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Green Tea Cupcakes

Updated on October 11, 2014
Green Tea Cupcakes
Green Tea Cupcakes

Green Tea Cupcakes

Last weekend my friends decided to come over for dinner which usually means that I'd be doing the cooking. I actually don't mind at all as I love to cook. Many people find it stressful to plan dinners but I love the entire process. Trying to come up with the right menu is one of my most favorite things to do.

After thinking about all the options, I finally decided on a Pan-Asian theme. My menu would include curry croquettes with marinara sauce, a seafood salad and a salmon dish with teriyaki-corn relish. Halfway through my cooking, I realized that I had forgotten all about dessert. I only had about an hour left before my friends arrived.

I looked through my kitchen for something that I could use to make a quick dessert. I found a box of cake mix hidden near the back of my cupboard and quickly decided that I could make cupcakes for dessert. For the frosting I would use some powdered green tea that I had purchased from a recent trip to Kyoto. I checked my refrigerator for all the necessary ingredients. I was ready to go!

*All photos taken by myself unless otherwise noted.

Recipe Essentials

Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix French Vanilla 15.25 oz Box (pack of 6)
Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix French Vanilla 15.25 oz Box (pack of 6)

This is the cake mix I used in this recipe. Betty Crocker is my preferred choice for cake mixes.

 

Making Cupcakes the Easy Way

Fresnly Baked Cupcakes
Fresnly Baked Cupcakes

I usually prefer to make cupcakes from scratch because frankly, they aren't that difficult to make. However as I mentioned, I had less than an hour before people arrived at my door. I always like to be ready for my guests and I never like them seeing me in a rush and panicking in the kitchen.

Using a cake mix saves a lot of time as there is almost no measuring involved. In this recipe, I've used Betty Crocker's Super Moist French Vanilla cake mix. It calls for 3 eggs, some oil and water. I made the delicious green tea frosting while the cakes were baking in the oven.

It really couldn't be any easier and spending time on the frosting is well worth the effort. I also find that Betty Crocker's cake mix always comes out moist with a good flavor. I especially like using french vanilla because it goes well with other flavors such as green tea.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20

Total Time: 50

Serves: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Cake Mix French Vanilla flavor
  • eggs oil and water called for on the cake box instructions
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
  • candy and sprinkles for decoration (optional)

Cooking Tip

For the best matcha flavor in your frosting, use the highest-quality powdered green tea available. Not only do they taste better, you get more health benefits. You also end up using less due to its more intense flavor.

Tealyra - 2oz (56g) - Japanese Premium Matcha Green Tea Powder - Organic - Izu peninsula, Tokyo - Best Healthy Drink
Tealyra - 2oz (56g) - Japanese Premium Matcha Green Tea Powder - Organic - Izu peninsula, Tokyo - Best Healthy Drink

The finest Japanese teas come from Uji in Kyoto and matcha uses only the best parts of the tea plant. You get a very intense matcha taste as well as the most nutrients and benefits of green tea.

 

Instructions

  1. 1. Make the cupcakes according to the instructions on the box. Allow to cool completely.
  2. 2. To make the frosting, put the softened butter into a large bowl and add the confectioner's sugar 1/3 at a time blending well each time. Add the milk and matcha powder and blend until light and fluffy.
  3. 3. Frost the cooled cupcakes with the green tea frosting. Feel free to add decorations if you like.

The Recipe in Pictures

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Here are the basic ingredients for the cake. You will also need water and oil.Mix the batter well.Pour into cupcake cups about 2/3 of the way. You may also use a muffin pan to bake the cupcakes. I don't have one so I'm using these paper ones.I also used some silicone cupcake cups for the leftover cake batter. I thought I had 12 paper cups but only found four.Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees.Make the frosting. Mix until fluffy and smooth.Frost the cupcakes and decorate with candy if desired.
Here are the basic ingredients for the cake. You will also need water and oil.
Here are the basic ingredients for the cake. You will also need water and oil.
Mix the batter well.
Mix the batter well.
Pour into cupcake cups about 2/3 of the way. You may also use a muffin pan to bake the cupcakes. I don't have one so I'm using these paper ones.
Pour into cupcake cups about 2/3 of the way. You may also use a muffin pan to bake the cupcakes. I don't have one so I'm using these paper ones.
I also used some silicone cupcake cups for the leftover cake batter. I thought I had 12 paper cups but only found four.
I also used some silicone cupcake cups for the leftover cake batter. I thought I had 12 paper cups but only found four.
Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees.
Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees.
Make the frosting. Mix until fluffy and smooth.
Make the frosting. Mix until fluffy and smooth.
Frost the cupcakes and decorate with candy if desired.
Frost the cupcakes and decorate with candy if desired.

What Do You Think?

Cast your vote for Easy Green Tea Cupcakes

Matcha Colored Cupcake Liners

I love the variety of cupcake liners available today. Here in Japan, it's difficult to find them as cupcakes are not very popular here.

However I've found that they can easily be purchased online and the selection is fantastic!

Desserts

Do you consider dessert an important part of a meal?

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Do you like using cake mixes? What do you like to serve for dessert? Are desserts really necessary? Please share your thoughts here. Thanks!

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      mistyriver 3 years ago

      These sound really good and unique!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      May I have one for breakfast? I love how beautifully you decorate them too! Great recipe. Must try.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Do we have to wait for dessert? Seems like these would be a good snack too, or maybe breakfast. They look fantastic!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

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      Spirality 3 years ago

      Great for Saint Patrick's Day!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LornsA178: Nice to see you here.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ideadesigns: Thanks so much for visiting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LornsA178: Thanks so much for visiting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ideadesigns: Yes it is perfect for St Patrick's Day.

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      LornsA178 3 years ago

      Cup cakes looks great, especially with green tea buttercream frosting. Yummy!

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      These cupcakes look really good. In America we could use these for St Patrick's day (or Valentines!). The green tea powder sounds like a healthy boost.

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      TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

      These look great. I love the flavour of green tea.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thank you Vinn.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @MariannesWhims: I hope you try it. :)

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Very original actually. Glad to see a simple idea made cultural on here!

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      I love tea. Have never tried green tea matcha powder. That is a unique idea for frosting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TerriCarr: Oh you haven't seen anything yet! ;)

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Wow! Now I have seen everything! Personally I like green tea as long as it is not steeped too long. Usually it is not too bitter if you don't steep it more than 2 minutes or so. Anyway, I also have a sweet tooth. I like sweets with green tea added cuz I get to feel like I am having a somewhat healthier dessert than otherwise. It may not be true in all cases.... but I think this one works since the matcha powder you used looks pretty authentic. Nice job!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @silla lm: Try green tea with some milk and sugar in it like coffee if you don't like the bitterness.

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      silla lm 3 years ago

      Green tea is sometimes too bitter for me, so I think this is a great way to have it instead! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Tom Maybrier: haha. well said Tom. Thanks for reading.

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      Good friends make you dinner - great friends serve dessert too!

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      tbonestakes 3 years ago

      I personally prefer to make cake products from scratch, but I'm sure using cake mix helps to expedite the process. Although desserts are great to have we need to have them in moderation, perhaps on the weekend and less so during the week. This moderation makes them a special treat when had in this fashion!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SavioC: Thanks so much. I also have a sweet tooth although it's pretty obvious. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SavioC: We're in the same boat SavioC. I have a really bad sweet tooth as you can already tell!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @richardrose: Thank you. They were!

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      Yes desserts are a great way to finish a good meal but we need to be careful here. Since I have a sweet tooth I somehow need something sweet after a meal. It makes everything so complete.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: I would love to send you one over. hehe. Thanks so much!

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      richardrose 3 years ago

      Yum yum, they look so tasty!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      They look so good! If you sending them out, I'll take one too! LOL I love those green zebra cupcake liners! Too cute!

      Good luck on the October Food Club Quest

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lydia Ham: Oh green tea cookies sound really good. I'm going to make those next! Thanks for the idea.

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      Lydia Ham 3 years ago

      These look delectable! Once my mom made green tea cookies! They tasted great. <3

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: If only there was a way I could just send it to you instantly. ;) Hope you're having an awesome day.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I wish I could have one right now!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @PriyabrataSingh: It would certainly make me smile. :) Thanks for reading.

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Yes, I do.I would like to serve sweets for dessert.Yes, it is an essential part of the diet because you can see the happiness in the faces of the people when you serve them with desserts after the meal.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Tarra99: I know what you mean alteredkat. I've been eating dessert after every meal for years but a lot of time that's just simply a cup of sweetened coffee for me.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you for reading my lens. I am proud of my masterpiece. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: It was mighty tasty I tell you. I'm craving one myself again!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Green tea sounds wonderful. How was it? I bet it came out pretty good. You know I love green tea.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I'm saving this recipe. Yum!!!

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      Tarra99 3 years ago

      My kids would love if I did dessert for every meal but we consider it a "treat" otherwise my hips would just keep growing...these look very tasty

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @federico-biuso: Thank you so much federico. I loved your Italy lens with so many yummy recipes.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: You just have to make sure you use a good quality green tea with a strong flavor. I think you'll like it!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DawnRae64: You can say that again!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sybil watson: Thanks so much. Green tea is delicious as a sweet treat.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Thanks so much glitterNMe. Totally appreciate it. :)

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      federico-biuso 3 years ago

      Good recipe, very interesting lens!!!!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      I like the idea but I can't imagine what the flavor is like, even though I drink green tea every day. It's something I'll just have to try.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Yummy!

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      I love everything with green tea, and these cupcakes sound delicious. What a fabulous idea!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great lens and I love the fact that they look so pretty and have a bit of health benefit! :) Congrats on your purple star.