Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Yes Chef: Getting my green on!

Green is my favourite colour! I like every shade and love how it works with my skin tone. I don’t need a special day like St. Patrick’s to wear green! I prefer savoury foods, but I’ll indulge in a good cake once in a while, especially in the form of cupcakes. They’re just the right size and they’re kinda cute. I love tea of course! I thought I’d make a sweet treat using tea to celebrate St. Patrick’s this year. Matcha Buttercream Cupcakes. How yummy does that sound?


So cute!

I make cupcakes occasionally so I’ll be using my standard recipe and instructions with the appropriate adjustments to incorporate Matcha. See my posts for Earl Grey Lavender Muffins and Chamomile Cupcakes for more inspiration. You will get about a dozen cupcakes with some vibrant, green icing. Here’s what you’ll need:

For Cupcakes

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Matcha

Adding the star ingredient!


Batter up!

For Buttercream

  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Matcha
  • 4 − 5 tablespoons water

Preparation for cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 180 °C.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and Matcha in a bowl and set aside.
  • Add in slightly beaten eggs and melted butter.
  • Mix all ingredients together just until they combine.
  • Spoon the batter into lined cupcake pans about ⅔ full.
  • Bake for about 20 − 25 minutes. Afterwards, place the pans on a rack to cool down.

Ready to get their green on!

Preparation for buttercream:

  • Beat the butter in a mixture bowl on medium speed until it forms a creamy texture.
  • Slowly dump sifted icing sugar and Matcha into the mixing bowl.
  • Begin adding bits of water as you continue to mix.
  • Once completely mixed and smooth, pipe the icing onto the cooled cupcakes. 

Dressed to thrill!

I made a great batch of green goodies! I even used various piping tips to create different designs. The cupcakes were yummy! Sweet, with just the right amount of vegetal flavour of the Matcha. They tasted like the green tea ice-cream you get sushi restaurants. What a great way to use Matcha! I’m sure these sweet treats would change the minds of those who aren’t so fond of Matcha.

Have one!

Cooking Tips:

  • Use a boxed cake mix if you’re just too busy. Nothing wrong with that.
  • Don’t overdo it on the Matcha. Too much may produce bitter results. 
  • No need to pipe. Use a small flat spatula or even a spoon to ice your cupcakes.

Options:

  • Add nuts like chopped pistachio. Goes well with the green icing and adds a new texture.
  • Use green sprinkles to create different designs.
  • Add a few drops of green food colouring to punch up the colour.



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