Home-made Matcha Cupcakes

Home-made Matcha Cupcakes


Come 15:00 and I need a little sugar so, combining my love of all things Japanese, matcha cupcakes were baked.

They’re very simple: take a basic cupcake recipe like this one from Nigella Lawson and add 1 teaspoon of matcha. Despite having a sweet tooth, I always decrease the amount of sugar suggested.  There is no way 12 cupcakes (with icing) needs 125 grams of sugar.  I used 70 grams.

For the icing, mix cream cheese, butter, matcha (I used 1 tablespoon for a very strong matcha flavour) and icing sugar.  Add a little sugar at a time because you don’t to over sweeten it. Ice your cupcake et voilà! So delicious! Like with all of my Japanese ingredients, I bought my matcha at the Japan Centre here in London.  Have you been there?  I used an average priced variety which comes in a foil pack and tin to keep it in optimum condition.  Perfect for those matcha biscuits I’m making in a few weeks.  Do you like matcha?

Living alone is somewhat of a deterrent when it comes to switching the oven on.  I’ve made nice with my friendly, cat-loving neighbours, who also seem to enjoy a little cake. Two cupcakes and several cups of hojicha later, I’m rather happy to be back in the kitchen.


  1. 21 September 2012 / 09:29

    Milla, I love your new blog layout! And I looove Japanese food! I always decrease the amount of sugar too, always. I’ve educated myself in a certain way and I can’t even taste something too sweet anymore. 🙂
    PS: it would have been wonderful to meet you in London. Maybe next time I’m in your beautiful city. 🙂

  2. 21 September 2012 / 10:15

    I always cut sugar by half. I do love sweets, but too much will just upset my tummy and dry up my throat. Wonder why!

    And green tea icing? That’s quite a brilliant idea! I’ll see if I have time to bake it after working on (another) H&M blog post.

  3. 21 September 2012 / 13:07

    How elegant! I love this idea. Oh and Hojicha is my second favorite kind of Japanese tea.

  4. 23 September 2012 / 12:05

    Hello Milla, How’s live! this looks delicious. Haven’t heard of it or taste Matcha before. Have to check this out.
    Oh and your layout is beautiful!! it all looks so professional.
    Yesterday I made spicy chili prawns with noodles. Quick and easy and so good!!

    Have a lovely Sunday!

  5. 26 September 2012 / 04:55

    these look beautiful and delicious!! I love matcha

  6. 27 September 2012 / 16:32

    That looks soooooooooo good! Yum! I really should try some matcha magic 🙂 And I love your new website look – sleek and chic 🙂

  7. 28 September 2012 / 08:28

    OOh these look delicious. I always decrease the sugar thats listed in a recipe – isn’t that funny… need a sweet fix but not so much sugar! x I must look up matcha – haven’t tasted that before I think. 🙂 PS: Lovely new layout too x

    • Not Just Another Milla
      1 October 2012 / 10:19

      Thank you Helen – I needed a change! Most recipes call for too much sugar and yes, do try matcha. You should be able to find it at any Japanese shop.

  8. 6 October 2012 / 15:13

    How is London treating you, lovely Milla? Are you glad to be home? x

  9. 7 October 2012 / 00:22

    Love the new layout, Milla! Also this sounds absolutely delicious. I like how you cut the sugar. I do the same when I’m baking 🙂

    Hope you’re having a great weekend. xoxo

  10. CinZilicious
    7 October 2012 / 11:30

    This is strange, i thought i posted a comment on this post but there seems to be some error. Anyhow, i just wanted to say that your matcha cupcakes look delish!!!!!!!! I like the way your did the swirl with the icing, very pretty looking too 😉 I could so imagine seeing these in the bakeries in Paris!!! I went to Paris as you might have know, and it was such a good trip! Sadly i didnt get to try Laduree in Paris and London but guess what?They are opening a Laduree here in Hong Kong!! I can’t wait!!!

    Anyhow, hope you’re doing good but i’m sure you are doin just fab in the baking department, hehehe…hopefully we can see your matcha biscuits on this blog soon as well?? hehe

    Have a great weekend Milla!!!


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