The Japanese Matcha Cake Recipe is a traditional cake made with green tea powder, sugar, and eggs. The cake is usually cooked in a slow cooker or pudding pan.
The cake is served with green tea, in the same way, you would have a cup of green tea. It’s the perfect dessert to eat while having a conversation over some Matcha Green Tea.
Matcha cakes are dipped in a sugar syrup made from matcha and water, giving it its characteristic sweetness. There are variations on Japanese Matcha Cake Recipe across Japan, but this one is my favorite (and I promise it’s not too sweet!).
How To Make Japanese Matcha Cake Recipe?
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: About 2 Hours
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour (1 cup = 125g)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup sugar (200g)
- 1 whole egg (50g)
- 6 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup hirameki or mirin
- 2 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder (momo chanaka as it’s called in Japan) (30g)
- 4 tablespoons of water (70ml)
To make the syrup, add matcha powder and a mixture of mirin and water in a pot. Mix well and cook until it boils. Then turn the heat off and let it cool down.
The next step is to make the cake batter. Mix hirameki, sugar, and melted butter in a bowl until it becomes creamy. Add egg one by one into the bowl and mix well after each addition.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add matcha green tea powder and mix well. Add half of the batter into the bowl with the dough and mix well. Add the second half of the batter into the first one and mix well until no dry ingredients are left in the batter.
Transfer cake from pan/pudding pan onto a serving plate. It would help if you had a cake about 2 inches bigger in diameter than the pan or pudding pan you used to prepare it.
Apply or brush the mixture of syrup and butter on the cake. Then apply another layer of syrup and butter on top of the cake. And finally, apply the rest of the syrup and butter to cover the cake completely.
You can serve it with mixed green tea or store it in the fridge, and this way, you can keep it for several days by keeping it in an airtight container.
Nutrition Fact Of Japanese Matcha Cake Recipe
5 Best Healthy Benefits Of Japanese Matcha Cake Recipe
1. Light And Fluffy
The cake has the right amount of sugar and is not too sweet. And It’s light and fluffy, which makes it a great dish to serve at parties.
2. It’s Filled With Antioxidants
The tea leaves in this recipe contain antioxidants that are important to fight stress and improve skin conditions and hair growth. That’s why this cake is a great dessert for kids, teenagers, or adults!
3. It Has A Great Interesting Taste
The tea powder in a Japanese Matcha Cake Recipe gives it this wonderful taste. You will love it, trust me!
4. It Provides Nutritional Benefits
The hirameki is a type of dried plums known as Japanese prune. Hirameki has lots of minerals which include potassium, zinc, and calcium. Also, it’s rich in vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and contains vitamin C.
5. It Retains Its Freshness
Because the Japanese Matcha Cake Recipe is baked in a pan enclosed by a lid, it doesn’t get cooked naturally and retains the freshness for days. You can serve it on any day even if you want to serve it for the party. So go ahead, feed your family with this simple and delicious cake!
How To Save On Japanese Matcha Cake Recipe?
1. Make the batter up to two weeks in advance and store it in the fridge. Then, when you want to serve it, please take out the cake and apply scoops of butter on top of it and then apply the syrup. Don’t forget to let it cool for at least one hour before serving.
2. Make enough batter for a cake about 25cm by 30cm (10 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches). Then freeze it until completely frozen.
Once it’s completely frozen, you can store it in an airtight container for at least 3 months. Then apply the same way you applied on the original recipe and let it cool for one hour before serving.
3. If you are too lazy to mix ingredients in your kitchen or host a party, buy everything bulk and make a batter in advance.
Then, the next time you want to serve it, cook it and voila! You have a ready-to-serve cake.
Is It Healthy?
In the past, matcha was used by Japanese tea masters to prevent themselves from getting sick, and this is how it got its name, “Uji,” which means “prevent sickness.”
However, matcha is a great way for people to gain weight loss. Matcha is rich in antioxidants, and it also helps boost your immune system, which makes you strong against infections.
Matcha can help you lose weight if consumed in moderation.
Can I Change The Flavoring Of Matcha Cake?
You can change the flavoring of the matcha cake recipe by adding other ingredients such as almond or vanilla extract instead of green tea powder (to add more flavor). However, please don’t overdo it, or it might ruin the taste of the matcha cake recipe.
What Are The Differences Between Green Tea Latte And Green Tea Matcha?
Green Tea Latte is a drink containing green tea powder dissolved in hot water with milk and sugar added.
On the other hand, Green Tea Matcha is a mixture of crushed dried leaves of Camellia Sinensis (Matcha) and water. You can even add sugar and flavoring agents to it.
Replacing Dry Ingredients with Wet Ingredients:
If you don’t have dry ingredients, you can use wet ingredients instead of them. And vice versa. This way, your recipe will come out just fine!
For example, if you have too many wet ingredients (such as melted butter) and not enough dry ingredients (such as flour or rice), add some more rice or flour until the consistency of the batter becomes even.
The matcha cake recipe is a great dessert for any occasion, and it also contains many important nutrients, which makes it a healthy dessert for your family.
So, add this to your list of favorite recipes today!