The last time I blogged a matcha sponge cake, it was in the form of a chiffon sponge cake. Still a great recipe but it needs 8 eggs and coconut cream!
Since then, I’ve experimented with using cake flour for a moist and fluffy cake base. This is one of the times when I don’t use the tang mian method. While I love the rich buttery aroma from my foolproof tang mian recipe, I feel like the butter clashes with the earthy matcha taste. Perhaps another way would be to substitute oil instead of using butter.
Here is one recipe that produces a nice light sponge without needing to heat up any oils. It is easy and simple, making a nice tall 8″ cake.
Matcha Green Tea Sponge Cake
- 6 eggs
- 30 g castor sugar
- 90 ml milk
- 60 ml vegetable oil
- 120 g cake flour
- 30 g cornflour
- 2 tbsp matcha powder
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 100 g castor sugar
- Whisk the egg yolks with 30g of castor sugar.
- Mix in oil and milk.
- Sift in the cake flour, cornflour and matcha to combine.
- Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar and gradually add in rest of the castor sugar. Beat until it reaches soft peaks, not stiff peaks!
- Gently fold the egg white into the yolk mixture until well-combined.
- Pour into a 8" pan.
- Bake for 50min at 170°C in a hot water bath. This is the key to a moist and spongy texture!
- The cake is done when a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Drop the cake on the kitchen bench to prevent shrinkage. Put a tea towel underneath to protect it.
- Rest the cake for 10min in the pan. After that, invert to fully cool on a rack