July 07, 2010

For my matcha cravings: Green tea chiffon cake

I LOVE LOVE LOVE matcha (Japanese green tea), and I just don't seem to get enough of it. I have had major cravings for the stuff lately so you can well imagine how excited I was when my matcha soul sister, the lovely Miss Catty announced a Matcha Madness Month! My eyes lit up as I started imaging all the delicious creations one could make using this green gold.

This light and easy chiffon cake is made even healthier by adding matcha in it. Therefore I felt no guilt shoving down half the cake on one sitting.

Green Tea Chiffon Cake
(recipe by Yasuko Fukuoka in Fresh Japanese)

3 eggs, separated + 1 egg white
5 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
80g plain flour, sifted
1 tbsp matcha
crème fraîche, to serve

Put the egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl and whisk to make a smooth cream. Gradually whisk in the oil and 2 tablespoons of water. Add the flour and matcha and mix well.

Put the egg whites in a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Add the remaining sugar in 2 batches and whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy. Carefully fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture in 3 batches.

Pour the mixture into a greased ring tin (18cm across), and bake in 180C for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 160C and continue to bake until a skewer comes out dry (about 15 minutes). Leave to cool.

Serve with crème fraîche.


  1. Woohoo! Gorgeous cake Maria, and I love the fluffiness of chiffon :) awesome entry into Matcha Madness!

  2. by the way is this photo taken with new lense? VERY NICE!!!

  3. It truly is healthy when you consider it's only 1.5 eggs and a bit of sugar and flour! I love this flavour in chiffon cakes, a match made in heaven.

  4. that looks awesome maria! mmm yummy matcha!

  5. I heart matcha chiffon cake! So light!

  6. Oooh look at that light airiness! Well done Maria! :D

  7. Yummo! I'm not a fan of drinking green tea but I love it in desserts, go figure!

  8. Mmm havn't had chiffon cake in yonks! And matcha chiffon... mmm sounds interesting!

  9. hello! i tried the recipe and it turned out okay! but i think something went wrong in the middle the egg yolk mix after addition of the flour and matcha powder became super dry and almost became a dough. :/ i pushed on and added the egg whites. it turned out not bad still, just slightly heavier than yours (i think). mine turned out really spongy~ but otherwise it was rather good. thanks for the recipe! :)

  10. I had green tea creme brulee at a Japanese restaurant last year. It was AMAZING! You have to make some. I can scout around for a recipe if you need one.

  11. Can you clarify the recipe for me? so is it 3 egg yolks and 4 egg whites?

  12. Calvin, yes! That's correct, one extra egg white goes in :-)


  13. Thanks for the quick reply! Will let you know how it goes!

  14. Looks delicious! And the ingredients aren't too fatty or sugary either!


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