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Japanese chlorophyll bomb

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Here in Europe everybody is frustrated by the nasty weather, we’d need the sunshine, for the chlorophyll but there is no sign of spring not a thiny bud and what is more it has been snowing for 2 days and the weather forecast is not so optimistic for Easter as well!
We will be for lots of rain and the temperature will remain bellow zero (during the nights) which is not normal for the time of the season.
But anyway….to fulfil my hunger for green this delicate green tea matcha layer cake occured to me what I ate last time in Japan and loved it very much. Here it is the recipe from my Japanese sister- in-law:

Green tea layer cake

Ingredients: 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 4 teaspoons powdered green tea, 1 1/4 cups white sugar, 1 cup vegetable oli, 3 eggs, 1 cup plain joghurt, 11/2 teaspoon of vanilla extractm 11/4 cups confectioners sugar, 2 teaspoons of powdered green tea, 2 knobs butter, softened, 1 package cream cheese, softened, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 11/2 teaspoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 F (175 degrees) Grease and flour 2-9 inch round pans.

Sift together the all purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, salt, green tea powder, set aside. In a large bowl beat together sugar, oil, and eggs until smooth.

Stir in 11/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Beat in the flour mixture alternatively with the joghurt, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the cake comes put clean. Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes before turning out of the pans.

539128_10150673692139219_685199218_9515336_1836667882_nTo make the green tea frosting: sift together confectioner sugar and green tea powder. In a medium bowl, combine tea powder mixture with butter, cream cheese, vanilla, milk. If it necessary beat ingredients with an electric mixeruntil smooth. to assemble the cakes: when the cakes are completely cooled put one layer on a flat serving plate. Spread a thin layer of frosting over it. Place the other layer of cake on top, and spread frosting to cover the top and sides of cake. Dust with green tea powder if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Other version for the icing: sift the powdered suger with the green tea powder in a bowl. In a second bowl mix the sugar with butter, cream cheese or joghurt, vanilla extract and milk. Beat until smooth with an electric mixer. Spread icing on the cooled cakes, distributing evenly. To enhance the appearance you could sprinkle small amount of the green tea powder on top.