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Matcha (Green Tea) Pound Cake

Green Tea Pound Cake – buttery, rich, and scented with the amazing aroma of green tea |

Matcha (Green Tea) Pound Cake

Green Tea Pound Cake – buttery, rich, and scented with the amazing aroma of green tea |

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100g or 1 stick butter
100g (3/4 cups) Powdered Sugar (Icing Sugar)
2 Eggs – beaten
90g (2/3 cups) Cake Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 Tbsp Matcha/Green Tea powder
30g (1/4 cup) White Chocolate (melted and keep lukewarm)
50g (1/4 cup) Cooked Azuki beans (dust with ½ tsp flour)

Preheat oven to 170C (325F).

Greased and lined 1 loaf pan (7x3x3-inch) with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combined cake flour, baking powder and matcha powder, sieved together and set aside.

Cream butter with half portion of sugar till light and pale, then add in the remaining sugar and mix well.

Drizzle in beaten egg a little at a time and beat till fluffy.

Fold in the sieved flour in batches till incorporated, then in goes the warm melted white chocolate and azuki beans (keep 1/4 portion of beans for later use), and gently fold in till combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with spatula, sprinkle the remaining azuki beans over the top.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Matcha Azuki Pound Cake
Matcha Azuki Pound Cake pictures (2 of 3)

I have always loved matcha, or Japanese version of green tea in powdered form. I love the subtle nuance of matcha, the gorgeous jade color powder, smooth as talcum, and the wonderful aroma and flavor matcha imparts to cakes, desserts, cold iced drinks, matcha ice cream, and matcha cookies, etc. It’s simply a wonderful ingredient I never run out of in my kitchen pantry.

Today, I am sharing with you my contributor CP Choong’s Matcha (Green Tea) Pound Cake recipe, speckled with some red beans, or azuki beans in Japanese. There is nothing not to love about this matcha pound cake: buttery, sweet, and rich, and the addition of matcha and red beans kick it up a few notches in its taste and presentation. The simple pound cake transforms into something more complex with the eye-catching jade green color with the faint aroma and subtle flavor of the matcha powder. What’s more, every bite, there is a surprise that comes in the form of the sweet red beans. This matcha pound cake is absolutely pleasing and delightful.

If you are not partial to the azuki red beans, you can feel free to opt it out. I hope you try out this matcha pound cake recipe. Happy baking!

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30 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Tuty

    Hi Bee, are the beans sweetened? Can we use the sweetened red beans (in can)? The combination of matcha and azuki are certainly interesting. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. Ooooh…this is just heavenly! I am a big fan of matcha too, and combine it with red azuki beans, and I am hooked!:-) Just love them both in drinks, and your pound cake looks and sounds divine! ^_^
    Happy New Year 2014 to you and may you enjoy a fantastic year with awesome returns!:-D

  3. susan tran

    i tried making this, did not turn out well, I ended up with what looked like biscotti.the green tea was also very expensive. I may try it agin but will be making some changes.

  4. May

    May I ask:

    1) what’s the difference between creaming butter with icing sugar and with caster sugar?

    2) Can I replace the icing sugar with caster sugar here?

    3) if I was to replace the chocolate with milk, how much milk do I use?

    Thank you!

  5. Vicky

    I tried this recipe and I really liked it, although my cake came out a bit dry! Any advice on how to make it more moist? Do you think adding dairy (like sour cream or buttermilk) would work?

  6. Rosslyn

    Okay, so I accidentally interpreted the adzuki beans in the picture as chocolate chips (I recall having this problem in Japan as well). By the time I realised my error I had a bag of chocolate chips and no beans. So I chucked the chips in anyway! This worked really well, so I can recommend this to anyone else who wants to try it.

    • Hi Rossalyn,

      I shared the same taste as you. I just made some green tea pancake with chocolate chips this morning. It taste so good that I finished the first piece of pancake that I made while I am still in the midst of making my pancake.

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