Thursday, March 20, 2008

St. Patrick's Day Green Tea Cupcakes Bake

Made these for St Patrick's day in heart-shaped molds, and assembled it to look like a four-leave clover. Used green tea (matcha) powder in place of vanilla, and added cherries into the batter before baking.

It was a fun combination, and the mild flavor of the matcha did not affect the kid's taste buds. Very easy recipe and a fun addition to the Green theme for St. Patrick's Day!

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp matcha (green tea powder)
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Set rack at the middle level in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
Line muffin pan with paper or silicon cups. Spray the cups with some oil. I used Pam baking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir matcha, flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside. Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla extract. Alternate 1/3 of the flour mixture and half the milk mixture to the butter mixture til everything is combined. Scape the bowl and beater often.

Scoop batter into prepared pan until half-full and add a cherry onto the top of the batter. It will sink to the middle of the cupcake during baking. Bake cake(s) about 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean.

Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack, remove paper and let cool completely.

Note: Since I used the heart-shaped molds, I simply spray the mold and added the batter til half-full and baked for 17 mins.

Recipe adapted from Gourmet Magazine


SIG said...

That is a lovely idea. :)

Dwiana P said...

that is a good idea! I never think about making cupcakes with heart mold.

wonda said...

What is the weight of 1 1/2 sticks of butter?

isabella said...

LMB emwk long time since u blogged, misses u very much... i lov d heartshaped cupcakes.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Cute! Love your heart shape mold!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Thanks everyone!

Alice, 1 1/2 sticks of butter is 12 Tablespoon and about 165 gms. Hope this helps. :)

Dr.Gray said...

I love the shape. Green tea is so good in baking. Do you think something like this would work for this recipe - baking matcha?

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Dr Gray,
Thanks for leaving a comment, and yes, that particular brand of macha will work for this recipe. Happy baking! :)