Black Sesame Cupcakes w/Green Tea Frosting

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I held my first macaron tutorial last week! It was a success :) We made black sesame macarons and this time I tried a matcha green tea cream cheese frosting instead of my usual vanilla one. I'm a little afraid of too much green tea flavor, since it can turn bitter fairly quickly, so I added the powder with caution.





It turned into a pretty, naturally green frosting, and I had plenty left over. My solution? Black sesame cupcakes!

Joe rather enjoyed these, and I was surprised that I liked them too! I added a little extra black coloring to the batter to make it not such an ugly gray. The taste of black sesame as well as the matcha come through nicely.


Recipe:
Makes 6
Adapted from here

40 grams butter - room temp
40 grams granulated sugar
20 grams black sesame powder
15 grams honey
1 egg
3 tbs milk
100 grams cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
black sesame seeds to garnish

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Beat the butter with the sugar till it's fluffy and add in all the other ingredients. Try not to over beat and stop when it's all incorporated.
Bake for 15-17 minutes or till a toothpick comes out with crumbs or clean.
Let cool before frosting

Matcha Frosting

1 8oz packet of cream cheese
2/3 brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla ext
2 tbs green tea matcha powder (add more according to preference)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream.

Beat the heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks in a bowl. In another bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and beat until fluffy. Then fold the whipping cream into the mixture.

3 comments:

oxyjin said...

loooved it :)

Lizzy said...

knowing how Yi and I devoured all the black sesame macarons (now there are only pumpkin ones left in our fridge because the black sesame ones were our faves) and loved the matcha, this cupcake looks like it would be equally delicious! glad you could put the leftover frosting to good use ;) I asked my mom to bring me some matcha powder from Asia!

Ikkin-bot said...

I've been looking for a good black sesame cake recipe as I love black sesame. I made this recipe without the frosting and it was really fantastic. It was a big hit at my dinner party! (you can read about how the recipe added to our fun at my blog, if you like. http://ikkin-bot.blogspot.com/2011/05/sunday-cooking-sweet-potato.html)

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