Make this lovely cake to enjoy with your afternoon cuppa over the holidays!

This light and moist cake is not too sweet and has a refreshing green tea fragrance. The frosting uses cream cheese but has enough sweetness to mask the sour taste. The matcha (green tea) powder gives it a delicate green hue. This cake can be baked as a sheet cake in a 9x 13 inch pan or as 2 separate round cakes in two 8 inch round pans. Adjust baking time accordingly.


Original recipe yield: 1 – 2 layer 9 inch cake

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons powdered green tea**
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 cup plain yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons powdered green tea
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 – 9 inch round pans. Sift
together the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, salt, and green tea powder; set
In a large bowl, beat together sugar, oil, and eggs until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons
vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt, mixing just until
incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the
center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes before turning out of
the pans.
To make Green Tea Frosting: Sift together confectioners’ sugar and green tea powder. In a
medium bowl, combine tea mixture with butter, cream cheese, vanilla and milk. Beat with an
electric mixer until smooth. ***

To assemble the cakes: when the cakes are completely cooled, put one layer on a flat serving
plate. Spread a thin layer of frosting over it. Place the other layer of cake on top, and
spread frosting to cover the top and sides of cake. Dust with green tea powder if desired.
Serve cold or at room temperature.

*You may successfully substitute all-purpose white flour for the cake flour

**You can either grind a small amount of your favorite green tea in a food processor, or use the contents of a few green tea bags.

***Many bakers find that doubling the recipe for the frosting is necessary to satisfy the sweet tooth