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Solarwen
« on: January 28, 2009 07:33:21 AM »

My friend and I like to get together and do some experimental baking sometimes. I'd wanted to try making matcha cupcakes and she wanted to make some coconut butter cream frosting so we combined the two and came up with this!

*deep breath*
Matcha Cupcakes with toasted Coconut base, Lavender Buttercream frosting and Matcha butter cookie
*whew* A mouthful in more ways than one (:

They were delicious, not too sweet as the matcha has a bitterish taste but it worked really well with the coconut and the frosting! The cookie was quite bitter and more matcha-y tasting. I can dig up the recipe if anyone is interested!

.:the final result:.


Here's a short photostory of our fabulous baking adventure!

.:important ingredients:.


.:sift together flour and matcha:.


.:batter:.


.:toasted coconut base:.


.:pre bake:.


.:post bake:.


.:matcha butter cookies:.
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009 07:59:14 AM »

wow those look delicious and beautiful!!
I love matcha...
I'll definitely have to try this sometime, so If you would share the recipe, that would be great!
yum yummmmm!
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009 01:06:26 PM »

These look so delicious! I would love the recipe to try it myself sometime.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009 01:11:11 PM »

Oh! The picture of the batter made me want to make cupcakes or something like it. I don't know where to buy Matcha in the states, I'll have to look for it because I really would love to make these cupcakes. They look so yummy and the fact they are sweet makes them even better. (I can't stand too sweet things)
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009 07:05:57 AM »

Here's the recipe from my afore-mentioned friend's blog! eat me delicious!

If you do make them please post up pictures, I'd love to see how they turn out!!!
She also has a lot of other great recipes and beautiful food pictures *drool*

@Little-Vintage-Panda Are there any Asian grocery stores in your area? Or even big chain grocery stores these days carry it sometimes though admittedly I don't think it's a popular item in N.America. If you can't find any, I know there are online tea shops that sell matcha and blends!
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009 02:40:20 AM »

Matcha, thats such a good idea, and not one that would have ever occurred to me. The little stars are just the perfect finishing touch. Youve inspired me to do some experimental baking of my own. 
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Solarwen
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2009 04:04:05 AM »

Matcha seems to be the new "it" flavour. Or at least it was around the time we made these. Starbucks started their matcha latte thing and the Asian stores started getting matcha icecream, matcha cake and matcha bbt so it was just begging to be baked (:

Thanks! I'm glad you found this inspiring, the great thing about experimental baking is that you feel less stressed or pressured to follow a recipe and even if it doesn't turn out great tasting you've still had the fun and new experience of making something original. I love decorating cakes and cupcakes haha I think decorating baked goods with other baked goods pretty much takes that to the extreme!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2009 12:18:01 PM »

WOW.
I would have never thought to make or even see matcha cupcakes! Speechless.
I  always choked on matcha powder when I worked at Starbucks and never thought you could use it to bake with. You didn't mention it but did you add eggs for anything else thats 'cake batter'y? Suprised to see all you needed was flour, matcha and water.
What a great idea. I HAVE to find some matcha! Tongue I bet raspberry flavoring would be a good pairing too.
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2009 05:03:10 AM »

Oooh matcha and raspberries sounds intriguing! Strangely enough even though I've baked with every other berry out there raspberries have escaped my baking clutches. I'm not too fond of the Starbucks matcha myself but why does it make you choke? Is it the taste or the consistency? In any case, here's the recipe if you'd like it, my photos didn't show the complete process and yes, eggs were required.

Green Tea or "Matcha" Cupcakes
(from chocklyit's recipe at Cupcake Bakeshop)
1/2 sheet pan or 24 cupcakes
350 degree oven

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons matcha

1. Prepare sheet pan by rubbing with butter, covering with parchment, rubbing with more butter, and dusting with flour.
2. Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds.
3. Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
4. Add eggs/egg yolks one at a time, beat for 30 seconds between each.
5. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add to batter and mix to combine.
6. Mix matcha in with the milk. Add to the batter and mix until combine.
7. Pour into prepared 1/2 sheet pan and smooth flat.
8. Bake for 22-25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.
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