Sunday, May 11, 2008

Matcha Buttercream Frosting

In preparation for mothers day, I've been baking up a storm in the kitchen all afternoon. These wonderful spring cupcakes were topped with matcha butter cream frosting. Matcha makes anything and everything taste dainty and elegant.

1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup water
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1¾ sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
3 tablespoons Matcha Powder

1.Combine the sugar, water and vanilla bean seeds or extract in a small saucepan and warm over medium heat just until the sugar dissolves.
2.Continue to cook, without stirring, until the syrup reaches 225◦F. Once it reaches that temperature, remove the syrup from the heat.
3.While the syrup is heating, begin whisking the egg and egg yolk at high speed in the bowl of your mixer using the whisk attachment. Whisk them until they are pale and foamy.
4.When the sugar syrup reaches the correct temperature and you remove it from the heat, reduce the mixer speed to low speed and begin slowly pouring the syrup down the side of the bowl.
5.Raise the speed to medium-high and continue beating until the eggs are thick and satiny and the mixture is cool to the touch
6.While the egg mixture is beating, place the softened butter in a bowl and mash it with a spatula until you have a soft creamy mass.
7.With the mixer on medium speed, begin adding in two-tablespoon chunks. When all the butter has been incorporated, raise the mixer speed to high and beat until the buttercream is thick and shiny.
8.At this point add in the matcha powder and beat for an additional minute or so.
9.Refrigerate the buttercream, stirring it often, until it’s set enough for about 20min. Spread on your cupcakes and eat!


VeggieGirl said...

oooh, such a luscious frosting!! it's always fun to bake for occasions like Mother's Day :0)

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

That looks gorgeous - I love the green colour it becomes :)

Ann said...

I've never tried using matcha...but looking at these, I'm now thinking I've been missing out on something! Lovely. :)

Kevin said...

Matcha buttercream sounds so good!!

Cakespy said...

Matcha Buttercream...oh yum! It sounds like it's going to be a sweet mother's day indeed!!!

glamah16 said...

I just made this buttercream base. Nice to know the addition of Matcha will work. Will try.

That Girl said...

With all these matcha posts lately I can't help thinking of the Brady Bunch "Matcha, Matcha, Matcha!"

Cakelaw said...

These look great Lina - and who wouldn't like their tea and dessert rolled into one?

Elle said...

Those are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Looks great! You added quite a bit more matcha powder than I did in my white chocolate matcha mint buttercream. I skimped a bit on the matcha because I was worried it might turn bitter. I guess I had nothing to worry about.

Sere said...

Beautiful blog.
I'll come back soon!


Capt. Pink said...

Just to tell everyone, tell cakes are absolutely delicious!!

Dr.Gray said...

Looks great. I love that green tea flavor. Does the sweetness of the frosting overpower the matcha? Was thinking about doing something like this but might cut back on the sugar a little.

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