A week ago, I discovered how easily it was to bake with matcha green tea, which I love, by baking a matcha green tea chocolate swirl cake. I wanted to try another matcha green tea flavored recipe this weekend, but I didn't have much time because I had a lot going on this weekend. As I mentioned in my matcha swirl cake post, I found the cake batter to be too dense and wanted to use a more moist one. I haven't yet found a great chocolate cake batter from scratch that I love.
However, I did have a box of white cake mix sitting in my cupboard. With my limited amount of time, I decided to use the white cake mix as my base for experimenting. Originally, I planned on creating another swirl cake, but with white cake. So I made the cake mix as directed on the box. Then I divided it in half. For half the mixture, I added green matcha tea powder. I purposely used white cake mix so that the matcha green tea color would come out in the final results.
Rather than make a whole cake, I decided to do cupcakes instead. After mixing the batters, I discovered that the matcha green tea one was thicker, due to the extra powder. As a result, I wasn't able to swirl the two mixes. If I had used a bundt pan, I probably could have created some sort of swirl effect by alternating spoonfuls of the two batters into the pan. But with my tiny cupcake holders, there wasn't much mixing or swirling to be done. So instead, I layered the bottom with white cake mix and the top with the matcha mix. I wanted to keep some of the white batter because I was afraid that a complete matcha mix might not be sweet enough.
The result came out quite pretty. I worried that the different consistencies of the batter might be a problem, but it wasn't. The matcha part of the cake is a little more dense and slightly less moist than the white cake portion, but still moist enough. Also the matcha batter was sweet enough on its own that next time I can make a complete matcha flavored cupcake, rather than half white and half matcha. Though I would do half white for a swirl effect. The green color of the matcha came out beautifully as well. This is a great quick green matcha flavored recipe to whip up when you don't have a lot of time on your hands.
1 box of white cake mix (along with the eggs and oil required by cake mix box)
3 tablespoons of matcha green tea powder
1. Mix white cake mix following directions on cake mix box
2. Separate the batter into two bowls, diving equally.
3. Mix in 3 tablespoons of the matcha powder into one of the bowls.
4. Put large spoonful of white cake batter into bottom of cupcake holders. Then put a spoonful of the matcha batter on top of the white cake batter, filling the cupcake holders about 2/3 full.
5. Bake as directed by cake mix box.
Yields: approximately 16-18 cupcakes