Fragrant Green Tea Cake

    55 minutes

    The green tea powder used in this cake gives it a delicate green hue and a refreshing fragrance. It's a light and moist cake that is not too sweet.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
    • 1 cup (125g) cake flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 teaspoons powdered green tea
    • 1 1/4 cups (280g) white sugar
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 cup plain yoghurt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 1 1/4 cups (220g) icing sugar
    • 2 teaspoons powdered green tea
    • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 90g cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons milk

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour 2 23cm round pans. Sift together the plain flour, cake flour, bicarb soda, salt and green tea powder; set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil and eggs until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the yoghurt, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes before turning out of the pans.
    4. To make Green Tea icing: Sift together icing sugar and green tea powder. In a medium bowl combine tea mixture with butter, cream cheese, vanilla and milk. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
    5. To assemble the cakes: when the cakes are completely cooled put one layer on a flat serving plate. Spread a thin layer of icing over it. Place the other layer of cake on top and spread icing to cover the top and sides of cake. Dust with green tea powder if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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    This recipe rocks. Tips for those who're having a hard time finding green tea powder: you can find those teabag versions easily at your local market, cut and empty those into a blender, and voila you got yourself green tea powder.  -  24 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made this for a party for the first time yesterday and it was a hit. I didn't have green tea powder so I took the advice of another user and bought Stash Green Chai tea bags, opened each bag, poured the loose tea into a coffee grinder and ground to a fine powder. The results were wonderful and everyone at the party commented on how great the taste tea with a hint of spice and not too sweet. I had to double the frosting, however. I made these into cupcakes so I reduced the baking time to 15 minutes and they came out perfect. I will definitely make these again!  -  12 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I used this as a cupcake recipe (due to the lack of cake pans) and it turned out very well. The cakes were moist and the icing complimented them nicely. Things to watch out for: It is recommended to use matcha/green tea powder and NOT the milk tea because the color and the flavour will not be as distinct. Also be careful as to the amount of powder you add to the icing. I judged it by eye to keep it a light (minty) green colour because if you add to much it'll end up looking like a Ninja Turtle . . .  -  27 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)