Matcha Tea and Pistachio Cupcakes (GF)

Matcha and Pistachio Cupcakes

In need of a tea break? These gluten-free Matcha tea and pistachio cupcakes are delicate in flavour and make the perfect accompaniment to have with a cup of tea or maybe planning a wedding or celebration.

Cupcake Ingredients:

110g / 4oz softened butter
110g / 4oz caster sugar
110g / 4oz gluten-free self-raising flour
¼ teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Matcha tea powder
2 large eggs

Buttercream Ingredients:

225g / 8oz icing sugar
110g / 4oz butter
1 dessert spoon water
1 teaspoon Matcha tea powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Rose buds, to decorate

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / Fan 160°C / 350°F / Gas 4


1. Line a muffin tray with paper cases and place on one side.

2. Next place the butter and caster sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

3. Add the flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, Matcha powder and eggs and whisk until evenly blended.

4. Spoon the mixture into each paper case and bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

5. Meanwhile, to make the buttercream icing, whisk the butter until light and fluffy and add the icing sugar a spoonful at a time. Pour in the water, Matcha powder and vanilla extract and whisk until evenly blended.

6. Using a piping bag and medium nozzle, pipe the buttercream over the top of the cooled cupcakes. Decorate with some chopped pistachio nuts and a single rose bud.

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    Midgie April 2, 2016 (7:30 pm)

    Oooh these look lovely! Matcha powder is on my list to try!

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      Kate Hardie April 3, 2016 (7:38 am)

      Thank you! I was the same and now want to experiment with it even more. 🙂

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    Vicki Montague April 5, 2016 (3:45 pm)

    These look beautiful! I still haven’t experimented with matcha tea. I have been trying to avoid the ‘trend’ but might just have to bite the bullet!!! How are things?

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      Kate Hardie April 6, 2016 (7:25 am)

      Thank you! I really loved the flavour providing you don’t overpower the cakes. Ocado sent me some to review so this is the first of my experimentation 🙂 Hope you are well. x

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    Honest Mum April 6, 2016 (10:43 pm)

    These are seriously the most beautiful cupcakes I’ve ever seen! Just wow! Thanks for linking up to #Tastytuesdays

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      Kate Hardie April 7, 2016 (10:26 am)

      Thank you very much! Looking forwards to linking up to #Tastytuesdays again soon 🙂

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    emma amoscato April 7, 2016 (7:52 pm)

    These are so pretty. I’ve never tried Matcha tea powder but it sounds very interesting. #freefromfriayds

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      Kate Hardie April 11, 2016 (8:09 am)

      Thanks Emma, curiosity got the better of me! It’s really nice just as a cuppa too 🙂

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    Harshita Kapur April 8, 2016 (11:11 am)

    Such an incredible recipe…your clicks are absolutely gorgeous!! I would try these once I’m able to find matcha powder 🙂

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      Kate Hardie April 11, 2016 (8:12 am)

      Thank you Harshita. Some of the main supermarkets stock it or if not you can order it online through Amazon. x

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