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  • February 08, 2016 2 min read

    Matcha green tea pound cake, delicious French-styled recipe with kuromame, sweet black soybeans

    Happy matcha Monday!

    It’s a brand new week full of positive opportunities and to keep your flow going strong, Kenko Tea has some delicious matcha recipes to share.

    Today we bring you a glorious dessert - Matcha Pound Cake à la Japonaise - from our lovely friend in Japan, Aya Sato, aka Ordinaire_Aya~

    Aya was born in Osaka but now is based in Kyoto where she teaches a one-day baking class that shows off her super baking talents. She graduated with the Excellence Award at the world famous Le Cordon Bleu for Patisserie Diploma and basics of French cuisines.

    Her baking knows no bounds and her passion for food sees her create amazing cakes, candies, pastries and desserts. Please check out Aya and her baking skills via her social media:

    Aya’s Japanese roots and French know are combined in today’s green tea pound cake recipe - the phrase “à la Japonaise” means “from Japan” in French after all. You’ll find this unique combination of light, fluffy French sponge and Japanese matcha easy to make and totally irresistible.

    You’ll also be mixing in kuromame, also known as sweet black soybeans. In Japan, these are traditionally served as a dessert, often on New Year’s Day as a part of Osechi Ryori, Japan’s New Year feast.

    Kuromame help the Japanese keep their weight down and stay healthy and they are super easy to make. Just follow this recipe here.

    Kuromame Sweet Black Soybean Japanese Cuisine

    The kuromame soybeans are traditionally cooked with iron nails to improve the colour. But if you want to skip that part, just follow this metal free recipe here :) or substitute with chocolate chips. It’s definitely the nice combo as well!

    Now, let’s get baking!

    Matcha Green Tea Pound Cake à la Japonaise


    • 100g Unsalted butter
    • 100g Powder sugar
    • 2g baking powder
    • 85g Egg
    • 95g Flour
    • 5g Matcha Powder
    • 80g Cooked Kuromame (Black Beans) (you can sub with choc chips)
    • Some syrup (to make it soft and moist when baked)


    1. Preheat the oven 180℃
    2. Put oven paper into the cake tin
    3. Sift the flour, Matcha, and the baking powder
    4. Remove unsalted butter and egg from the refrigerator 1 hour before
    5. Whip the butter until it’s whiten
    6. Add the sugar 3 times and whip well every time
    7. Add the egg 3 times and whip well every time
    8. Add the sifted flour, Matcha, baking powder, and cooked KUROMAME once
    9. Mix them well until it’s shiny by a spatula
    10. Put them all into the cake tin
    11. Bake it 40 minutes in the oven

    French-styled pound cake with matcha green tea, kuromame / chocolate chips

    Voilà! Doesn’t it look magnifique? It’s the soft, moist, dense and so delicious pound cake with the awesome twist of matcha and kuromame.

    This matcha green tea cake definitely deserves a place on your dinner table. Enjoy it!


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