Friday, February 5, 2010

Matcha-Almond Génoise Layer Cake



About a month ago I received an email from a California based green-tea company.  In the letter I was very kindly asked if I would share my Matcha Biscotti recipe and photos for their monthly newsletter.  Of course I said "heck yeah!" with Napoleonic (Dynamite) enthusiasm.  First of all, I was just so happy to be asked (you'd be surprised at those who take without giving credit). Secondly, after reading the newsletter, I was so inspired by the other recipes I saw!

If you'd like  to see the newsletter, it is HERE.  Check out the Matcha Rice Krispie Treats recipe.  How cool is that?  After receiving a very nice follow-up thank you letter, I received a sample of their baking grade Shiki Matcha.

Uhmm, baking grade matcha? That exists? I can't say I'm the most educated person on green tea varieties, I just know that I like it. Upon reading their green tea guides, I feel more informed.  What a great resource!


I've never seen such a beautiful color result when baking with Matcha.  That's 100% natural green tea pigment!




Matcha-Almond Génoise Layer Cake

A very delicately flavored Matcha green-tea sponge cake, filled with ...

See Matcha-Almond Génoise Layer Cake on Key Ingredient.



A good variation to this recipe would be to add 6 oz. of  sweetened red beans to the whipped filling. You can find them, canned, at your local Asian grocery store. Not everyone likes red beans in a dessert (the hubs) so I left it out. I love them! I'm always the person at the end of a nice Teppanyaki dinner to order the red-bean ice cream. But of course, I love everything.

That's part of my problem.  I don't think they have 12-step programs for people who love everything. Do they?


For a garnish, yogurt covered almonds pair well with the almond flavor in the cake.  You could also use the chocolate-covered and candy-coated Jordan almonds. Apply them to the top of the cake before the ganache sets.  I didn't do this, so I had to stick them on with some extra chocolate. 

Although I did enjoy putting this cake together, ONE thing drove me slightly crazy during this whole process.  I lost the lid to the sample Matcha container.  I looked everywhere!  I was about to give up when I pulled the camera lens cover from my jacket pocket and found...








...at least I didn't do this!














This cake is delicious.  It is light, delicate, and the almond flour really gives the cake a great flavor. If you are one of those people who are wary about the bitterness of green-tea, let me tell you, this cake has none of that.  The flavor is very mild, and the color is stunning!



Special thanks to Maeda-en.  If you are interested in reading up on green tea (health benefits, how it's made, etc.) I'd suggest reading the Green Tea 101   provided on their website.

Happy Baking! xxoo

34 comments:

Teacipes said...

Wow, this is truly beautiful! Thank you for posting such an awesome post. Do you mind if I added this post on next week's Friday link round up?

Scorpio Woman said...

wow it looks yummy. The colors are great. Last year I bought matcha powder to do 1 drink. And then I did nothing with it. It's expensive for a drink lol

ButterYum said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I've never tried Matcha - can you believe that?

:)
ButterYum

Sandy said...

OMG, this looks sooo delicious! I might just be making this (or some of your other green tea treats) for an upcoming Chinese New Year party next weekend! Wow, you are an awesome baker. Thanks for sharing!!

Chocolate Shavings said...

That's such a gorgeous cake!

Gala said...

Stunning color and I bet the flavor wasn't far behind!

April said...

It's beautiful!!!

dollydoesdesserts said...

Omg, wows!! This looks gorgeous. It's my first time to your blog and I have to say you're really an impressive baker! :D Adding your site to my favourites!

Take care.

Sue Sparks said...

So stunning! The color is spectacular, especially since it's natural! Maybe for St. Patty's Day? I LOVE almond and this sounds delicious!

Sunday said...

Heather you stun me with your beautiful creations - if you need a place to live and somewhere to cook - maybe consider NZ? I'm sure we could find you a corner :)
I made a salad with green tea noodles this week, but sadly they did not retain such a gorgeous green.

Diana's Cocina said...

Love your blog!! I'm your new follower!! Come check me out when you have time.
Thanks~Diana

lostpastremembered said...

That cake is out of this world gorgeous with that color... perfect presentation... I love your blog!!

Q. said...

Seriously stunning cake. Looks like a work of art.

Stella said...

This is an awesome post! The cake looks so good, and i can't believe that the green is the real color of the tea. The first thing I did was scan for food coloring, but didn't find it. Nice!

cookies and cups said...

This is simply gorgeous!

anna said...

So pretty! I adore matcha and had no idea there was a baking grade!

Nina said...

So nice! I love green anything and this looks so unique! Great blog.

Maggie said...

Gorgeous!

Ana said...

What a beautiful cake- I'm always looking for new ways to use matcha. It's so good to drink just on its own, but when you start adding sugar and butter to the mix...heavenly!

Mara... said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I think I might just look at it instead of eating what. I love green tea and I have the powder to make my own green tea frapps at home but I have never baked with it. I am going to have to try now!!

Natalie... said...

ooh wow this is beautiful your layers are so perfect!

Kim @ Frostmeblog.blogspot.com said...

just found your blog, looks so amazing! I want to try! I am lol about the lid!

Kim
http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com

Fashion Meets Food said...

Hello! I just found your blog and I must say that I adore it! Your treats look divine!

Brisbane Baker said...

Hi,

This is my 1st time reading your blog and it's fantastic!

Seems like you have alot to offer. I might just have to follow :D

Would be great if you could follow me too

http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

P.s LOL at the camera lense :D

Ingrid said...

I've not had green tea in dessert form. Your cake sounds interesting and looks gorgeous! You know I haven't had sweet red bean anything either. I'm deprived.
~ingrid

Fabelicious said...

I would love to try this! Your pictures makes me want to lick off my computer screen...lol

kancy said...

*drools* this cake looks delicious! just one question, does the almond flavour taste strong in this recipe? 'cause I am not a big fan of almond...thanks:)

Afval tips said...

Thanks for this read. Well, this is my first visit to your blog! But I admire the precious time and effort you put into it, especially into interesting articles you share here!

Lyn said...

I absolutely adore anything Matcha related.
It's just the taste of that tea.
Not that I would drink it by itself,however,as a desert is perfect!
Not so suffocatingly sweetening like most,it has a hint of bitterness that relates me to the tea.

It looks so tasty:)

T Bob said...

I'm trying to make this recipe, but I'm running into some issues. First, it took almost 20 minutes to bake the cake... I know the recipe says 5-8, but after 5 minutes, it was barely set, and after 10, the texture was just starting to kind of resemble that which I seen in your pictures. I know different ovens have different baking times, but 4 times as long? Do you have any suggestions or tips, something I might have done wrong?

Second, the cream is really having trouble supporting the cake, so you have any suggestions for making it stiffer?

acheter cialis said...

SO many times I read stupid post but this time I must say i'm impressed! Well done! Cheers!

Jasmine said...

Hello, I wanted to ask how do you remove the brown top of the matcha cake? I've always had that problem when baking it.

Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious said...

Absolutely beautiful. I plan on making this for the boyfriend's sister who just got promoted but I'm worried about transporting the cake. Should I cut it at the arrived destination or should I cut into fingers and then do the transport?

Thanks!

School Psychologist said...

One of the most gorgeous desserts I have ever come across!

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