Recipe: Matcha Cupcakes

Matcha Cupcakes

Matcha is tea that is ground up into a fine powder and consumed directly unlike regular tea which is steeped and then the leaves removed. But aside from being a great drink, new flavored matchas are available that have more uses than just beverages!

Make a tasty alternative to the typical cupcake using Matcha instead, with many different flavors to choose from.

Cake ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp matcha (we used vanilla matcha in this example)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Buttercream ingredients

  • 6 ounces unsalted butters, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp matcha (we used vanilla)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with 18 cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, sift and mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Whisk together milk and oil, add to dry ingredients, then beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
  4. Add the matcha powder, vanilla extract, and eggs, and beat again for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour batter into pans about 3/4 of the way.
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes, test with a knife when done.
  7. While cupcakes are cooling, make your buttercream frosting


  1. Using an electric mixer, mix the confectioner's sugar, adding 1/3rd of it at a time. Mix well between each addition.
  2. Add milk and matcha powder and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add frosting to cupcakes after after cakes are completely cooled.
  4. Enjoy!