Matcha Layer Cake

20160716_082551Another cake?! Yes! My brother and I both have summer birthdays and when I asked him if he’d like a homemade cake this year, he immediately said “Yes!!!!!” His first choice was a green tea cake with green tea frosting filled with assorted fruits. As you can tell, our family has an affinity for Matcha-flavored cakes apparently. However, I really wanted to make my dear brother a cake he’d enjoy so instead of venturing with other styles, I stuck to a three-layer, simply frosted, no-frills cake.

 

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20160716_082535Instead of making another chiffon-style cake, I opted on a denser, traditional cake base with the addition of premium Matcha powder. For the icing, I went with my new favorite cooked flour frosting recipe. As for the fruit, he had originally wanted an odd variety of berries, mandarin oranges, canned peaches, and other fruit cocktail-like things, but I shot down the canned fruits idea and went for a nice berry assortment of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries–perfect for the summer time. I layered the inside of the three layers with the berries and green tea frosting and covered the whole things in the light luscious icing known as cooked flour frosting.

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The ultimate verdict after cutting into this massive cake? Two thumbs up and a very happy brother! Next time I’ll double the berries and add a smidge less flour since I wanted a moister cake, but all-in-all, I was very happy with how this turned out and the fact that my cake icing technique is getting smoother each turn.

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Copyright october 2016 ©

Matcha Layer Cake

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Delicious Matcha flavored layer cake, perfect for any occasion
>>> Yields 1 3 layered 8-inch cake

Time:
-Prep: 20 min
-Bake: 35 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 C sugar
  • 3 3/4 C AP flour
  • 3 tbsp Matcha powder
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 3/4 C oil
  • 3 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 C boiling water
  • recipe for cooked flour frosting

Instructions:

1) Line and grease the bottom and sides of three 8-inch cake pans.
2) Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking sugar, matcha powder, and salt together in a bowl.
3) In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla extract.
4) Combine the dry and wet ingredients together and stir until no flour pockets remain.
5) Pour in the boiling water to allow for a thin batter to form and mix well.
6) Preheat the oven to 350 F.
7) Evenly divide the batter into the three pans.
8) Bake for 30-35 minutes. Check every few minutes starting from 30 minutes to check if the cake is cooked with a toothpick.
* During this time, make the flour frosting
9) Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes in the pan.
10) Using a knife, loosen the edges of the cake from the pan and let the cake cool completely on a cooling rack.
11) Decorate and layer cake with frosting. Slice and serve.

Happy eats!

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