This recipe is perfect to bring to a party. I was thinking specifically a bridal or baby shower because these mini cakes are super cute, just unique enough, and totally easy to pull together in no time. I love using the mini bundtlette pans from Nordic Ware because they make the green tea cakes feel extra special without adding any extra hassle.
This recipe has traveled with me since culinary school, where my final project group created a green tea cake as the final dessert to our Friday Night Dinner.
I attended The Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, where all cooking and baking was vegan, hence the vegan nature of this recipe. If, however, you prefer to bake with dairy or honey I have suggested swaps below.
If you love matcha, you’ll love this recipe. Happy baking!
Do not forget to sift the dry ingredients together. Not only will this help you achieve a lighter crumb, but it will also help to smooth out any lumps in the batter so you don’t run the risk of over-mixing. This can be done with a fine-mesh strainer. The strainer can also be used to sprinkle with powdered sugar after baking!
I’ve made this cake with whole milk in place of almond milk, and any dairy alternative milk would work (like say Oat milk). Another option is to use buttermilk and omit the apple cider vinegar.
If you prefer to use honey in place of agave, by all means. Replace using the same quantity. Just remember it will no longer be vegan.
If you have a hard time finding chlorophyll powder, try to use a superfood green powder that contains primarily chlorophyll and wheat grass. It’s okay if it has kale powder and other greens, just be sure it’s not flavored with something or you’ll totally alter the final taste.
I’ve noticed that a bake time adjustment of just 5 minutes can turn the green exterior into a brown exterior. It will not change the flavor if that’s what’s necessary to cook the cakes fully. Depending on which I’ve achieved, I will garnish differently. If it’s a nice, bright green cake I will garnish with powdered sugar. If it’s a bit brown, I’ll garnish with my vegan matcha royal icing.
Vegan Matcha Royal Icing.
If you decide to garnish with Matcha Royal Icing, follow a 3:1 (powdered sugar to matcha powder) ratio. Whisk the two together with hot water until a thick, glossy icing is formed. Luckily, royal icing can be easily adjusted and I usually just eyeball the ratio until my preferred taste, texture, and color is achieved. Play around until you get it where you want it.