Matcha is a type of green tea that has been used in traditional Japanese ceremonies for nearly 1000 years. Matcha, the leaves of which have been ground into a very fine powder, can be mixed in hot water and sipped, added to foods, or even made into a paste and used as medicine.
As it turns out, cake is medicine. Oh, it so is. It's also psychotherapy, but perhaps that is for another post. At any rate, this delicious layered green tea cake is going to take advantage of the lovely mild flavor of matcha, all the while delivering to you a super-sneaky dose of antioxidants.
Another of the characteristics of matcha is that it's a pretty adept multi-tasker, providing both a sense of wakefulness and calm when consumed. It is for this reason that you see it used by a lot of Buddhist monks prior to meditation.
But we of course, are going to use it for that other zen-like purpose - cake.
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Cake. Is. Medicine.
Things You Will Definitely Need - For The Cake
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp matcha (I used Enzo Matcha)
1/4 c flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp buttermilk
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 tsp canola oil
1 Tbsp egg beaters or 1 beaten egg
For The Buttercream
1 cup powdered sugar
5 Tbsp butter at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp matcha
1/4 tsp vanilla an electric mixer (or a very strong arm and a good bit of patience)