Recipes Matcha Meringue Cupcakes

Published on November 19th, 2009 | by Julie Knapp

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Meringue Cupcakes Made with Matcha Green Tea Powder

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Matcha Meringue Cupcakes[social_buttons]Cupcakes are still the dessert du jour, but forget chocolate and vanilla — try the green Matcha Meringue Cupcakes instead. Two secret ingredients give them a delicate green hue — finely grated lime peel and matcha green tea powder, a premium powdered green tea that’s used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Use organic ingredients to make the recipe even greener.

Even though these cupcakes are still a sugary, the addition of matcha green tea powder means each one will boast the benefits of green tea including weight loss, lowered blood pressure, decreased stress levels and increased energy. So when you try the Matcha Meringue Cupcakes recipe, you can feel a little less guilty about indulging.

12 Matcha Meringue Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons AOI Chef’s Choice Matcha Green Tea
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup organic whole milk
  • 1/4 cup organic buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) organic unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
  • 2 large eggs

Meringue Ingredients:

  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • large pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

What to do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Combine flour, Matcha, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; whisk until blended. Combine milk, buttermilk, and vanilla in small bowl. Using hand-held electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Beat in lime peel. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat until blended after each one. Clean off beaters.

Using rubber spatula, fold 1/3 of dry ingredients into butter mixture. Add half of milk mixture and stir to blend. Fold in half of remaining dry ingredients, then remaining milk mixture. Fold in remaining dry ingredients. Spoon batter into paper liners, diving evenly. Bake cupcakes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan 10 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack and allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile, increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Using clean dry beaters and hand-held electric mixer, beat egg whites, vanilla, and salt in medium bowl until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar, then powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until firm peaks form, about 5 minutes. Working with 1 at a time, mound 1/3 cup meringue on cupcake. Using an offset spatula, seal meringue to top edge of paper liner, then swirl meringue decoratively into peaks. Place cupcakes on large rimmed baking sheet, spaced 2 to 3 inches apart.

Bake cupcakes until meringue is singed in spots, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack and cool completely. Serve on same day made. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Photo by Jan Sheehan

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About the Author

Julie Knapp is a New York City-based freelance writer. Her greenest habit is walking nearly everywhere she goes and she aspires to eat a diet of organic and locally grown food. From searching for organic pet toys to trying out the latest natural beauty products, Julie is always looking for the next great green thing. Aside from green living, Julie writes about beauty, health, fitness, nutrition and parenting. She also writes for Greenzer.com, TapIt.com, Examiner.com, Parents magazine and Organic Beauty magazine. Plus she's the founder and editor of her blog, JivaFit.com.



  • Viet

    I’m researching information for my friend’s birthday present. When u baked the meringue for 23-4 minutes, was it cooked entirely. Ive read around it people say it has to be baked for 45 minutes =.=. But i was hoping more to do what you did and bake right onto of the cupcake.

    please answer to my hotmail ^^. your answer will really help me.

  • http://www.gocoffeego.com Elise

    Has anyone tried this? I was at a birthday party and they had a special cake made with Tea and it was awful. Can you taste it in the cake? Or does it disappear? If it does not alter the flavor, I am all for health.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      When I’ve cooked with matcha powder in the past, it’s definitely imparted a green tea flavor. Green tea in baked goods goes nicely with almond or vanilla. The recipe I made was for vegan green tea cupcakes with an almond frosting.

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