was so fast and delicious — and the family was raving! It’s a cinch to prepare and loaded with flavor with both sweet and spicy elements. Plop the meatballs on top of some steamed white or brown rice, drizzle extra sauce on top, and enjoy! This will not be my only dish in my new pressure cooker, rest assured!

My new favorite kitchen device, the Power XL Pressure Cooker! Major timesaver!

Brown the turkey meatballs in the pressure cooker and pour sauce on top.

Drizzle the yummy sauce on top of the meatballs and garnish with green onions.

Pressure Cooker Asian Meatballs
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Cooked steamed rice
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn starch
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine turkey, egg white, garlic powder, bread crumbs, green onions, sesame oil, chili pepper, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds. Form turkey mixture into 2 inch meatballs using a small ice cream scoop. Place on a cookie sheet until ready to brown.
  2. For the sauce: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the all of the sauce ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  3. Heat the pressure cooker on the sauté or browning mode. Add the canola oil and, in batches, add the meatballs one-by-one in a single layer to brown. Brown all sides and push aside the browned meatballs to make room for the next batch. Once meatballs are browned, cover them completely with the sauce. Cover and lock the lid, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve meatballs over steamed rice and drizzle extra sauce on top. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Notes
Adapted from: https://mommyshomecooking.com/instant-pot-teriyaki-turkey-meatballs/

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