Some time last year, I made the ugliest matcha cupcakes ever. It’s ok, I’m man enough *grunt* to admit I make ugly stuff. I mean, did y’all just click on that link to check it out? I’m sure you did, because if there is something people love more than looking at beautiful things, it’s gawking at the hideous things in life.

This Is A Fact.

Just look at that weird, sandy textured frosting. What was up with that? And that horrid lighting. Honestly, I think I was on drugs posting that and truth be told, I didn’t even like that recipe all that much. It was way more cocoa than matcha and in fact all that was matcha about it was the frosting.

So since last October, I’d been meaning to devise a matcha cupcake recipe of my own. And because matcha is the best of buddies with white chocolate, I thought I’d go all kinds of crazy and do a matcha and white chocolate cupcake!

Oh yes, it’s like Christmas, all in an itty bitty pint-sized cupcake ;)

Marrying my two favourite ingredients seemed an inevitable fate, and this isn’t the first time it’s happened. It’s not even the second! I’ve been in love with Green & Black’s white chocolate with Madagascan vanilla since forever and honestly, you should try it.

I was on cloud nine when Green & Blacks personally dropped a handful of blocks off at my house but I can promise you, I’m not just saying they rock because y’know, they gave me free stuff. I genuinely love this product and really, there is not much to unlove about the rich block of chocolate, housing within its creamy smooth body hundreds of dancing vanilla pods who are, I’m sure, very happily drunk in white chocolate heaven.

And then there’s teapig’s matcha powder. Matcha rocks. Need I say more?

So anyway, here you go. Severely delayed but I’ve made some matcha and white chocolate cupcakes! These cupcakes were meant to be matcha with white chocolate chunks, covered in a cream cheese frosting but I got a little carried away and decided to make some matcha chocolate and top my cupcakes with a lovely green splodge.

Not sure if it necessarily works aesthetically but it was yum!

ps. I think I’m gonna win the award for Worst Food Stylist Person Thing ever. I mean, who the hell eats cupcake with chopsticks?!

Matcha and white chocolate cupcakes
Cupcake:
120 grams plain flour
140 grams caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
40 grams unsalted butter at room temperature
120mL whole milk
1 egg
2 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
70 grams white chocolate, chopped up

Cream cheese frosting:
300 grams icing sugar, sifted
50 grams unsalted butter at room temperature
125 grams cream cheese, cold

Matcha chocolate topping (totally optional):
100 grams white chocolate
1 teaspoon matcha powder

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F.
  2. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter in a bowl and beat on low speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
  3. Gradually pour in the milk and beat until just incorporated.
  4. Add the egg to the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated.
  5. Add matcha powder and continue mixing for a couple of minutes until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Stir in white choc, leaving a little bit to sprinkle on top.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until 2/3 full then sprinkle remaining white choc on top.
  8. Bake in pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted should come out clean. Leave to cool before frosting.
  9. For the frosting, beat the icing sugar and butter together with an electric mixer. on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
  10. Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed.
  11. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. Do not overbeat, as it can quickly become runny.
  12. Spread evenly on top of cupcakes and let set.
  13. For the matcha chocolate topping, melt 100 grams of white chocolate in a bowl over a simmering pot of water. When the chocolate is dissolved, stir in matcha powder. Spread on cupcakes immediately and let set.
Makes 12-15 cupcakes.

35 Thoughts on “matcha and white chocolate cupcake: a match-a made in heaven!

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  2. Amazing… just, amazing! Especially with the white chocolate on top. And because they were made with the matcha powder I could pretend they were metabolims-boosting cakes! Thanks Catty!

  3. You really are obsessed by matcha! You ought to rename your blog after matcha!!

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  5. WOW! They look BEAUTIFUL!!! I bet they tasted sooooo good!! When I finally find matcha this will be the first thing I make – I looked in Chinatown and couldn’t find any but I did forget to try the Japan centre…hmm! And p.s. there is NOTHING wrong with your other cupcakes – they looked lush!

  6. Libby: well matcha is SO healthy it totally cancels out the chocolate. Although, aren’t cocoa beans healthy too? ;)

    Mr Noodles: you noticed? ;)

    Little Welsh: Oh bummer, let me know if you want me to buy you a tin and send?

  7. Ooooh man! I still haven’t had my matcha fix after so many days of mad craving and these screen licking delicious photos isn’t making it any easier!! Looks fantastic Catty!! xx

  8. Ying on July 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm said:

    i actually really like ur first green tea cupcakes attempt…esp the sandy textured frosting…these are real cute too ;) you could make them for me in a couple of wks ;))

  9. Besides sesame, matcha is probably one of my favorite ingredient. Healthy or not, they look delicious. I thought you ate all the white chocolate, glad you saved some for these cupcakes.

  10. Anything green is healthy. Enough said. :D

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  12. Maria: thanks honey! You should definitely make something matcha.. maybe for #matchamadness!! Er, do the Finns ever use matcha? hehe..

    Ying: Awww thanks lovely… why a couple of weeks? Are you coming for a visit???

    Ken: Ah, I love sesame too but matcha more ;) one of the reasons I love it more is the colour. Just LOVE the green!

    Su-yin: damn right.

  13. Teapigs supply tea to my shop – I love them and its so great they are getting Matcha mainstream – its such a delicious tea and even more so in ice cream and cupcakes! Looking at your pictures, I am dying to eat them – to hell with food styling – your ones look top notch to me. What a grea idea to marry it with white G&B choccies. (You know where I am if you have some spare…)
    x

  14. You know that if you marry two things, that’s called bigamy, right? (Actually, if you’re a girl and the two things are guys, it’s caled polyandry but hey, let’s not nitpick). Don’t ‘spect ME to come bail yo ass outta jail when they catch you.

  15. Well, you should certainly keep the first attempt on file – because they could be really fun for Halloween or a child’s party. Your second attempt is much prettier. I once had a matcha genoise which was so delicious. Not to sweet and ever so fluffy. I wish I could get my hands on that recipe!

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  18. Leluu: I love teapigs too and am gonna do that Matcha Madness competition with them! Can’t wait to see yours (or Simon’s) matcha ice cream!

    Sasa: for the record I’M not marrying them, I’m marrying them to each other! I’m like the priest! :) … but I know you knew that ;)

    Foodie in Berlin: matcha genoise… excuse my utter cluelessness but I don’t even know what that is! But if you do find the recipe yes please make some it sounds great :D

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  22. I was just thinking I would try and come up with some white chocolate and matcha cupcakes for your challenge and then found out you’ve already made some – oh :(

  23. Doh, I was planning my Matcha madness recipe and this was one of the things I was going to pair with it, rats need to think of something else now!!!

    I want you to do video of you eating cupcake with chopsticks, I reckon it would be a scream.

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  25. Catty these look and sound fabulous! I must get myself some matcha and give them a go – you’re turning me to the green side!

  26. those look sooooooo good!

  27. Sarah: Oh you can still do the same! It really doesn’t matter, we’re just encouraging everyone to try something matcha :) and LOL tip re video noted. Will see if it happens ;)

    Anne: LOL the green side is a good side to be!

    Natassia: thanks honey xx

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  30. Yum *droool* Match made in heaven you said it! :) Only today I have found out about Matcha and already am fantasizing about all the ways in which it can be used! Prominently it’s looking to be all desserts at the moment. I love your matcha recipes! I shall definatly enjoy *drooling* through them, and await the arrival of my matcha tea before work is put into action. Thank you!! :)

    • Thanks for all your comments!! Matcha IS AWESOME – I’m sooooo excited you’re getting into it. Did you see my post on Matcha Madness and links to 38 awesome matcha recipes? CHECK IT OUT! :D

  31. My pleasure. It has been a delight finding your website, and it looks as though we live in the same city too! YEY!! (London that is lol)
    That was the first thing I laid my eyes on after this recipe, the 38 awesome matcha recipes and I delightfully browsed through each one. :) They are great, and thank you for doing this. Your love for matcha is contagious. :)

  32. I’ve made these twice and both times have turned out disastrous
    Not that your recipe is bad; it’s coz I’m trying to be smart and using self raising flour + bicarb soda, hence they turn out concave! Truly uglier than your original green tea cupcake recipe

    Mine may be ugly, but they’re still yumyum!

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