Matcha Green Tea cake with a white chocolate frosting, topped with strawberries and Pistachio nuts
This traybake sponge cake has a very subtle Green Tea flavour and lovely natural green colour. Well worth the expense of buying good quality Matcha Green Tea powder. There's some great textures too from the crushed Pistachio Nuts, white chocolate frosting and fresh strawberries.Adding more Green Tea powder will enhance the colour and tea flavour. With this recipe, I found 1 tablespoon to be just enough.
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 16 - 18 slices
For the cake
- 200 g butter softened
- 200 g white caster sugar avoid using brown sugar as this may effect the green colour from the matcha tea powder
- 4 medium eggs lightly beaten
- 200 g self raising flour
- 1 tbs Matcha Green Tea Powder
Frosting and topping
- 150 g White chocolate roughly chopped
- 95 g butter
- 4 tbs double cream or whole milk
- grated zest of one large Lemon
- 250 g icing sugar sieved
- 2 tbs fruit preserve this is for an optional glaze
- 800 g fresh strawberries halved
- 30 g Pistachio nuts roughly chopped
Make the cake
Preheat the oven to 180deg conventional or 160deg fan assisted. Grease and line the base of a shallow 29cm x 19 cm oblong tin or similar. At least 2cm/1" deep.
Using an electric hand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs and a little of the flour. This will help prevent too much curdling.
Mix until well combined.Add the remaining flour and the Matcha Green Tea Powder. Mix together until well combined.
Pour the cake mixture evenly into the prepared tin. Bake for 20-25 mins or until baked. Testing the centre of the cake, in different areas, with a skewer until it comes out clean.
Leave in the tin to cool for about 10 mins, before turning out onto a wire wrack to cool completely.
Lemon White Chocolate frosting and topping
Melt the chocolate, butter and cream in heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water.Take the bowl off the heat. Add the Lemon Zest and the icing sugar. Mix until you have a nice smooth spreading consistency. Leave to one side to set a little. Popping it in the fridge helps it to set.
When your cake has cooled completely, spread the white chocolate frosting over your cake. Pouring the frosting into a piping bag with about a half ins/1cm opening, will make this a lot easier.
If using, heat the fruit preserve to soften it a little. Sieve and leave to cool. Decorate the cake with the sliced strawberries, then glaze the strawberries with the fruit preserve.Scatter the whole cake with the pistachio nuts.
- This cake is best served immediately but will keep in the fridge for a day or so. But the strawberries will start to soften and discolour after a few hours.Bring back to room temperature before serving.
Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 11.8% | Vitamin C: 36% | Calcium: 4.4% | Iron: 3.4%