If you love Green Tea, then you’ll love these Green Tea Cupcakes – and they are the perfect shade of green for St. Patrick’s Day! Not only are these ‘naturally’ pretty, but Matcha Green Tea has excellent health benefits too. Matcha is rich in the amino acid L-Theanine, containing up to five times more than other types of green tea. Because of this, it has been associated with increased alpha wave activity in the brain, and can produce a calming and relaxing effect. Matcha’s combination of L-Theanine and caffeine is also claimed to produce better mental focus and concentration. It’s been a crazy month already, so I’m ready for some mental clarity!
- 2 cups of flour, sifted
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ½ tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- 6 oz of unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2/3 cups of milk
- 2 tablespoons of matcha green tea powder (can add less or more depending on how much green tea flavor you would like)
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line with cupcake liners. I found these cute little green ones at HomeGoods.
2. In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, and matcha green tea powder
3. With an electric mixer, or by hand, beat together your butter and sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes
4. Beat in your eggs one at a time until everything is evenly incorporated
5. Slowly add in your dry ingredients and milk and mix until everything is fully distributed
6. Evenly pour your batter into your cupcake liners, making sure to only fill ¾ of the way full
7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
You could put a cream cheese or buttercream frosting on these. I did buttercream, but they were still warm when I frosted! I big no no..but I was hungry. 🙂
As part of this recipe, I used and reviewed the Midori Spring Eco Culinary Class Matcha Green Tea powder. It has a very fragrant taste & worked wonderfully in these cupcakes. You could also make delcious homemade green tea ice cream & smoothies with this!