St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner and I am going to celebrate it because I feel emotionally connected with Ireland. I lived there for quite a few years and that awesome island will always be dear to me.
What better way to celebrate than making something delicious?
This recipe is a green tea-flavoured cake so you won’t like it if you despise green tea. I really wanted to make something green without using green food dye because that just seemed too easy. I experimented a bit with spirulina and I considered spinach but green tea turned out to be the answer this time.
I’m using a green tea powder called matcha, which is a fine-ground type of green tea that is used in the Japanese tea ceremony. It’s used in many other things though, like green tea ice-cream, cakes and other treats, so using it for cake is not, in my opinion, blasphemy. You can get this tea in good tea shops.
It should not be on display as it’s supposed to be kept in a dark container but ask and hopefully they’ll have it.
1/2 cup rapeseed oil
2 leveled Tbsp matcha green tea powder
1 1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
icing sugar for decoration
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
In a bowl whisk the oil and eggs together with applesauce, and while still whisking add matcha green tea powder and sugar.
In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder. Add these to the egg mixture and stir well.
Pour into a greased round pan and bake for 40 minutes or until passes stick test.
Once the cake cools, sprinkle with icing sugar.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to Everybody!
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