Green Tea Cupcakes
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5 from 2 votes

Green Tea Cupcakes with Red Bean (Azuki) Buttercream Frosting

These are the perfect way to bring Asian flavors to your next party.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Azuki buttercream, green tea cupcakes
Servings: 16 cupcakes
Calories: 300

Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour not self-rising
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup whole milk

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup smooth/fine red bean azuki paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cupcake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together sugar, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, matcha powder, and ginger.
  • Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes. Because there is so little butter, you'll end up with a very fine crumb texture.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, and oil until smooth.
  • Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
  • Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be liquid. (Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong. It's supposed to be that way.)
  • Fill cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
  • Bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. If they are not done, test again in two minutes. If they are still not done, test again in another two minutes.
  • When the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from the tins and leave them on a cooling rack (or just on your counter if you don't own a cooling rack) to cool.

Frosting Instructions

  • Mix butter on high speed for three minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in red bean paste until smooth.
  • Mix in salt.
  • Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time until fully combined.
  • Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 80mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.8mg