As my wiki knowledge goes, Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about 3 weeks before harvest, and the stems and veins are removed in while being processed. These days, besides being drinking as a tea, matcha is also used to flavour and dye foods like noodles, ice-creams, cakes, smoothies.
Matcha is that form of whole green tea leaves which has extra theanine and chlorophyll as shaded growth produces more theanine and chlorophyll. They say it is an energy booster. Many a health conscious people consume green tea leaves or matcha for its antioxidant catechins. Now how much of that antioxidants are present in the tea cakes made with it, I have no idea. I prepared them as I liked the colour and the aroma of matcha cakes when I first saw them in a cake shop.
I became a connoisseur of tea after I landed in Singapore, specially of green tea. God, so many variety of tea, I am yet to taste them all. My first attempt to prepare a matcha cake went haywire, it came out so hard. My second attempt was this and I am proud to say they came out well, soft. Since I am not a professional baker I am less innovative about baking, hence I followed one of Teaglad's recipe for these all green, soft MATCHA TEA CAKES. This is how I did them.
INGREDIENTS :[for the cake]
All Purpose Flour : 2cups
Baking Powder : 1/2tbsp
Salt : 1/2tsp
Sugar : 1cup
Butter[unsalted] : 100gm[at room temperature]
Oil : 50ml
Eggs : 3large
Milk : 2/3cup
Matcha green tea : 2tbsp
INGREDIENTS :[for the frosting]
Unsalted Butter : 50gm
Powdered Sugar : 11/2cup
Milk : 2tbsp
Matcha Green tea : 1tbsp
Preheat the oven to 180* C.
Mix together all the dry ingredients.
In another bowl cream together butter and sugar.
Add the oil and incorporate with the butter well.
Beat one egg at a time to the batter.
Add the milk.
Beat till it becomes lighter.
Add the flour mix little by little.
Once done beat the whole thing till it is light and fluffy.
Place paper cups on the muffin moulds.
Pour the batter till half.They look as below.
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 180*C. Once done let them cool. They look as below.
Now let us prepare the frosting.
Beat together the butter and powdered sugar, add the milk and keep beating.
At a point the three will be incorporated well.
Once the cup cakes cool down , we can decorate them with the frosting. They look as below.