- 225g/8oz plain flour
- 350g/12½oz caster sugar
- 85g/3oz cocoa powder
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 free-range eggs
- 250ml/9fl oz milk
- 125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 250ml/9fl oz boiling water
- 10g Matcha green tea powder
- 200g/7oz plain chocolate
- 200ml/7fl oz double cream
Dont forget to pick up your matcha!
- Preheat oven to 180C/160C (356F/320F) Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water. Beat until smooth and well combined.
- Gradually add the boiling water to the mixture, beating well after each addition. The mixture will be very liquid.
- Divide the batter between the prepared tins and bake for 25–35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow the cakes to cool completely in the tins before icing.
- To make the chocolate icing, heat the chocolate and cream in a saucepan over low heat until the chocolate melts. Remove from the heat and whisk until smooth and glossy. Set aside to cool for 1–2 hours, or until thick enough to spread.
- To assemble the cake, run a knife around the inside of the cake tins to loosen the cakes. Carefully remove the cakes from the tins.
- Spread a thin layer of chocolate icing over the top of one of the cakes. Carefully top with the other cake.
- Transfer the cake to a serving plate and ice the entire cake with the remaining chocolate icing.
- Dust some matcha over the top of the cake with a sieve!
- Use good quality cocoa powder.
- Don't overmix the batter. Overmixing can make the cake tough.
- Be careful not to overbake the cakes. The cakes should be just cooked through.
- Let the cakes cool completely before icing them. This will help the icing to set properly.
- Use a sharp knife to frost the cake. This will help you to create a smooth, even finish.
I love the combination of matcha and chocolate, and this cake and ganache take a rich chocolatey base and sprinkle with a subtle yet vibrant flavour of matcha! With the dusting on top it really acts as a conversation piece too!
This cake is a perfect way to introduce a little bit of matcha to a delicious bake, help to introduce people to what matcha can do as you scrape the surface of what is possible!