About this recipe:This is a light and moist cake that is not too sweet and has a refreshing green tea fragrance. The icing uses cream cheese but has enough sweetness to mask the sour taste. The matcha (green tea) powder gives it a delicate green hue too. This cake can also be baked as a in a 23x33cm (9x13 in) tin or as 2 separate round cakes in two 20cm (8 in) round tins. Adjust baking time accordingly.
125g plain flour
150g cake flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons powdered green tea
250g caster sugar
250ml vegetable oil
200g natural yoghurt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Green tea icing
150g icing sugar
2 teaspoons powdered green tea
30g butter, softened
85g cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:40min › Ready in:55min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour 2 - 23cm (9 in) round tins. Sift together the plain flour, cake flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and green tea powder; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil and eggs until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the yoghurt, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared tins.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes before turning out of the tins.
To make Green Tea Icing: Sift together icing sugar and green tea powder. In a medium bowl, combine tea mixture with butter, cream cheese, vanilla and milk. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
To assemble the cakes: when the cakes are completely cooled, put one layer on a flat serving plate. Spread a thin layer of icing over it. Place the other layer of cake on top, and spread icing to cover the top and sides of cake. Dust with green tea powder if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature.
You can add 150g of aduki beans (small red beans), soaked overnight and boiled until tender, by folding them into the cake mixture before it is turned into the tins. Pat the beans dry and allow to cool before use.