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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Matcha Green Tea Heart Cookies

Sweets | February 14, 2017 | By

Who doesn’t love cookies on Valentine’s Day, am I right? Just had to make these beautiful heart-shaped green tea cookies to fuel the romance!  Matcha green tea powder gives these sugary cookies their vibrant color, and they could not be any easier to make. I heard green tea powder is an aphrodisiac (did I make that up)? With so few ingredients you’ll be on to the “next course” in no time!  Ooh-la-la! ❤ ❤ Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Line a baking tray with parchment paper to bake these heart-shaped cookies.

Beautiful in color, add the finishing touch to these cookies with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Matcha Green Tea Heart Cookies
 
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Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Matcha green tea powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour and Matcha green tea powder. Set aside.
  2. Cube the butter and place in a mixing bowl along with the egg yolk. Beat the butter and egg together and add in the sugar to cream. Add the food coloring and mix until well blended. Slowly add in the flour mixture and salt and beat until mixed well. Remove the dough and knead together on a floured surface forming a ball, making sure there are no more gooey crumbs. Seal with plastic wrap, flatten, and place in refrigerator about 30 minutes until firm.
  3. When ready to use, roll out the dough onto the floured surface until flattened to about ½-inch thick. Cut out cookies using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, placing on the baking tray about 1 inch apart. Bake cookies about 15 minutes, until just slightly brown on the edges. Let cool on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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