Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes

Refreshing Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with a light and fluffy whipped cream frosting, it's like a Matcha Frappuccino in a cupcake form! | wildwildwhisk.comI’m taking a break from berries today to share something different, these Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes. This recipe is an older one in my book, from when I first started baking cupcakes many years ago. The base is a simple buttermilk cupcake batter, which I have been able to adapt to make many different flavor cupcakes with just a few modifications. But I guess that’s beside the point.

Refreshing Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with a light and fluffy whipped cream frosting, it's like a Matcha Frappuccino in a cupcake form! | wildwildwhisk.comRefreshing Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with a light and fluffy whipped cream frosting, it's like a Matcha Frappuccino in a cupcake form! | wildwildwhisk.comRefreshing Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with a light and fluffy whipped cream frosting, it's like a Matcha Frappuccino in a cupcake form! | wildwildwhisk.comI struggled a bit to decide which frosting to make for these Matcha green tea cupcakes. Since I personally don’t care for buttercream, I crossed that one off the list right away. My go to has always been cream cheese frosting, but I felt it would overpower the Matcha flavor. So, I ended up just using a fluffy vanilla whipped cream and dusted the top with some Matcha powder for both look and taste. I’ve always used whipped cream in this combination in the past, I guess I shouldn’t have tried to reinvent the wheel.

Refreshing Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with a light and fluffy whipped cream frosting, it's like a Matcha Frappuccino in a cupcake form! | wildwildwhisk.comI love the whipped cream and Matcha combination because it kind of resembles the Matcha green tea Frappuccino, which I used to drink all the time back in the day, except in a cupcake form. 😊 It’s light and refreshing, and the portion is just right. The perfect way to start off the week, don’t you think?

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
For the cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Matcha green tea powder
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the frosting:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a regular size cupcake pan with cupcake liner.
  2. In a small bowl, measure out flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and Matcha green tea powder, mix well with a whisk and set aside.
  3. Add buttermilk, oil, egg, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl and beat with a whisk to combine.
  4. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the liquid mixture while slowly whisking with the other hand. Mix only until combine, use a spatula to scrape any flour on the side of the bowl and mix up anything at the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Divide batter equally among 12 cups.
  6. Bake for 17 minutes until an inserted toothpick in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean.
  7. Remove cupcakes from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. To make the frosting, combine heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and sugar in a medium mixing bowl, beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peak forms.
  9. Transfer whipped cream to a pastry bag fitted with a round tip, top cupcakes with whipped cream.
  10. Dust the frosted cupcakes with Matcha green tea powder using a small sieve.
Notes
1. I make the cupcake batter using just a hand whisk. You can use an electric mixer as well, just be sure to not overmix the batter.
2. Best enjoy within 1 – 2 days, but you can store cupcakes in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
3. Make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before topping with whipped cream.
4. I used culinary grade Matcha green tea powder. You can find this at pretty much any Asian grocery store. The specific brand is linked below.

This is the exact brand of Matcha green tea powder I used in this recipe: Maeda-En Matcha Green Tea Powder – Culinary Quality (Disclosure: Amazon associate link!)

Refreshing Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with a light and fluffy whipped cream frosting, it's like a Matcha Frappuccino in a cupcake form! | wildwildwhisk.com

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