I received a free sample of Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha in exchange for writing a review. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely and entirely my own.
Matcha, green tea: what is the difference?
Green tea is made from the leaves from Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Matcha, also known as maccha, refers to finely milled or fine powder green tea. IIt’s said to have more health benefits than traditional steeped green tea due to how it’s cultivated and processed. It also has more caffeine.
My experience has been mostly limited to green tea. Either via tea bags or green tea capsules. The antioxidants in green tea prove to be beneficial health wise and the little energy jolt is great for a late afternoon pick me up or to last a little longer when working out. I’ve been curious about using matcha in baked goods for a long time. Until now, I’ve only used it once for baking. After trying Midori Springs Organic Ceremonial Matcha, I’m sure more recipes will follow.
The color of this matcha is so pretty that right away I knew I wanted to use it in Buttercream frosting. I also knew that I would frost cupcakes with it. I’ve done my share of baking in the last couple of weeks and happened to have some yellow cake batter in the fridge that I wanted to use. The cupcakes and the matcha Buttercream frosting were a perfect combo.
It doesn’t taste like green tea from a bag. With this Buttercream, there is a very pleasant and distinct flavor that I imagine will work great with multiple flavors. Along with the taste and hue, I was impressed with how easily the matcha powdered blended with the rest of the ingredients. As much as I love dessert, I will definitely try this matcha in a hot drink and maybe even an adult beverage. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Matcha Buttercream Frosting
½ cup of butter, softened
½ cup of shortening
½ cup instant white chocolate pudding, prepared
2 TBS Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha
4 cups of powdered sugar
Combine butter, shortening, pudding and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat on high speed with an electric mixture until thoroughly combined. Reduce speed to low and add Midori Spring Matcha and powdered sugar slowly and mix until very smooth. This Buttercream works well as a frosting for cupcakes, a layer cake, or even as a filling for sandwich cookies. Makes 4 cups.
There are several options for frosting your cupcakes.
1. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large star tube and pipe frosting on top.
2. Fill a zippered plastic bag with frosting and snip off a small section from the corner of the bag and pipe frosting on top as desired.
3. Use and angled spatula, butter knife or back of a spoon to spread frosting on top.
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