Dessert doesn’t always have to be fancy. Biscuits, breads, and baked goods are prime examples. After all, some of the most comforting sweets are the simplest, and these matcha cupcakes are no exception.
When we first started working with matcha cupcakes, we were excited to try everything under the sun. Chocolate, blueberries, [cranberries, or oranges]… You name it and we put it in matcha cupcakes.
Yet we still always came back to the classic: matcha cupcakes with buttercream icing.
No matter how many different combinations we tried, there was something perfect about these light and airy matcha cupcakes that had us itching for the chance to bake more.
Their exotic smell and almost floral taste made them perfect for pairing with buttercream icing, but they’re absolutely delicious without any icing too.
Whether you’re trying to satisfy your sweet tooth or coming up with a last minute bake sale recipe, these cupcakes are quick and easy. In fact, you could argue these matcha dessert recipe is healthy for you. Matcha has a ton of different antioxidants that make this sweet treat an immune system booster that sooths your sweet tooth and your stomach. The hardest part of the entire recipe is waiting to take them out of the oven.
Matcha Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing RecipePublished: 2015-11-25Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 40 mins
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon Epic Matcha green tea powder
- 1 cup milk
- Cupcake liners: 24 regular or 48 mini liners
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2-4 tablespoon heavy whipping cream (can substitute half-and-half)
- 1 tablespoon Epic Matcha green tea powder
- Cupcake Directions
a. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
b. Beat butter on high until soft; slowly incorporate sugar.
c. Continue beating together until fluffy, 2–3 mins.
d. One at a time, beat in eggs and egg yolks.
e. Add the combined dry ingredients to the wet batter and beat 2 minutes to combine.
f. Mix matcha powder with milk and add to batter, mixing to combine.
g. Scoop batter into prepared cupcake pan, filling three-quarters full.
h. Bake 22–25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
i. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
- Frosting Directions
a. Beat butter till soft and fluffy, 1 minute
b. Slowly, about 1/2 a cup at a time, beat in powdered sugar till combined
c. Mix matcha in with 3 tablespoons cream and beat into frosting.
Give this simple recipe a shot the next time you’re craving sweets.
You can add more cream to get the consistency you would like for frosting/piping. The more cream you add, the thicker the frosting will be, and vice versa. For a quick fruit flavored frosting, crush some freeze dried fruits and add them into the icing mixture. Be cautious though. Adding too much fruit can make the buttercream icing very bitter.
Consider this recipe a blank canvas. Experiment with different ingredients until you find the perfect combination. For a more diverse texture, add fresh fruit. Or, for a truly decadent dessert, add cinnamon or cocoa powder. Share your rendition of this recipe with our Epic Matcha family in the comments.
The best part about this recipe for matcha cupcakes? They pack all matcha green tea benefits you need for a good day.
Need a good drink to go with those matcha cupcakes? Check out some of our matcha lattes!
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