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Matcha Green Tea and White Cupcakes

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A week ago, I discovered how easy 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.

one Matcha Green Tea and White Cupcake on a white plate

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 denser 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.

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Matcha Green Tea and White Cupcakes

Servings: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
I think its always good to have a box cake mix on hand for quick baking projects, but instead of just baking plain cupcakes I like to dress them up a little. Matcha green tea powder is a great ingredient to doctor up those plain cupcakes.


  • 1 box white cake mix batter prepared according to package directions
  • 3 tbsp matcha green tea powder


  • Preheat the oven to the recommended temperature on the cake mix package.
  • Divide the cake mix batter evenly between two medium-sized bowls. Prepare a muffin tin with baking spray.
  • Add the matcha powder to one of the bowls of batter and stir to combine.
  • Spoon a generous tablespoon or so of the white batter into each muffin slot. Top the white batter with the matcha batter, filling the slot up to 2/3 full. Bake the cupcakes for the time recommended on the cake mix.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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4 comments on “Matcha Green Tea and White Cupcakes”

  1. This looks perfect with an afternoon coffee..

  2. peachkins- good suggestion!

  3. thanks for this recipe! I tried making these and filled them with some lemon curd! They were delicious!

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