Green Tea Cupcakes For Earth Day

What better way to celebrate Earth Day then with some GREEN dessert??  πŸ™‚  BTW, see the resemblance of the picture to the Earth?  Yes, the colors blue and green!

First off, can I just describe my love for all things green tea?  There’s straight up green tea drink, green tea ice cream, green tea mochi, green tea cheesecake, green tea pocky (yes, they make this) and my newly discovered green tea CUPCAKES!  Do you need me to continue or are you already drooling?  And I’m sure I don’t need to bore you with the long list of health benefits that green tea has… but I will, it lowers your chance for heart disease and certain types of cancers, it has antioxidant properties, and it can be helpful for weight loss management (so Wikipedia says), HOLLA!!

Anyhoo, back to the cupcakes, for this dessert, matcha otherwise known as green tea powder was used.  Matcha is basically finely grained green tea and the traditional Japanese tea ceremonies were based around the preparation and serving of this fine little powda!  You can usually find it as Asian grocery stores, that’s where my husband got ours!  Besides that, the rest of the ingredients are pretty standard, except for maybe cake flour which BTW I had no idea this was different than regular flour, but now we are all in the know!  Cake flour is made of soft wheat flours and has a low protein count and promotes gluten. All-purpose flour is made from a blend of hard and soft wheat flours.  So without further ado, here’s the recipe I used to make these lovely little green tea flavored desserts.  The cupcakes itself were pretty dense with a hint of green tea… but the frosting, let me tell you, was probably the best part… it really added a necessary sweetness and green color to the cupcake so please do not skip out on the frosting!

Wow, just how many times did I say green in this post?  First one to guess it gets a green prize!  No joke, whoever guesses it first in the comment, I’m totally sending you something GREEN! πŸ™‚ And YES, the Green in the title does count, and the rest I made real easy by highlighting in green for you, including the one below this line.  Have fun counting…. oh and baking too if you decide to make these!

Green Tea Cupcakes (taken from Sweetest Kitchen and Martha Stewart)

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and matcha powder; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until the cubes of butter are peanut-sized or a little smaller.
  3. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.
  4. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Matcha Buttercream Frosting (taken from Matcha Source)

  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons half and half or light cream
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    1. Mix matcha in with the light cream to make a paste.
    2. Beat butter briefly, scrape bowl.
    3. Add the sifted powdered sugar and matcha paste. Beat until smooth.

Happy Earth Day everyone!  Make sure to recycle, carpool, turn off lights if you don’t need them on, or plant a tree!  πŸ™‚


  1. April 22, 2010 / 10:05 am

    happy earth day! 22 “greens”? i love green tea too. haven’t tried them in so many varieties as you have though. i’d love to try that green tea cupcake!! green tea pocky?!? where can i find this??

  2. April 22, 2010 / 10:06 am

    Um..I am a HUGE green tea fan. There is an awesome tea shop in DC called Teaism and they make the best matcha green tea powder. I’d love to send you some. And seriously? Green Tea Pocky? Get. Out!!! I’m gonna have to venture off into the asian market for this yumminess. Gotta make this and soon!! I’m crazy just thinking about it.

  3. April 22, 2010 / 10:42 am

    super cute! and I have a feeling that these fall into the lovely no (or much much less) guilt category because matcha powder is full of health benefits. (and who doesn’t love an excuse to eat cupcakes?) πŸ™‚

  4. Sheena
    April 22, 2010 / 11:09 am

    YAY for Green Tea Cupcakes!!!! (22 greens btw) Yet another Sandy A La Mode recipe I can’t wait to try!

  5. April 22, 2010 / 11:36 am

    Yum, these look fabulous! Perfect for Earth Day!


  6. April 22, 2010 / 12:31 pm

    so funny that you posted this today…i just tried a green tea latte yesterday night!! it was sooooo yummy πŸ™‚ so of course now i need to try out these cupcakes. they look delish! and gotta love that green tea is good for you πŸ™‚ my count is 22 greens!

  7. April 22, 2010 / 12:37 pm

    These look absolutely delicious!! I love me some green tea as well, I’ll definitely have to try my hand at these. And this way when I’m popping that third cupcake into my face I won’t feel bad, it’s healthy dang it!

  8. ζ₯ζ₯Lai
    April 22, 2010 / 1:35 pm

    I am a big fan of green tea dessert too! Besides green tea drink, green tea ice cream, green tea mochi, green tea cheesecake, green tea pocky. I also made green tea mooncake before. Your cupcake looks so yummy! Maybe we can try adding green tea powder into heavy whipping cream and make a big green cake!

  9. April 22, 2010 / 1:48 pm

    i LOVE green tea everything, too!!! i seriously can’t wait to try this…thanks, sandy!!! happy earth day! πŸ™‚

  10. diana
    April 22, 2010 / 6:32 pm

    ooh, i’m gonna hafta try this. thanks for the post, sandy!

  11. April 22, 2010 / 7:17 pm

    Yummy! The first time I had green tea sandwich cakes and ice cream was in an awesome restaurant called Todai. They have the best selection of sushi and Japanese dessert!

    Great idea for the post! πŸ˜€ Mouth watering!

  12. April 22, 2010 / 8:19 pm

    Ahhhhh I always love the goodies you post this is definitely going on my to try list I wish I found out earlier I would have so used it for saera’s birthday

  13. April 22, 2010 / 9:27 pm

    Yum that cupcake looks so yummy! I love green tea. I don’t drink it anymore since I cut out caffeine but green tea mochi is awesome!!! Thanks for sharing yet another wonderful thing. πŸ™‚

  14. April 22, 2010 / 11:18 pm

    Happy Earth Day!! Cupcake looks awesome~~!! and delicious!!

  15. April 23, 2010 / 12:01 am

    You had me at green tea pocky. I have to find some! But your cupcakes are marvelous! As always, just a great time visiting you, Sandy! xo – g

  16. April 23, 2010 / 12:07 am

    Wow! So festive and healthy!

    I counted 22 greens, but it looks like I was a little late πŸ™‚

  17. April 23, 2010 / 2:38 am

    22? πŸ™‚ These look delicious! Matcha Buttercream?! Sign me up! xo

  18. April 23, 2010 / 2:47 am

    what a wonderful idea!
    happy earth day,

  19. Erimentha
    April 23, 2010 / 4:20 am


    also, thanks for entering in ‘little known lovelies’, your blog is precious and you are so kind!!!

    eri xxx

  20. April 23, 2010 / 7:15 am

    looks delicious

  21. April 23, 2010 / 10:09 am

    green tea cupcake! drooooollllsss… i’ve bean meaning to try to make one but didn’t know where to get an inexpensive matcha powder :-/

  22. April 23, 2010 / 10:52 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Maybe I’ll pair it with some green tea ice cream…

    Have a delicious weekend, my dear!

  23. April 25, 2010 / 3:27 am

    what peculiar cupcakes!
    they look divine thou!
    ill have to take a bash at cooking them!
    yumm! x x

  24. April 26, 2010 / 7:08 am

    Hi Sandy!! πŸ™‚ What a great post.. Happy belated Earth Day! πŸ™‚ Bummer I missed out on the little ‘green giveaway’… super sweet of you though. I would love to try this recipe out.. looks deliclious. I hope you’re having a fabulous day… and no worries… I’m sure work will breeze on by.. or I’ll be hoping that it does for you! πŸ™‚ Whenever I feel like I’m going to have a long work week, I try to take a step back and think how lucky I am to have my job. πŸ™‚ Put things into perspective.. but 12 hour work days do sound quite intense…

    oooo and I love all those pictures of the flowers you took.. I love all the different actions that you did to the photos.. I can’t choose just one! ha ha. πŸ™‚

    Happy day sweetie. HUGS!

    xx Love & Aloha

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