Tuesday, April 08, 2008

White Chocolate & Matcha Tea Marbled Cake

Sometimes it seems like I am always horribly late getting on the bus. I see interesting cooking techniques and appealing ingredients fly by me and all my good intentions to use them. Sometimes these ingredients reside right in my own pantry…and still it takes months of mental prodding to get me to try that particular recipe I have been saving (for what I have no idea)…a recipe that I really, with all my heart, do want to make!

Take matcha.

Matcha, that fine green tea powder that everyone has used to make cakes and cookies and ice cream and mousses and all sorts of sweet things. Matcha, which has been done ten times over, up-down-and-sideways, already. Matcha, which I have had lounging in my pantry since my trip to Hong Kong. I know, bad, bad me.

“Better late than never” is too convenient a rationalization for the procrastinating likes of me! I feel like I’ve just discovered bootleg pants when everyone else has moved on to skinny jeans :(

Anyways, enough whining ;) A perfect opportunity did present itself (as it always will when it comes to baked goods) in the form of another afternoon get-together with my bookstore friends (the same bunch I baked these for). I had (still have – good intentions like I said!) a bunch of matcha recipes filed away, but I chose this White Chocolate and Matcha Tea Marbled Cake I found on Bea’s beautiful La Tartine Gourmande for my first matcha venture. Her gorgeous photos and delicious-sounding recipes never fail to enchant me! It helped that Stella of Sweet Temptations made it as well with glowing reviews :)

Matcha Tea and White Chocolate Marbled Cake
this recipe at Bea’s La Tartine Gourmande)
  • 3 large eggs (2 oz each)
  • 180 grams all-purpose flour
  • 80 grams white chocolate (just like Bea, I used Valrhona)
  • 120 grams butter
  • 150 grams fine sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon matcha tea
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

- Melt the butter.
- Place the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and let simmer until the chocolate is melted.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, place the eggs with the sugar and beat until it is white in color, then remove (I used the whisk attachment).
- Sift the flour with the baking powder and add it to the egg/sugar mixture, mixing manually with a whisk. Then add the salt and butter and mix.
- Divide the batter in 2/3 and 1/3. Add the melted chocolate to the 2/3 batter and the matcha tea to the 1/3 batter.
- Preheat your oven at 350F. Grease a rectangular cake pan/loaf pan and add half of the chocolate batter. Continue with the matcha tea batter and finish with the other half of the chocolate batter.
- Take a fork and pass it through the different layers of batter.
- Cook your cake for 50 minutes, or until the blade of a knife comes out dry when inserted in the cake. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before un-molding.

Although I’m not a fan of white chocolate, I did enjoy this cake. The white chocolate’s overwhelmingly sweet (to me) taste dissipated nicely into the tight, buttery crumb. The matcha layer was flavored just right, not too strong but with the tea’s distinct earthiness coming through. I didn’t swirl the layers enough however, so the matcha layer just sat there stodgily instead of developing into cool retro waves. That didn’t affect the taste though and I’m happy to report that my bookstore friends went back for second servings! :)

Talk about serendipity: Just as I was thinking of finally using my matcha, Kelli of Lovescool, and of those famous matcha tea cookies (and whose recipe is also part of my matcha files), posted a round up of the many bloggers who have made these popular sweets! Yay! :)

More serendipity! Amrita of La Petite Boulangette is hosting this round of Sugar High Friday and her theme is Asian Sweet Invasion -- encouraging all participants to put an Asian twist or use an Asian ingredient in a classic dessert recipe. So this will be my entry...hooray! I suppose, at the end of it all, this cake's timing couldn't have been more perfect! ;)


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That cake looks delicious and extremely tempting! A great association of ingredients/flavors!



Manggy said...

That looks nice Joey! So we file this under "Baking Success"! Ah, don't mind that you didn't marble enough-- just call it a "white chocolate surprise cake." :) The most important thing is your friends loved it, which is always a wonderful feeling :)

Ay, don't give in to the skinny jeans fad. It's not flattering on anyone!!

Katrina said...

So it turns out you made this just in time! :-)

Although it's dark chocolate that I lust for, I do enjoy white choc. too, especially in certain combos, like with macadamia nuts and oatmeal. Now, white chocolate and green tea -- I can imagine how deliciously they'd go together!

Don't worry, you're not the worst procrastinator; that dubious honor belongs to me. Over a year since I resigned and what have I done with it?! :-/

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

Joey, thanks for reminding me that I've still got a huge packet of Matcha sleeping in my pantry!

And thanks for mentioning me, I'm so touched!:)
Your cake looks gorgeous, as usual, and I'd have loved to have a slice!

Pille said...

A beautiful loaf! I find white chocolate overly sweet, too, so I wonder if the recipe would work with slightly less chocolate..

oggi said...

I'm also not a fan of white chocolate but it sure sounds good with matcha and your cake looks yummy.
I'll add the cake in my growing matcha recipe list.:)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Rosa! Thanks :) I can't take credit for the combination of flavors as many have paved the way for me and matcha!

Hi Manggy! Haha! I'll try being more artistic with the marbling though next time...still want that look! Don't worry...I'm not about to give in to skinny jeans. It is flattering on some people...I'm just not one of those people!

Hi Katrina! I'm a dark chocolate fan too :) The white chocolate taste isn't too pronounced (i.e. overwhelming) though in this cake making it perfect for people like us, and with tea's slightly bitter edge it's perfect :) What have you done in a year??? A lot!!! I'm sure I don't have to draw up a list ;)

Hi Stella! I still have some as well so they should be a part two (hopefully!) :) Kelli's cookies that you made look so good too!

Hi Pille! The white chocolate sweetness isn't overpowering at all in the recipe, but I'm sure you could reduce it (or the sugar) a little. Also, Bea has a similar recipe using regular chocolate :)

Hi Oggi! Oooh! Let's exchange matcha files! :) The white chocolate isn't too assertive here...believe me, because I'm not a fan either :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Wow, that is a wonderful loaf, Joey!
I have never tried matcha (if that's any consolation...) and now I'm even more curious!

Marvin said...

I too have been meaning to get on this matcha bandwagon, but am probably a worse procrastinator than you, joey;) The cake looks delicious.

Veron said...

I adore the taste of Matcha. There is nothing quite like it. I was thinking of doing something matha-ey this weekend!

Meeta said...

oh yeah - i have been experimenting with matcha too. I like the sound of this cake. simple but full of flavor.

Bea said...

Oh nice Joey,

Many thanks for trying, and your nice words, and I am obviously thrilled you enjoyed it!

christine said...

You are no worse a procrastinator than I am! :) This looks great, Jo. I've beem meanting to make Mae's matcha cookies for so long now, but like you, the recipe is stored with good intentions. :)

LyB said...

If it makes you feel any better, I've yet to see Matcha Tea anywhere near here, let alone bake a beautiful cake with it! I know what you mean about procrastinating though, I have a pile of recipes I need to sort and they're staring at me almost menacingly! :)

Kevin said...

That looks really good. Matcha and white chocolate is one of my favorite combos. Combining them in a cake sounds perfect.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Pat! :) If you’ve got a Japanese store in your city you can check if they have it there…I like green tea to begin with and I love the taste it imparts in sweets!

Hi Marvin! Can’t wait to see what you come up with…I’m sure it’ll be both creative and delicious!

Hi Veron! I agree :) If you have any recipes to share I’m all ears! :)

Hi Meeta! Would love to see the fruits of your experiments :)

Hi Bea! Thanks for sharing your recipe and being an inspiration :)

Hey Nens! Check out the link at the bottom of this posts to Kelli’s (the original recipe is from her blog) round up – she put together links to all those people who made these cookies!

Hi Lyb! It was difficult for me to find too! The one I have is from Hong Kong…although since then I have found some here :) My recipe pile is going to go on strike soon…hehehe :)

Hi Kevin! I agree :) Even if I don’t particularly care for white chocolate as is I must say it’s a good match (no pun intended)! :)

Amrita said...

joey, you are welcomed to submit this as an entry! No worries!

Just edit your post and say that you are submitting this for SHF blah blah......and also include a link to my SHF post so that others can join too! :oD

You have a lovely blog!

Jen Tan said...

Hey Joey!!! Your white choco-matcha cake looks delish!!!! I have never tasted matcha cake...you think this recipe will work with dark chocolate? hmmmm dark choco-matcha cake? I am no fan of white chocolate too...and not a fan of skinny jeans either ;P hahaha

Midge said...

That cake looks lovely, Joey. I never thought of pairing white chocolate with matcha, but seeing your cake has made me want to try it out!

Aran said...

First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. Secondly, I'm glad you took the time to make the cake. It is lovely. Simple but I can imagine how good it must taste. Beautiful photos too!

Dhanggit said...

such a lovely amalgam of flavors!! white chocolate and matcha!! i did tried it one time making opera it was delicious! i bet this cake tastes heaven too :-)

Gretchen Noelle said...

Very fun cake! I love the white and green together!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Amrita! It was such a great coincidence when I saw your SHF announcement! This is a fantastic theme you’ve chosen :) I have added the link and emailed you all the details!

Hi Jen! I’m sure it will, and milk chocolate too…in any case, you can check out La Tartine Gourmande because aside from this white chocolate version Bea also has a version with dark chocolate :) I’m sure you will look better in skinny jeans than moi!

Hi Midge! You should! And there are tons more matcha recipes and variations out there…let me know if you want more recipes :)

Hi Aran! Thank you! Your matcha opera cake is gorgeous! :)

Hi Dhanggit! I wonder when I will get up the nerve to ever attempt an opera…

Hi Gretchen Noelle! Thanks! I like the colors too :)

Dee said...

Hi, your cake looks great! Been hearing about macha, havent tried it though, will HAVE to soon!

On another note, I was wondering if you already know there's brussel sprouts in S&R? Its a Dole brand, only P40! I just bought it last night and will try roasting it tonight! :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Matcha is so hot right now, isn't it? I love the idea of the marble cake, Joey--it's so appealing.

Allen said...

I've been looking for ideas on what to do with my matcha -- this looks like a wonderful idea!

P said...

hi, jo! sharing a blog that i stumbled on: http://breakfastblogger.com/
i'm sure you'll like :-)

zlamushka said...

Jo, matcha tea, I am not familiar with, but surely it looks greener than green. Lovely!

RecipeGirl said...

I keep hearing about Matcha.. will have to pick up some of this stuff!

This looks delicious!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Dee! OMG! Thanks for the heads up! No, I haven’t been to S&R in a while but will definitely be checking the sprouts out…YAY! Cheap sprouts! You are a GEM! If you like the taste of matcha then it’s great to play around with it in the kitchen :) Taste it first so you can get an idea… my fave matcha sweet is the matcha ice cream in Sushi Tsumura (they make their own) :) But there are a lot of Japanese restaurants doing loads of things with matcha now so you have your pick!

Hi Susan! It really is…even Starbucks had a cake like this one!

Hi Allen! Let me know if you want more ideas…I have a bunch lined up from different blogs! :)

Hi P! Thanks for passing on the link! I do like it :) The first post I see when I check it out is bacon mints!

Hi Zlamushka! It’s Japanese green tea and very good :)

Hi Recipegirl! Hope you get to try it! :)

Kelly-Jane said...

That's a great pairing for matcha, and it looks lovely too :)

Katy said...

yum! that cake really looks great -- i had seen the matcha cookies already, and now i'm doubly intrigued!

Tartelette said...

Well, you are not the last one as I might be making the cake the cookies this weekend...I guess I hate not being original enough :)
Oh well, imitation is a form of flattery right?!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kelly-jane! They go really fantastic together :)

Hi Katy! Hope you get to try it! I have yet to try the matcha cookies but I hope try them soon!

Hi Helene! Can’t wait to see what you whip up! I’m sure it will be beautiful as well as delicious :)

Suzana said...

I didn't have a great experience with my first matcha attempt. Your marbled cake tough looks lovely!

KayKat said...

Oooo ... this looks *so* good! I've been hankering for a sweet-matcha-something, this might be the recipe to try!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Suzana! Thank you :) I hope you try again!

Hi Kaykat! I like this combination...and there are loads of other matcha recipes out there too :)