1 March 2010

The Cook Book Challenge - Week 14 : Japanese

Week 14 : Japanese
Recipe : Matcha Chiffon Cake
Cook Book :  New Tastes in Green Tea by Matsuko Tokunaga

I know technically a chiffon cake is not traditionally Japenese but I saw this week's theme and I thought of Matcha green tea. Matcha is a Japanese green tea which is traditionally used in Tea Ceremonies but is now more commonly used as a flavouring ingredient in sweets.

I bought this book last year because of the different ice tea flavour ideas and for the different ways tea can be used as an ingredient.  I've had my eye on the Green tea chiffon cake for a while.  Today was the perfect time to bake it.  I have never used tea as an ingredient before and I was looking forward to baking this.  Unfortunately, as you can see from the photo below, it didn't turn out as green as I hoped for and it didn't rise much.  Contrary to that, though, the green tea flavour was definitely present and the cake turned out to be very airy and soft.  I am still happy with the outcome.

  • 115 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp matcha
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 tbls vegetable oil
  • 1/3 water
  • 4 egg whites
  1. Preheat oven to 170c
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and matcha.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of sugar to the egg yolks and beat until the mixture turns pale in colour. Add the oil and water and mix.
  4. Gradually add the sifted flour to the mixture and lightly mix.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and slowly add remaining sugar. Continue beating until peaks form.
  6. Mix 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter.
  7. Fold the rest of the egg whites in, stirring carefully.
  8. Pour batter into an angel cake tin.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  10. Place the pan upside down and let it cool completely.
  11. Can be served with fresh whipped cream.

Bon Appetite,


/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

Fab! You are doing very well. You have caught up with the rest of us. I need to make matcha ice cream before it gets too cold!

/* */ Rilsta said...

Green tea is definitely Japanese so your recipe is perfect! I have heard chiffon cakes are hard to make so great work!

/* */ Iron Chef Shellie said...

yum! I love green tea, and I love chiffon cake!
looks delicious!

/* */ SilverMoon Dragon said...

What an interesting combination! Sounds great!

/* */ Cherrie Pie said...

Penny, make the matcha ice cream and maybe we can eat the chiffon cake with your ice cream. yummy!

Rilsta, I was a bit disappointed that it didn't rise much. I've made chiffons in the past and had no problems.


Silvermoon Dragon, tnx! I think the tea in the cake gives it another dimension flavour.

/* */ Rizka said...

this is very interesting.. I love matcha. the chiffon cake must tastes beautiful with the matcha

/* */ Trisha said...

Green tea - one of my most favourite teas (the other is English Breakfast!). Green tea ice cream, green tea cake - you name it, I love it!

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