going green

I recently got some green tea or matcha powder from an Asian grocery store and decided to experiment with some green tea or matcha cupcakes. The recipe is actually a very easy and basic sponge cake recipe from Jamie Oliver's Cook with Jamie. I halved the original recipe to make six blooming green cupcakes without any additions like nuts or chips. Feel free to add chocolate chips or walnuts or even top it off with cream cheese icing. This link is a really cute recipe for green tea cupcakes as well. The cupcakes were full of green tea flavour and makes a great tea time snack with some milk tea or coffee.

Green Tea or Matcha Cupcakes

1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup raw or caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 cup self-raising flour
1 heaping tbsp green tea or matcha powder
1/2 - 3/4 cup of white chocolate chips, roasted walnuts, almonds (optional)

1. Cream butter and sugar till pale and fluffy.
2. Mix eggs one at a time till well incorporated. Add vanilla if using at this stage too.
3. Mix in the flour and matcha powder till well mixed and no traces of flour or green tea powder is seen. Mix in any additions you like.
4. Spoon the green batter onto prepared 12 muffin tins and pop into preheated oven of 180 degrees C. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cake tester comes out almost clean.

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