Posted by: familiabencomo | Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Maccha Marble Cake

Maccha (or matcha) is a special quality Japanese green tea. I have seen it mentioned a few times on Diva’s The Sugar Bar. She really raves about it & has found a myriad of uses for it. So,when she posted her Matcha Marble Cake last week I drove directly to Mitsuwa in search of this fine green powder. It was relatively easy to find after I asked a fellow patron to help me.  Then, on the hottest day of the year, I lined up all of the ingredients to bake my cake. Truth be told, I had just ordered a new baking form & was desperate to try it out. I was totally giddy as I worked with a new recipe AND used my new baking toy!

Diva’s recipe was pure heaven. I had to make some adjustments because I didn’t have self-rising flour & I was not eager to purchase a 4th type of flour for my already fulltothehilt pantry. So, below are the ingredients with the US conversion measurements & here is Diva’s original recipe.

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 c. sifted cake flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbs low-fat milk
  • 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp maccha powder

We all thoroughly enjoyed the cake. I felt quite fancy having the marble effect (1st time for me) in my cake. Also, since green tea is an antioxidant, I considered this as “health food” and savored every delicious bite without guilt.



  1. Amy, it’s beautiful – inside and out…bravo & well done!

  2. Looks great. I’m going to have to be on the lookout for the maccha powder! I’m not sure where I can find it in my neck of the woods!

  3. marble cakes are so much fun to make! i like how yours looks. the cake form is absolutely adorable. where did you get it from? 🙂 it’s genius – since you can get a slice that’s heart-shaped like.

    aww wow. i need to find time to get back into the kitchen and make something. i’m getting awful grumpy because of that. x

  4. Amy, That is the coolest cake pan! Where did you get that? I love it. But more importantly, your cake turned out great and looks delish! I love your plates and coffee cup too, so pretty! Your such a food stylest now!!
    Hope you’re having a great summer!
    xoxo, Marie

  5. What a great looking cake! I must go and look for the matcha.

  6. Well this is right up my alley! I LOVE anything with green tea. Matcha has such a distinct taste to it… I can’t get enough of the stuff. Your cake turned out divine! I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try!

  7. Amy, this look absolutely georgeous, look really nice, I like it!!! besos amiga mìa, Gloria
    (The childs begin today their winter vacations!)

  8. What a beautiful cake – I love the mold shape too!

    This would make a great Tried, Tested and True Two submission :).

  9. Che bella! I’m going to have to use this recipe for my next Demarle-at-Home party! As for the 4-heart flower mold? It’s from the Demarle! Check out the website listed. I can help you with any product (and party!) questions. My Rep ID is 5830. Buono appetito!


  11. YAY for Mitsuwa!
    Your cake is spectacular in its simplicity.
    Love how the slice makes a heart!!!

  12. My my! Your cake looks so beautiful, inside and out! I bookmarked this recipe from Diva’s blog too and really want to make it one day. It sounds so good. And I love your new toy:) Where did you get it from? It’s so cool!

  13. What a great presentation this cake makes on a serving dish. It’s gorgeous before you cut it because of the pan and gorgeous after you cut it. I wish I could have green tea – it doesn’t seem to like me at all.

  14. WOW Amy…just lookinh at this beautiful cake is making me giddy! It looks wonderful…& the matcha sounds matchless. I do envy you…I shall never try this coz there is never any hope of finding matcha here. My sis is fed-up of the endless things I ask her to find for me…so i dare not add to her burden! I LOVE the new pan & the marbling in the cake. *Sigh* bella…it’s beautiful! Good to have you back with a bang. Tanti baci dear girl…xoxoxo

  15. I am in awe of the cake and presentation…and healthy, too!

  16. Hi Amy, I love this recipè but I want to question, what’s maccha podwer??

    I make a ice cream recipe if you want to see dear( so easy) and childs love it!! xxxGloria

  17. Yum! I love a nice big slice of cake and this looks fantastic. Healthy too you say, surely not it looks too good!

  18. How beautiful Amy! Your hubby must have loved how it cut into a heart shape! And your new fun! How are the kiddies fairing up in the kitchen this summer? Or should I are you fairing up with them in your kitchen? 🙂 Hugs to you!

  19. Psst!!! In this family nobody want and raspberry ice cream??? I wait for you!! I know You are so busy, these times, Me too sometimes, But I scape to the PC when I can!!!! xxxxGloria

  20. My goodness!!! Good morning, good afternoon, good evening (whichever the case may be) to you all! I typically visit all my favorite blogs & respond to comments left on mine in the morning with my coffee, but the summer has me sleeping in a bit AND the kids are still getting up early?!?!? Very weird. Then, we went to beautiful Lake Tahoe for a few days.

    I’m so happy everyone liked my new pan & my cake! My friend Irline gave the information in her comment about the pan. I can’t wait to get more treats from her!

    Kisses to all & when I come back from morning swim practice I’ll reply to each comment personally. Thank you!

  21. I misss you Amy!!!!!!! besos,Gloria

  22. Peter – Thank you, you’re always so kind.

    HoneyB – Look for an Asian grocer. Or, if you go out for sushi, then ask the waiter where you might find some. I can imagine that this would be tricky to find where you live!

    Diva – this was such a fun cake to make b/c the matcha was a little surprise tucked into the cake. The form is DeMarle & it’s one of those silicone types that you don’t have to grease or anything – everything just pops out. I hope you’re able to get back into the kitchen soon….. I need to take a peek & check in on you.

    Marie – THANK YOU! I take notes on food styling from you! I’m slowing working on my DH for a better camera & then we’ll see some “real” photos. The pan is DeMarle – I love it too, thank you.

    Nicisme – Yes, go look for matcha – you’ll enjoy having it around.

    Jane – I’m going to have to make this for you. I know you & your boys will enjoy it. xxx

    Gloria – Oh, thank you! Good luck with the winter vacations…. My, that sounds funny to me. I hope you have some fun things planned. Muchos besos!

    Psychgrad – Thank you! OK, this Tried, Tested and True Two sounds right up my alley – I’ll have to check that out.

    Irline – You should try this recipe – the marbling is such a nice surprise when you slice into it. Thank you for putting together such a nice party for me & listing the link to DeMarle for me. I can’t wait to order some more goodies. 😉

    Lori Lynn – You know I can’t help but think of you when I’m in Mitsuwa now. This cake might be the perfect compliment to some of your Asian meals that you prepare.

    Farida – Oh, you should try it! Two stick of butter had me clutching my heart while I was mixing everything, but I quickly forgot all of that with my first bite.

    Giz – Thank you, dear. That’s too bad about the green tea…. However, that’s a small price for the beautiful life you have. You are blessed. xoxox

    Deeba – Matcha it is!!! I will add this to the box I’m slowly preparing for you. I know you will have so much fun with it. I can only imagine the magic that you will whip up with it. Oooh, it makes me giddy again thinking of what YOU could do with matcha. Tanti baci, my friend, I’m slowly getting back to a normal speed (2 more weeks of swim season). xoxox

    Mom – Thank you – you know me, it’s ALL about the nutrition.

    Gloria – Maccha power is a Japanese green tea. I found it in a local Japanese grocery store in a small tin. Your ice cream looks wonderful – I can’t wait to try it! Thank you.

    Amanda – Oh so good to “hear” from you! You must be busy with your art school. Thank you for the nice words. I confess, healthy is an exaggeration. However, it’s good for the soul.

    Laurie – Thank you, sweetie. I am doing better with the kids in the kitchen, thanks for asking. I am now delegating tasks which seems to make everything run more smoothly & quicker. I just keep chanting “everything can be cleaned” inside my head so that I don’t stress out anyone. 😉 I need to “visit” you to see how your summer is going. I just realized that we only have 4 more weeks. BooHoo. xoxox

    Gloria – Save me a big bowl of that ice cream!!! I can’t believe no one wants any – shocking!?!?! I’m working on having a little more time to keep up on the PC, but it is hard when the weather is beautiful outside & the kids just want to run wild. I miss you too, sweetheart. Beso grande!

  23. I think you’re right about this being health food. I just read yesterday that green tea is a fat-fighting food. So you can have your cake and eat it too!

  24. Hello Amy!
    I miss you. How is everything?

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