Hello Spoonful of Flavor readers! I’m Danae from Recipe Runner. Thanks to Ashley for letting me be here again today! I always enjoy coming over to her beautiful blog and sharing something delicious. Today is no exception. Because it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day I wanted to join in the fun with all things green, so I made these Pistachio Green Tea Cupcakes with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting!
St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all that high on my list of holidays I get excited about. Beer isn’t my drink of choice, I don’t look good wearing green, and I don’t have a drop of Irish blood in me. However, I do enjoy adding Baileys to everything, my once a year splurge on a salty fatty slice of corned beef, and scarfing down a childhood favorite pistachio pudding cupcake that my mom used to make every year on St. Patrick’s Day. Those cupcakes are where the inspiration for these Pistachio Green Tea Cupcakes with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting came from.
As much as I love that boxed pistachio pudding I am quite aware of all the additives and unpronouncable ingredients in it. I thought about making my own instant dry pudding mix and adding pistachio extract, but I’ve heard not so great things about the flavor of pistachio extract. Then I remembered that I had some loose leaf green tea in my cupboard (I’ve recently become a tea addict on top of a coffee addict). I took the tea leaves and ground them up in my coffee grinder and wah-lah green tea powder! Not only would the green tea powder be a unique cupcake flavor, but it would give them the natural green color that I wanted.
Since I wanted the cupcakes to be reminiscent to the ones I grew up eating, I of course had to add some chopped pistachios to the batter. Not only are the pistachio in the cupcake, but I also decorated the top of the matcha cream cheese frosting with them.
As we all know, the frosting is the real reason for having a cupcake and this green tea a.k.a. matcha frosting is so good! I used more green tea powder to give it that green hue and flavored it with both almond and vanilla extract. I’m pretty sure more of the frosting ended up in my mouth than on the cupcakes, I think we’ve all been there! If you’re looking for a fun and delicious St. Patrick’s Day treat to make and one that doesn’t involve boxed pudding or green food coloring, then give these Pistachio Green Tea Cupcakes with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting a try, they do not disappoint!
Yields 8-10 cupcakes
Pistachio Green Tea Cupcakes with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting
These naturally green cupcakes are infused with green tea powder and full of chopped pistachios. Top them with a delicious matcha cream cheese frosting for an impressive and tasty dessert!