About this recipe:This delicate steamed cake is infused with the flavour of green tea, then decorated with black sesame seeds. Impressive dinner party fare.
200g cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons powdered green tea (matcha)
6 egg yolks
250g caster sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 egg whites
2 teaspoons black sesame seeds, garnish
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:20min › Ready in:35min
Set a bamboo steamer large enough to contain a 23cm (9 in) tin over simmering water. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder and green tea powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the egg yolks, sugar, water and vanilla extract. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until mixture has tripled in volume. Gently fold in the flour mixture just until combined.
Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold whites into the egg yolk mixture. Pour batter into the cake tin.
Place cake tin in steamer. Stretch a clean towel over the cake tin without touching the surface, then cover with steamer lid. Steam cake for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and cut into pieces before serving.
This cake is extremely easy to make and tastes delicious. It wasn't very sweet (which was perfect) nor did the tea overpower the flavour (could have put a bit more).
It flattened a little when I took it out of the steamer but regardless, it had a very nice springy consistency. I would definitely make this again, perhaps swapping matcha for cocoa. - 30 Jul 2013