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Matcha Green Tea Cake with Chocolate Chips

matcha cake

Matcha Green Tea Cake with Chocolate Chips

First used in China, green tea was brought to Japan in the 12th century by Myoan Eisai, a Buddhist priest. By the 13th century, samurai warriors had adopted Zen Buddhism and began preparing and drinking this powdered green tea, called matcha, laying the foundations of the Japanese tea ceremony. Baking was a cooking technique introduced by Portuguese missionaries in the 15th century.

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ tablespoons powdered green tea (matcha)
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 cup plain whole yogurt
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350º F. Butter and flour a 10-inch cake pan.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and matcha and set aside.

In a large bowl beat together the sugar, oil and eggs until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes before turning out of the pans. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Serves 12

Celebrate the Earth – just for kids!

maize god

Celebrate the Earth – just for kids!

Sunday 4/22 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

LACMA and ArtBites Pop-up

Celebrate Earth Day while discussing Mexican art related to nature at LACMA before heading to the ArtBites Pop-up Kitchen (a 3-minute drive from the museum) to prepare a vegetarian meal and enjoy a group lunch.

Menu may include:
Avocado and Tomato Salad
Smoky-Spicy Grilled Corn
Mushroom Quesadillas
Chocolate and Almond Cake

Ages 7 to 12. Class is limited to 6 children and one accompanying adult per child. No drop off.

($80 includes museum admission for the child and accompanying adult, tour, ingredients and recipes. Museum parking is not included.)

Please note that though this class meets at LACMA it is not LACMA organized.

SOLD OUT!

image: Drinking Vessel Depicting a Maize God, Guatemala, Mya, 200-400, slip-painted ceramic, LACMA