This recipe was generously sponsored by my friends at Ujido, and you can find the recipe below. Enjoy!
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so we’re thrilled to bring you the most delicious green cupcake recipe you’ll ever try. They’re made with a simple vegan chocolate cupcake base and topped with an insanely delicious frosting colored green with something way better than food coloring. The age-old antioxidant-rich green tea: matcha.
If you’ve never tried or perhaps never even heard of matcha, don’t let this recipe intimidate you! Read on to learn more about this incredible superfood, and then get your sweet tooth ready for these unbelievable cupcakes.
We love matcha—not only for the incredible health benefits but also the delicious taste!
Matcha is the delicately ground powder of green tea leaves that can be dissolved in water and enjoyed as a beverage or used in recipes for a bright green, caffeinated, antioxidant-rich kick. Matcha has been a beloved ingredient for centuries, and a popular superfood all around the world. There are many brands of matcha, but their quality can vary greatly. In this recipe, I used Ujido matcha.
If it’s a new flavor for you, these cupcakes are a perfect way to get acquainted. It’s a very mild matcha flavor in this cupcake frosting. Plus, who doesn’t love cupcakes?
Matcha powder is traditionally a vibrant green color which reflects its high levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants. It also has a very nice, fine texture, which enables you to add it to recipes or sip on matcha tea without having to worry about tea leaves.
Matcha has numerous health benefits. It’s truly a magnificent superfood! Numerous studies have proven matcha to have astounding benefits. There’s nothing better than a healthy and tasty superfood!
Some of the benefits matcha is known for include:
Now that we know a little bit about all of the amazing benefits of matcha, let’s get these cupcakes baking in the oven!
And if you want to go all-out, you can serve these up with a frothy matcha latte made with your favorite plant-based milk and a touch of maple syrup. Cheers to that!
I used ceremonial grade matcha which is considered to be the highest quality and also has a slightly deeper green hue. Ceremonial grade matcha is made from the youngest tea leaves and is appreciated for being slightly sweeter, smoother, and less bitter. That said, you can also use culinary grade matcha which is less expensive and is intended for cooking.
We just love that you can whip up vibrant colorful foods using the power of nature. No artificial colors are used to make this beautiful green frosting. The color simply comes from the natural chlorophyll in the matcha tea which creates a deep green pigment.
A lot of food coloring is either not vegan or is made with artificial ingredients. But fret not! You can use matcha powder in many different types of recipes if you want a natural green food coloring.
To make your frosting a uniform green color, add all the matcha and mix until the green color is well distributed. If you’d like to create a white and green blended frosting effect (as pictured), keep half of the frosting white (as is), and mix a single teaspoon of matcha into to the other half of your frosting.
If you prefer a deeper green and stronger flavor feel free to add more matcha to the frosting. I recommend adding half of a teaspoon at a time and tasting as you go. The color of the frosting will be more vibrant if you add more matcha, and it will be so pretty!
These cupcakes are super-easy to make. The only equipment you need other than your oven is a mixer to make the delicious and vibrant green frosting. You can use a stand mixer or a hand mixer—both will work perfectly.
Make The Cupcakes
Step Two: Combine the apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract with the melted butter, then, creating a well in the dry ingredients, pour in the melted butter mixture. Add the room temperature water and gently fold all the ingredients together.
Step Three: Distribute the batter evenly in a lined cupcake pan and bake on the center rack of a preheated oven set to 350 degrees F for about 22-30 minutes. When a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, they’re done.
Step Four: Remove from oven and allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully. While you wait for them to cool completely, make the matcha frosting.
Make The Frosting
Step Five: Using soft, room temperature vegan butter, whip the butter with a stand mixer or handheld mixer for a couple minutes. Add the powdered sugar half of a cup at a time and mix until it begins to form a frosting. Add the vanilla extract and whip until the frosting is smooth.
Step Six: For a uniform green color, add all of the matcha powder and mix well until it’s uniformly green. For a blended green and white frosting (as pictured), separate half the frosting to keep white and mix a single teaspoon of matcha in the other half.
You’re welcome to smear the frosting onto the cupcakes with a knife, of course, but if you want to get fancy, here are some tips!
To get the rose frosting effect pictured, you’ll need a piping bag (I like these reusable silicone piping bags) and an extra large rose piping tip. This specific nozzle will enable you to transform your frosting into a lovely rose atop your cupcake by simply starting in the center of the cupcake and swirling outwards. A few quick YouTube tutorials will get you going in no time. That’s how I learned!
If you’d like to get a white and green swirl effect in your frosting, it’s easy. Instead of adding matcha powder to the full batch of frosting for a uniform green look, you can keep half of your frosting white and swirl the two together! To do this, simply smear the white frosting on one side of your piping bag and the green matcha frosting on the other half, and frost away!
These dreamy chocolate cupcakes pair beautifully with this vanilla matcha buttercream frosting that has just a hint of matcha flavor. Enjoy these wickedly delicious cupcakes to celebrate a vegan St. Patrick’s Day, or any time of the year!
You can even make a batch of these cupcakes ahead of the big St. Patty’s Day party if you’re tight on time. Your friends will seriously love them and they won’t have a clue that this recipe is vegan.
You can also add some vegan sprinkles for and extra festive touch!
Can’t get enough of matcha or looking for more green treats to serve for St. Patrick’s day? Here are our top picks: