Recipe: St. Patrick’s Day Matcha Cupcakes

Green Seductions

By Fiona Uyema
March 17, 2017
Food & Drink

Green is the color of life — and cupcakes are what we're living for.

St. Patrick’s Day, the now global fest celebrating being Irish and everything about Ireland, is honored almost everywhere around the world. Global cities join in the celebrations by lighting their tallest buildings in green lights and even turning some rivers green. Tokyo, too, has its own way to commemorate the event.  

The famous green festival is celebrated in Japan with a special festival in Yoyogi and parade in Omotesando, where hundreds of Japanese children and adults get dressed in green, perform Irish dances and enjoy Irish food. Like most people living abroad, when I lived in Japan I gained a better appreciation and love for my own culture and really enjoyed celebrating this day in Japan.

I, as an Irish cook, have my own way of celebrating this event: on St. Patrick’s Day it’s a must to make something green in my kitchen. Today, I’m sharing my festive matcha (green tea) and Pocky cupcakes, inviting you to join the party and cook along.

Ingredients

For the cupcake mix

  • 150g self-raising flour (自己調達小麦粉, jiko chotatsu komugiko)
  • 1 teaspoon matcha (抹茶, matcha)
  • 100g softened butter cubes (バター, bataa)
  • 100g caster sugar (グラニュー糖, guranyuto)
  • 2 eggs (卵, tamago)

For the icing

  • 200g Icing sugar (粉砂糖, konazato)
  • 2 tablespoons matcha (抹茶, matcha)
  • 100g soft butter cubes (バター, bataa)
  • 20ml milk (牛乳, gyunyu)
  • Matcha Pocky

Method

  1. Preheat a fan oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Sieve the flour and matcha together a few times to make sure the matcha powder is completely mixed into the flour.
  3. Whisk all the ingredients for the cupcake mix in an electric mixer for a few minutes or until it’s well mixed together.
  4. Place the cupcake cases in the baking tin. Using a large spoon to  fill the cases over half-way with the batter.  
  5. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and firm on top. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. To make the green icing, sieve the icing sugar and matcha together a few times to make sure the matcha powder is completely mixed into the icing sugar.
  7. Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter cubes and icing sugar until smooth and creamy. Finally add the milk and continue to whisk for a few more minutes.
  8. Use a piping bag to decorate the top of the cupcakes with the green icing.
  9. Break a few pocky sticks in half and place on top of the cupcake to finish decorating.

Then serve in Japanese plates (preferably four leaf clover-decorated) and enjoy the St. Patrick taste at your home! And don’t forget to share your amazing photos with us via Facebook or #savvytokyo on Instagram. Enjoy! xx

Having studied Japanese and spent three years studying and working in Japan, Fiona Uyema’s love of the Japanese language, culture and cuisine is innate. Her book ‘Japanese Food Made Easy’ introduces basic Japanese ingredients, Japanese dining etiquette and easy to follow Japanese home style recipes. Fiona found comfort in the Japanese diet/way of eating while going through chemotherapy and recovering from ovarian cancer. Now she is blessed with two healthy boys and a fantastic husband who's grandparents are from Okinawa. Learn more about Fiona from her website http://fusedbyfionauyema.com/ or from her interview with NHK World at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BYgg28I9fQ&t=7s

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