Matcha (green tea) and chocolate are two of my favourite things. In this post, these ingredients are combined to create a wonderful cake! I made a serious chocolate matcha cake last year and it was very well received by my family and friends.
I love this cake recipe. It’s chocolatey and rich and decadent. The frosting is really interesting and it doesn’t hurt that the green color is really beautiful.
The taste of matcha is really interesting! At first, you might miss it but then comes the aftertaste and you can feel the main star of the recipe. Overall, this cake is a sure winner. What else did you expect me to say? So much goodness all combined in your mouth… Make it for a special occasion and impress your friends and family!
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 2/3 cups sparkling water
1 1/3 cups dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons matcha powder
3 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons whole milk
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place parchment paper in the bottom of three 8 inch round cake pans. Cut the paper so it fits well in the bottom circle of the pan. Spray the pan and parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together.
In a medium saucepan, heat the sparkling water, cocoa powder, and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the white sugar and brown sugar and whisk until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until just beaten, then whisk them into the cooled cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold the flour mixture into the cocoa mixture until combined.
Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few cooked crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes.
Take the cake out from the oven and leave it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn over onto a wire rack and tap the bottom of the pan a few times until it releases. Cool cakes completely before assembling and frosting.
To make the frosting
In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and matcha powder together.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth and then add the powdered and matcha powder, in a few batches, to the butter. Pour in a teaspoon of milk and beat until smooth. You may need to add an additional teaspoon of milk to get the right consistency.
To assemble the cake
Place the first layer on a plate or cake stand. Add a few spoonfuls of frosting and spread as evenly as possible. Top with the second layer and repeat the frosting process. Add a few generous spoonfuls of frosting to the very top and smooth it out.
Top with the third layer cake and frost the sides of the cake with the frosting.
Slice and enjoy!