The Sweet Adventures Blog hop theme this month is “What’s your cup of Tea,” and hosted by 84th and 3rd. A perfect opportunity to use my new muffin tin which I bought on a recent trip! Why buy another cupcake or muffin tin when I already have so many? Well, the shape caught my eye! Baked muffins and cupcakes in this cake tin take on a different appearance, tall and narrow with some having domed shaped tops depending on the recipe being used! What ever way they come out they all look really cute!
With some lime green cupcake liners (also my new muffin pan), matcha tea in the cupboard and lemons in the fridge, it was decided… matcha tea with lemon cupcakes! Matcha tea is a high quality Japanese green tea which has many health benefits, guess using this in the cupcake recipe is a good thing… might just think these cupcakes are really good for my health… right!
My matcha tea probably could have been fresher, it had been already opened for a few months and the powder was not as green as when first opened, guess I will have to stock up again and use the older matcha tea for this face mask! Usually I buy matcha tea from Asian supermarket which is beside the Oriental supermarket, both opposite the Central Market for those living in Bahrain.
Matcha Tea and Lemon Cupcakes with a Matcha Tea Buttercream Topping
- 110g salted butter, softened
- 110g caster sugar
- zest of one lemon rind
- 1 teaspoon of matcha tea
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten together
- 75g all-purpose flour
- 25g self-raising flour
- 1 heaped tablespoon of home-made full-fat plain yogurt or shop bought
for the matcha tea buttercream:
- 25g cream cheese, softened
- 50g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g icing sugar (a little more if needed)
- 2 teaspoons, whipping or single cream
- 1/4 teaspoon match tea
- green edible glitter dust (optional)
Useful Kitchen Jewellery:
- cupcake pan
- measuring spoons
- mixing bowls
- electric whisk
- microplane zester
- wire cooling rack
- piping bag and nozzle
- kitchen scales
How to make:
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4/Fan 160°C.
Add the butter, caster sugar and lemon zest into a mixing bowl. Sieve in the matcha tea. Using and electric mixer, beat ingredients together until light and fluffy.
Add the beaten eggs (a few tablespoons at a time) to the cake mixture, beating well after each addition.
Sift in the flours and fold into cake mixture with a spatula until the cake mixture is smooth, stir in the yogurt.
Bake cupcakes for about 18 to 20 minutes or until middle of cupcake springs back when lightly pressed with fingers.
Let the cupcakes sit in the baking pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
For the buttercream frosting:
Add the cream cheese and butter to a mixing bowl, beat together with an electric mixer until soft and smooth.
Gradually sift in the icing sugar and beat until all the icing sugar is incorporated.
In a small bowl mix the cream and matcha tea to a paste and then beat this into the buttercream.
Spoon the matcha buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a rosette nozzle, pipe a small swirl on top of each cupcake. Dust lightly with edible glitter dust, if desired .
This post is part of the Sweet Adventures Australian Blog Hop, “What’s your cup of Tea,” click here to see all the other entries!
26 thoughts on “matcha tea and lemon cupcakes frosted with a matcha tea buttercream”
Mmmmm. Yummy! If the cupcake tin is tall and thin – does that mean if I eat a cupcake baked in one that I’ll be tall and thin too 🙂
I think it does Casey, Matcha Tea is supposed to help liven up the metabolism and in turn help with weight loss… so thin could happen. As for tall… do you think stretching to reach a cupcake would count? 🙂
LOL! I better start practicing my stretches!
Looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
You are welcome and thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Gorgeous cupcakes 🙂 I love the lemon/matcha combo. Thanks for joining the hop!!
Thanks Nic, I am not really a green tea drinker so I prefer to bake with it instead! Glad to be part of the blog hop and it is fun to see what everyone comes up with! 🙂
Moya – I want your kitchen equipment and accessories. Seriously!! I mean, how well-stocked is your kitchen? 😀
Love the flavours in these cupcakes and love the taller and narrow cupcakes – gorgeous!
I guess my kitchen is stocked a bit on the obsessive side… but I do use most of my stuff as I need lots of equipment when I give cookery lessons every now and then and of course over the years it all adds up. I even have some cake tins that my mother used when she did lots of baking! I love my new baking tin so I guess it is tall and narrow cupcakes/muffins for sometime! 🙂
Your cupcakes are cute! Looks like cupcakes yet different. Where did you find the pan?
Thanks for stopping by. The baking tin and liners are from Ikea, hopefully you have an Ikea near you! 🙂
Yes, there is an Ikea in Kuala Lumpur. I think I’ll hop over this weekend and look for the tins. Thanks!
Great that you have an Ikea near you and I hope they have them in stock!
Your cupcakes look so adorable Moya! I love the taller and narrower shape. Does this mean I can have more than one 😀 By the way, I love your tip for drying muffin tins upside down. I will have to try this!
Thanks Jennifer, yes definitely you can have two… remember, Matcha tea is really good for you! 🙂
Look at all your tins – fab! You and I used exactly the same brand of maccha – how funny. The addition of lemon sounds wonderful and the tall cakes look great!
Thanks JJ, I did notice that we had used the same matcha tea, but yours was much greener and fresher looking than mine! Loved the theme of the blog hop this month. 🙂
Oh I love the tall cupcake pan! Your cupcakes are just so pretty 🙂 I think I need some matcha cupcakes for the weekend 🙂
Thanks, hopefully you will bake some matcha tea cupcakes for the weekend! 🙂
Glad there are other baking tin junkies out there! People don’t appreciate the difference, so I’m happy to have found a kindred spirit (although you are soooo much more equiped than I am!)
Definitely a junkie! Some people have lots of shoes… I have lots of baking tins! 🙂
Moya, I just can’t get enough of those muffin tins and liners. I love them. Are the liners from Ikea as well? Oh … your cup cakes are cute as 🙂
Thanks Glenda, the liners are from Ikea. I stocked up on quite a few as on my last visit to Ikea they were out of stock. 🙂