When it comes to satisfying a sweet tooth craving, reinventing classic baking recipes with subtle twists is often a good approach. Though we've learned from experience, experimenting while baking can either lead to a disastrous outcome or a delicious stroke of genius. Fortunately, when it comes to chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, incorporating matcha is a guaranteed way to achieve an exceptional result.
We’ve made the quintessential chocolate cupcake that will far surpass your tastebud's expectations by topping it off with some matcha buttercream. So keep on reading to learn how to easily make these moist and delicious chocolate cupcakes with matcha frosting at home!
The ultimate matcha chocolate combination
It’s a well-known fact in the matchaverse that matcha green tea can elevate almost any flavor or ingredient, but a fan favorite would have to be pairing matcha with chocolate. These two flavors undoubtedly just go so well together — and adding buttercream to the mix just brings your tastebuds to a whole new level of satisfying deliciousness.
Why should I use matcha powder in baking recipes?
Matcha—on its own—is a powerhouse form of green tea. It’s loaded with antioxidants and can even give you a jitter-free caffeine fix to help you get through the day. It’s everything you could want in a healthy tea green powder and more!
On top of its amazing nutritional value, its strong and rich, earthy umami flavor makes for a dynamic ingredient that is so easy to consume and use in a variety of recipes.
Easy matcha frosting pairs with an easy chocolate cupcake
Our matcha buttercream is a recipe that you can pair or add to so many other classic recipes. In this case, we’re pairing it with a simple and moist chocolate cupcake recipe.
As opposed to all our other matcha chocolate recipes, this one differs in the way that the two flavors (matcha and chocolate) are created individually instead of infused or blended together in the mixture. So when you take a bite out of the matcha chocolate cupcake, the flavors are distinct yet harmonious.
Now, let’s get to baking so you can get to eating!
Chocolate Cupcake with Matcha Frosting Recipe
Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients:
- 1⅛ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup neutral oil or melted unsalted butter
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup hot water
How to make the chocolate cupcakes:
- Sift and combine all of the dry ingredients in one bowl.
- In a separate bowl, add the egg, oil, milk, and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
- Add in the dry ingredients and mix them together.
- Pour in the hot water and mix until the batter is smooth.
- Pour in a lined cupcake tray and bake for 18-20 minutes at 350°F.
Matcha buttercream frosting ingredients:
- 115 g unsalted butter, room temperature
- 200 g powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp Matcha.com green tea powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
How to make the matcha buttercream:
Cream the butter for 3 minutes on low speed.
Add in vanilla, and then beat on low speed for another minute.
Add in sifted powdered sugar and fold with a rubber spatula halfway.
Sift in matcha powder, and again, fold until the mixture is smooth and well-combined.
Transfer the buttercream into a piping bag.
Pipe the frosting and decorate with white chocolate chips and melted dark chocolate for the eyes!
More matcha.com recommendations
In all of our matcha recipes, we always recommend using high-quality Japanese matcha green tea. This way, you get the full flavor and depth of the matcha green tea powder.
Additionally, when it comes to matcha baking recipes, we can be more specific in saying that we prefer using culinary-grade matcha powder so the matcha flavor will be more apparent and bold. It’s a better option over other grades of matcha in order to get the brightness of the green and the full flavor of the matcha.
Now that we know matcha and chocolate pair well together, why don’t you check out all our other matcha chocolate recipes for you to try at home:
- Hot Chocolate Matcha Latte Recipe
- Matcha Chocolate-covered Strawberries Recipe
- Chocolate Chip Matcha Bread Recipe
- Protein-packed Chocolate Matcha Smoothie
- Vegan Mint Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
- Vegan Chocolate Matcha Almond Butter Ice Cream Recipe