Merry Christmas メリークリスマス！
Looking for a tasty Christmas dessert that’s easy to make? Then these Matcha Christmas Tree Cupcakes are perfect! Delicious chocolate cupcakes are topped with matcha cream cheese frosting to look like cute little Christmas trees! The matcha allows for a heathy way to add a green colour to the cream cheese instead of artificial green food colouring plus it adds a yummy extra flavour! These are perfect little treats for any Christmas party that add a cute and Japanese twist to your holiday meal!
I love matcha but I used to only be able to buy it in Japan when I went back every couple of years. So I’m really happy that it has become popular in Australia and other countries too because now I can buy it at some specialty Asian grocery stores all around my city! I love that matcha is so delicious and also so healthy! And that it can be used to flavour so many different things, like cakes and icing, not just for tea. I really want to try and make some matcha ice cream soon so I think I’m going to have to invest in an ice cream maker so it’ll be nice and creamy.
I’m not the best at icing so these Christmas trees may not be perfect but hopefully they’ll do; everyone’s just going to eat them anyway so I guess they don’t have to look too amazing. Luckily, these cupcakes are mini so I can just have one and not indulge too much on treats so I don’t gain too much on Christmas. Hopefully I can avoid eating more than one…I’m not sure I can though because it is matcha frosting…
You can add little stars and other edible cake decorations on top of the matcha icing to decorate the Christmas trees and then serve them at your party and enjoy!
- 1 cup self raising flour
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 65 g butter chopped
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs cocoa
- 1 block of cream cheese approx. 250g
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 2 tbs matcha powder
- 150 ml whipped cream very cold
- Preheat the oven to a 180c and leave the cream cheese out to become room temperature.
- Sift the flour and sugar into a large bowl and then rub in the butter with your fingertips.
- Combine the milk and egg in a jug and mix with a fork.
- Add the milk and egg mixture to the dry ingredient mixture.
- Mix together with a fork until all ingredients are just combined, avoid over-mixing (it should be coarse and lumpy).
- Add the mixture evenly into a mini muffin pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes then remove from oven and set aside on a wire rack to cool.
- While the muffins cool, prepare the matcha frosting.
- Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until it is soft and creamy.
- Shift the icing sugar into the cream cheese and matcha powder and beat again until all mixed together.
- Add very cold whipped cream and beat all together until fully mixed and soft peaks form.
- Put the finished frosting into a piping bag and swirl in circular motion on top of mini muffins to create a Christmas tree.
- Top with sprinkles, etc. to create Christmas tree appearance then serve!