I'm enormously addicted to Japanese matcha (green tea) flavoured desserts. I'm not hugely into desserts (much to my chocoholic mother's astonishment), but matcha really appeals to me. I think it's because it's sort of sweet and bitter at the same time, and tastes chalky and powdery like delicious Pepto-Bismol.
While in Japan, we ate matcha candy, matcha rice balls, matcha cake, LOTS of matcha ice cream, and even matcha pancakes. This crazy bright green powder actually tastes nothing like green tea - but when whipped up into a dessert, it becomes a totally bonkers taste sensation.
These cupcakes are from my new cake-porn book, The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. They were totally moist and yummy - and the frosting on top was a matcha fueled explosion. I took the leftovers into work, and they were a hit! Even with the people who weren't sure about the taste of green tea in a cupcake.
My only complaint about them would be that they might have a bit too much matcha powder in them. Matcha desserts in Japan are usually a more subtle shade of green - and these look a little like Oscar the Grouch green. And at £7 for a tin of matcha powder to make 12 cupcakes, I'm not sure I'll be rushing to make them again any time soon. But I think the dozens of other recipes in the Hummingbird book will keep me plenty occupied until the next time!