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Recipe: Green Tea Cupcakes


photo credit: Hummingbird on High

We thought this was so cute and loved that they used Stash Tea so we just had to share!

Note: this recipe adapted by Hummingbird on High is for high-altitude baking at 5,000 ft. To bake at sea level, read the notes in the ingredients list and instructions carefully.

Hummingbird Bakery Green Tea Cupcakes Recipe

For the Chocolate-Green Tea Cake Base:
(makes 10 - 12 cupcakes)

1/2 cup whole milk
3 green tea bags (We recommend Stash Tea Premium Green.)
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (for sea-level, reduce to 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon)
2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
a scant 3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder (for sea-level, increase to 1 1/2 teaspoons)
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Green Tea Buttercream Frosting:
(enough for 12 cupcakes)

2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder (We recommend Stash Tea Matcha.)
2 tablespoons whole milk

To Make the Cupcakes:
Put 1/2 cup milk and 3 green tea bags in a liquid measuring cup, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight if possible.

Preheat the oven to 350 (F); for sea-level, preheat the oven to 325 (F).

Put the 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour*, 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder*, pinch of salt, and 3 tablespoons butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.

Remove the green tea bags from the infused milk and strain into the measuring cup.

Combine the milk with 1 egg and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; whisk the mixture together.

Slowly pour half the milk/egg/vanilla mixture, beating well until all the ingredients are well mixed. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat to make sure there are no lumps.

Turn the mixture down to medium-slow and slowly pour in the remaining milk mixture, scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the batter is smooth.

Spoon the batter into paper cases lined in a muffin tin until each case is two-thirds full. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the cake bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the center of a cupcake should come out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool slightly in the pan before turning out into a wire rack to cool completely. When the cupcakes are cold, spoon Green Tea Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows) on top and decorate accordingly.

To Make the Frosting:
Beat together 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 5 tablespoons butter, and 2 1/2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.

Turn the mixer down to a slower speed, and slowly pour in 2 tablespoons whole milk.

When the milk is completely incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.

Visit Hummingbird on High for Tips & Addendums for this recipe.
Here’s a great idea for your next backyard BBQ…try a twist on the standard Mojito by making it with green tea. This is one of our favorite spring/summer cocktails!


Green Tea Mojito
4 oz (1/2 cup) water
1 Mojito Mint Green Tea with Matcha tea bag
6-8 mint leaves
2.5 oz white rum
2 tsp sugar
Ice
Fresh lime, sliced or lime juice (to taste)Heat up the water to around 175-180 degrees F, below it boils. Brew the tea bag in the hot water for 3-4 minutes. Remove and add sugar. Stir to dissolve. Let chill in the fridge.

Add mint leaves and lime slices (or just the lime juice) to the glass and muddle. Add the rum and tea, stir and then pour the entire drink over a cup filled 3/4 full with ice. Garnish with a lime slice and/or more mint leaves.   High-res

Here’s a great idea for your next backyard BBQ…try a twist on the standard Mojito by making it with green tea. This is one of our favorite spring/summer cocktails!

Green Tea Mojito
4 oz (1/2 cup) water
Mojito Mint Green Tea with Matcha tea bag
6-8 mint leaves
2.5 oz white rum
2 tsp sugar
Ice
Fresh lime, sliced or lime juice (to taste)

Heat up the water to around 175-180 degrees F, below it boils. Brew the tea bag in the hot water for 3-4 minutes. Remove and add sugar. Stir to dissolve. Let chill in the fridge.

Add mint leaves and lime slices (or just the lime juice) to the glass and muddle. Add the rum and tea, stir and then pour the entire drink over a cup filled 3/4 full with ice. Garnish with a lime slice and/or more mint leaves.

Recipe: Blueberry and Green Tea Smoothie


photo credit: LifeIsGood on Food.com

This smoothie recipe adapted from Prevention magazine is a great healthy alternative for breakfast or anytime of day when you want to get in some extra green tea!

We recommend using Stash Premium Green Tea or Stash Premium Green Decaf.

Ingredients
3/4 cup water
2 green tea bags (brew tea the night before and chill to save time in the morning)
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
3 ice cubes
12 ounces non-fat vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons almonds, whole dry-roasted, unsalted (about 20)
2 tablespoons flax seeds, ground

Directions
Heat water to 170-190 degrees Fahrenheit and pour over tea bags. Steep 3 minutes.
Remove tea bags and discard.
Place tea, blueberries, ice, yogurt, almonds, and flaxseed in blender.
Process until smooth.

Makes 2 servings. Drink one smoothie today and refrigerate the other serving for tomorrow.

A Collection of Our Favorite Matcha Recipes


Farfalle Italiane with Matcha Green Tea from Apron and Sneakers
Matcha Pancakes from Une-deux senses

Chewy Matcha Chip Cookies from Une-deux senses
Matcha Green Tea Sea Salt Cookies from CookingTackle

White Chocolate Green Tea Ice Cream by Mary Lou Heiss
Green Tea Cupcakes with Honey Frosting from Baked In

More Recipes:

Matcha Green Tea Macarons from Yummy Workshop
Matcha au Lait Cheesecake from Evan’s Kitchen Ramblings
Matcha Strawberry Shortcake from Foodagraphy by Chelle
Matcha Mochi Cupcakes from Humble Bean
Green Tea Mille-Crêpes from Zen Can Cook
Chocolate Matcha Earl Grey Cake from Use Real Butter
Matcha Pasta: Step-by-Step from Gourmantine’s Blog
Matcha and Vanilla Mini Doughnuts from Bread et Butter
Matcha Tiramisu from Almost Bourdain

Recipe: Matcha Green Tea & Oats



Do you flavor your morning oatmeal with tea? Leave us a comment and tell us what flavors you use. We’re always looking for new ideas!

If you’re a Matcha fan, here’s a great recipe from Pig Pig’s Corner to try.

Matcha Green Tea & Oats
4 tbs Porridge Oats
1 cup Semi-Skimmed Milk
1 tsp (or more) Matcha
Agave Nectar or any other sweetener
Crunchy Granola (optional)

Directions:
1. Heat oats and milk in a pot, cook until the consistency you desire.
2. Stir in Matcha.
3. Add sweetener to taste.
4. Enjoy with some crunchy granola.