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Matcha Marmalade Cakes and a Sushi Feast

Small Cakes, Tea | 12th November 2014 | By

It’s been a while since I did any baking with matcha. Last week provided the perfect opportunity. We’d been invited to eat sushi with a Japanese colleague of CT’s which I was hugely looking forward to. A few little matcha cakes, I thought, would make a suitable post prandial snack. As I mulled over what flavour I should pair the matcha with (mostly in the early hours of the morning) I kept coming back to citrus which I thought would give a fresh and zingy high to the bitter notes of green tea. But, unusually for me, I had no fresh citrus in the house, not even lemons.

With time fast running out I made a last minute decision to add some of my mother’s marmalade to the mix. Two bitters together can work really well – think coffee and chocolate. I was hoping this would also provide some of the zing I was looking for.

Well I couldn’t have been better pleased with how these mini matcha marmalade cakes turned out – well maybe they could have been a bit greener in colour. They were light in texture, greenish, had a mild matcha flavour and a delicious marmalade hit. CT and I were hard pressed not to snaffle one on the train on our way to our hosts. Just as well we didn’t as they all disappeared with remarkable rapidity.

How anyone managed to fit them in is a miracle. We had the grandest sushi spread I’ve ever come across. It was a self-assembly job; nori seaweed was provided along with what seemed like hundreds of fillings. As the only vegetarian there, I was still well catered for – omelettes, mushrooms, cucumbers, natto, asparagus, okra, radishes, beans, cress and all the usual accompaniments and condiments. Four hours of eating and sake drinking and we were still able to knock back a few cakes and lashings of a flowering green tea. Mine were not the only cakes: there was a lush chocolate cake as well as a banana tarte tatin. How we managed to stagger back to the train station and home I’ll never know.

I’ve named this year Super Sushi. I reckon I’ve eaten more of it this year than all the other years combined. It all started with our bloggers session at Yo Sushi and snowballed from there. Only two days after this sushi feast I got a surprise phone call from a friend who was dashing through Plymouth on his way back to Italy. “Can you make it to Koishii for a Japanese blow out in two hours time?” I dropped everything, so did CT.

I’m sending these off to Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary for Shop Local as the wholemeal flour is Cotehele Mill’s own, the eggs are local as is my mother’s homemade marmalade.

As these were sort of made as a thank you for inviting us over for sushi, I am sending this off to Treat Petite with CakeyBoi and The Baking Explorer.

It’s been a while since I submitted anything to #recipeoftheweek over at A Mummy Too, so off these go.

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Matcha Marmalade Cakes
by November-10-2014
Mini cakes flavoured with healthy green tea powder and marmalade, these are not only delicious but are quick and simple to make.
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 50g white chocolate (G&B)
  • 100g cardamom sugar (golden caster)
  • 150g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 3 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 2 duck eggs or large hens eggs
  • 2 heaped tbsp marmalade
1. Melt butter and chocolate in a pan over gentle heat. Stir to combine then allow to cool a little.2. Place sugar into a mixing bowl then sift in the dry ingredients. Make a well in the centre and break in the eggs. Pour in the butter mixture.3. Stir from the inside out until just combined. Stir in the marmalade.4. Divide the mixture between 24 silicone mini muffin moulds.5. Place a shred of marmalade on top of each one.6. Bake at 180ā„ƒ for 15 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and firm to the touch.7. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12


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    Lynsey Ward
    12th November 2014

    These sound really tasty and one I will be adding to my bookmarks to give a try. Thanks for sharing.

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    12th November 2014

    Wow these look fab and much better than my last attempt at “baking”… cake in a mug! Xx

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    Lou, Eat Your Veg
    12th November 2014

    How unusual these sound, but so yummy! You’re so clever at pairing flavourings Choclette. I think I need to have a Super Sushi year, I do love it but have rarely eaten it…and never made it.

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      Choclette Blogger
      12th November 2014

      Thanks Lou. I think everyone should have at least one Super Sushi year in their life – how exciting you still have one to look forward to šŸ˜‰

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    Johanna GGG
    12th November 2014

    We’ve made lots of sushi at home this year but I am afraid it is rather plain as suits Sylvia’s tastes. I spoke to a friend who told me how time consuming she finds it but it is not for us any more. I had hoped to see a chocolate sushi recipe – tried a sweet strawberry sushi recipe earlier this year – maybe it could be made with cacao nibs through it. Your muffins sound like an excellent contribution to an amazing feast. I haven’t experimented much with matcha but love marmalade in baking

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      Choclette Blogger
      12th November 2014

      The sushi feast we had Johanna was putting, pretty much whatever we fancied into the seaweed and then rolling it (very clumsily in my case) into a cone. Makes this super easy and everyone can have just what they like. As for chocolate sushi, I keep meaning to have a go at this and one year I will. Not sure I like the idea of cocoa nibs though – the wrong texture for sushi. Do have a go at baking with matcha – it works splendidly in cakes.

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      Choclette Blogger
      12th November 2014

      I expect they’s be lovely just made with almond flour Bethan, but they would have a different texture and probably wouldn’t rise as much.

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    12th November 2014

    Great pairing of flavours. I’d love to have a Super Sushi year, I love the stuff. GG

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      Choclette Blogger
      12th November 2014

      It’s rather addictive stuff GG – I’m just hoping there might be more to come before the year is out!

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    belleau kitchen
    12th November 2014

    well i’m a huge sushi fan so any kind of sushi feast is OK by me!… love this matcha cakes, they’re so adorable and I love the addition of marmalade. They remind me of my grandma’s marmalade cake although hers were never green!

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      Choclette Blogger
      12th November 2014

      No a green marmalade cake would be a little unusual, unless it was lime marmalade I guess!!! Combining matcha with marmalade did make for super delicious cakes.

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      Choclette Blogger
      13th November 2014

      Sushi is addictive stuff Anna. Do try your matcha out in cake form – it works really well and you can have it as strong or as mild as you like.

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    Galina Varese
    13th November 2014

    I have a couple of sachets of matcha, should really try it in baking. Your marmalade cakes sound delightful.

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    13th November 2014

    These sound wonderful!! I have never baked with matcha but have from time to time enjoyed cookies or muffins made with them. This post inspires me…maybe it’s time! And I must say, I love alliteration too, so mini matcha marmalade sounds very sweet indeed!

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      Choclette Blogger
      13th November 2014

      Thank you – definitely time to up the matcha ante. And I’m so glad you spotted the alliteration, you’re the only one that’s commented on it šŸ™‚

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    Baking Addict
    13th November 2014

    Love the addition of marmalade – what a clever idea. I also like the sound of a sushi feast as I love sushi. Perhaps you’ll make us a sushi cake next? šŸ™‚

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    15th November 2014

    oh! There cakes look absolutely fantastic! I’m dying to give this recipe a try!

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    Kate Glutenfreealchemist
    15th November 2014

    What a perfect little treat to take! I love the combination of flavours…… they sound deliciously exotic. The sushi sounds amazing too…… I love sushi, but we have to be really careful because of the use of soy sauce which mostly contains wheat….. self-assembly would solve it!

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      Choclette Blogger
      17th November 2014

      Thanks Kate, it’s a great combination. I’m wondering if this is a flavour first! We tend to use tamari at home, which is GF, but it’s one more thing I expect most people won’t have thought of. What a trial it must be for you when you just want to go out and eat a good meal.

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    3rd December 2014

    What an intriguing flavour combination! I need to get more matcha. I have an idea for a drink šŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing with Shop Local!

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