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Green Tea Matcha Cupcake Recipe with Matcha Frosting

A Matcha cupcake recipe was on our list during our last big baking day. On our quest to make several Matcha recipes, I think we were most excited about the cupcakes. We used this vanilla cupcake recipe as our inspiration.

Green Tea Matcha Cupcake Recipe with Matcha Frosting

Green Tea Matcha Cupcake Recipe

Shelley brought real vanilla beans for a few of our recipes. This was my first time seeing how to remove the seeds from a vanilla bean. I must say, it’s pretty awesome.

Not only is it weirdly satisfying to watch the beans get scraped out of their shell, but it fills the room with the most fabulous vanilla scent.

Vanilla bean - scraping the beans out of the fresh vanilla bean
Fresh vanilla bean and sugar mixture
Matcha Cupcake Recipe with Matcha Frosting

We envisioned a magnificent green colored cupcake that would be perfect for whenever one feels as though a green cupcake is appropriate. Well, one thing we didn’t think about was using eggs from my Gram’s house.

You see, my Gram has pet chickens who produce eggs. These are the freshest eggs possible and come from the happiest, healthiest chickens on the planet. They have deep orange yokes instead of the pale yellow you get from the grocery store.

This is awesome, yes, but it also altered the color of our cupcakes! For a true green cupcake, you might consider using just egg whites.

Farm fresh eggs have a deep orange yolk

We also went a tad overboard by adding Matcha frosting to the cupcakes. I think it was just a little too much Matcha flavor. The Matcha frosting is crazy delicious. We ended up dipping pretzels in the rest of the frosting, but it was a little much on the cupcakes.

I think regular cream cheese frosting would be better. The Matcha frosting would be excellent on vanilla cupcakes or maybe even chocolate.

Enjoy these cupcakes with a creamy Matcha Latte for the ultimate afternoon treat!

Matcha cupcake batter
Green Tea Cupcake Recipe with Matcha Frosting

It is imperative that you use fresh baking powder or these cupcakes will not rise nicely. The same goes for the baking soda. When baking, always be sure to have fresh ingredients. It is science!

Green Tea Matcha Cupcake with Matcha Frosting
Green Tea Matcha Cupcake Recipe

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Matcha green tea powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Scrape the vanilla bean to get the seeds out and add to a small bowl.
  3. Add sugar to the vanilla bean seeds and stir. Press the back of a spoon against the beans to break them up a bit.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and Matcha powder
  5. Add the sugar and vanilla bean mixture and combine well.
  6. Add in the rest of the ingredients in the order they are listed above. Mix on medium speed.
  7. Line a cupcake tin with foil liners.
  8. Fill cupcake liners a little over 1/2 full.
  9. Bake for 14 minutes and test with a toothpick.
  10. Once the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cupcakes from the tin. Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack or your counter.
Green Tea Matcha Cupcake with a bite taken out

Please keep in mind that Matcha green tea powder contains caffeine. Consider this when serving the cupcakes to children or anyone sensitive to caffeine.

Do you like Matcha green tea flavor? Do you think you would like this Matcha cupcake recipe?

Lesley F

Tuesday 6th of December 2016

I love most things with green tea in it and these sound amazing


Monday 5th of December 2016

I have been wanting to try Matcha cupcakes. I love Matcha tea and have heard it works really well as a flavor in desserts.

Jo-Ann Brightman

Tuesday 8th of November 2016

These cupcakes sound very interesting, and I would ant to try them. I have never made matcha frosting or cupcakes.

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