While Matcha originated in China, this type of green tea has been part of the Japanese culture for nearly a millennium. This worldwide obsession is frequently lound in lattes, skincare and baking. Our adored chef Giorgia Milanesio brings her own creation to this craze — a magically Matcha Chocolate Cake, with a recipe easy for you to make at home.
Giorgia uses white chocolate, bringing its uniquely creamy sweetness to a whirlwind of flavours found in matcha. Green matcha tea is pungent yet complex in taste, with a grassy aroma and bitter undertones. The best way to achieve a balance between flavours is the mixing of soft butter and sugar, to cool any richness and make a fluffy treat after baked. We recommend serving Giorgia's magical creation with your choice of decoration, allowing the earthy-green colouring to shine through for a unique dessert.
Giorgia’s Magic Matcha Chocolate Cake
Serves 10 - Cook in 1 hour
- 350ml milk
- 3 eggs, separated
- 50g granulated sugar
- 70g butter, melted
- 120g white chocolate plus extra for topping
- 8g green matcha tea
Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius (°C). Grease a 10-inch round baking pan with butter and flour. Melt the white chocolate in either the microwave or bagnomaria. Place egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and beat until thick and creamy. Continue to mix adding melted butter, white chocolate, flour, green matcha tea and a pinch of salt. Lastly, slowly mix in the milk.
Place the egg whites (at room temperature) in a bowl and begin to whisk until stiff peaks form; you can either use a hand whisk or electric mixer. Using a spatula gently fold the stiff egg whites in the batter and transfer into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the cake doesn't jiggle when you gently shake the pan.
Leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes then remove and transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before cutting in squares. (N.B. Here you will see the magic as one single batter will reveal two consistencies). Before serving, top with melted white chocolate or a touch of powdered sugar. Buon Appetito!