Japanese Matcha Cake

Ingredients

Dough ingredients

  • ¼ cup
    vegetable oil
  • 1 cup
    plant milk
  • 1
    lemon juice
  • 8 tbsp
    maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch
    salt
  • cup
    almonds
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder

Frosting ingredients

  • cups
    coconut milk full fat
  • 2 tsp
    strawberry jam

Decoration ingredients

  • 1 cup
    fresh berries small pieces
  • A few sprigs of
    fresh mint

Instructions

Method for the cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 355°F.

  2. In a bowl, mix together the vegetable oil, plant milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and ground almonds.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and matcha powder.
  4. Mix well, adding a tiny splash more plant milk if it's looking too dry.
  5. Divide the mixture between two small, greased baking tins lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes until risen and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Once out of the oven, remove the cakes from the baking tins immediately to cool.

Method for the strawberry frosting (optional)

  1. It's important to keep your can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight so that the rich creamy part separates from the watery liquid. Make sure to use full fat coconut milk, otherwise the thicker coconut fat won't separate from the liquid and you won't be able to make this cream!

  2. Open the can upside down - the coconut cream will be at the bottom and you can just pour off the watery liquid.

  3. Pour the thick, creamy part into a bowl.
  4. Add the strawberry jam.
  5. Use an electric whisk to whip up the coconut cream until light and fluffy.

Method for the decoration

  1. Once the sponge cake bases have cooled completely, place one cake on a large plate or cake stand, and spread half of the cream on top.

  2. Spread the strawberry frosting over this layer of cream and add half of the berries.
  3. Place the other cake on top and cover with the remaining frosting,

  4. Top it off with the remaining berries.
  5. Best eaten on the day or day after it's made.
Courses: Dessert
Cooking time: 15-30 minutes
Season: autumn, spring, summer, winter
Number ingredients: 10-15 ingredients
Preparation method: baking
Type of dish: cake

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