Matcha green tea has a bunch of awesome health benefits. It has antioxidant qualities, can help with detox, boost concentration and give you a natural energy boost without the usual side effects like hypertension and nervousness of other stimulants. I also really just like the flavor! I have wanted to make a cupcake recipe for ages now, but could never decide what flavor to go for…. so I figured why not matcha flavored!

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes [Vegan]

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Serves

10 large cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 cup soy milk, or non dairy milk of choice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup vegan margarine
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
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Preparation

  1. Pre heat oven to 350° F
  2. In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and soda, salt, sugar and green tea powder.
  3. In a seperate smaller bowl mix the soy milk and apple cider vinegar and let sit for a minute or two for the milk to curdle
  4. Add the oil and vanilla to the milk, then mix into the large bowl of dry ingredients. Stir the batter until just combined
  5. Line a cupcake tray with cupcake cases and fill with batter 3/4 of a way up. I used extra large cupcake cases and got 10 out of this recipe
  6. Place in oven and bake for 16-18 minutes, until golden. Poke one with a bamboo stick, if it comes out clean they are ready
  7. Cool completely before icing
For the frosting:
  1. Place butter in a large bowl and cream with an electric whisk, or tough it out and beat it by hand if you don’t have the electrics like me
  2. Add the icing sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating and combining before adding the next batch, until you have lovely thick creamy frosting. Now mix in the vanilla and Match green tea powder until well combined.
  3. Decorate cupcakes as desired once they are fully cooled
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