A Taste of The Tropics: Mizuba Matcha Kiwi Cake in Hawaii


April 25, 2016

Dreaming of a tropical beach, somewhere far away?

The wind in your hair, and all the exotic fruit at your hands to munch on? Us too. We’re fortunate enough to have lots of childhood memories of Poipuu beach and Waimanalo in Hawaii to rely on (haupia pudding smeared all over our faces, a can of Hawaiian Sun not far at hand...). So when we need to slow down with a sweet slice of relaxation, we immediately think of lazing in the sunshine with a large slice of MIZUBA MATCHA KIWI CAKE. 

This special Mizuba Matcha cake is brought to us by Mizuba Matcha loving sisters Oda, Tara and Nicole. Using Tara’s divinely fluffy vanilla cake recipe, Nicole brought pure Mizuba Matcha over to the islands, and combined it with Tara’s cake to elevate it an incredibly elegant creation – worthy of any spring or summer table centerpiece. The sisters chose fresh kiwi to adorn and nestle around the cake’s layers. The fruit brings a nice citrus punch to the richness of the white cake base.

“The fruit really brings a party of flavor from beginning to end of each bite,” says Nicole, “Matcha blends in the cake for a creamy, smooth component – perfect for rounding out the cake and frosting’s sweetness.” Both of these ingredients truly give the cake a developed, engaging taste – taking you from citrus and juicy, to sweet, milky and creamy with Mizuba's signature buttery matcha flavor throughout.

The simple, pure beauty of the cake comes from Tara’s seasoned design eye and taste from her experience with Passion Rootsa local floral design company in Oahu, Hawaii, that focuses on couture weddings and events. “The cake is easy to make and easy on the eyes; it will instantly become a party favorite!" Says Nicole.

Cut this cake into squares instead of slices for a more traditional Japanese tea cake aesthetic. Of course, enjoy with your favorite cup of Mizuba Matcha! Post your favorite #MatchaMoment to @MizubaTeaCo on Instagram – we’d love to see how you best enjoy this beautiful cake :) 

 Now that you’re as green as the cake with envy, don’t worry! Here’s the recipe!

  We only added matcha to the layer of frosting in the center for aesthetic appeal, but by all means if you want a complete green machine simply add matcha to all the frosting. 

Mizuba Matcha Kiwi Cake

Ingredients:
Cake
2 cups flour (almond, coconut, or oat flour are all good options)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs Culinary Organic Mizuba Matcha (more or less for desired shade of green)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar ||*can substitute coconut sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup whole milk

1 tsp vanilla
3-5 kiwis (or any desired fruit)
Two 6” x 3/4” cake pans
Spatulas
Two mixing bowls

Frosting
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
*1/2 tsp Mizuba Matcha for inner frosting layer

Method
Cake:
Preheat oven to 350º F
Grease cake pans generously (coconut oil works well) 

In medium bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking powder
In separate bowl using an electric mixer, cream butter and add sugar until texture is light and fluffy
Mix in one egg at a time, while scraping down batter from sides of the bowl to distribute evenly
Slowly combine flour mixture while mixing
Mix in vanilla and Mizuba matcha
Evenly distribute batter into two greased cake pans leaving 1/8-1/4” room at top for rising
Bake in oven for 33-35 minutes (for 9” pans bake for 28-30 minutes) or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and tops are golden brown
Let cool on cooling rack completely before icing

Frosting:
In a bowl, cream butter until smooth, add in powdered sugar and salt until combined
Slowly mix in milk until desired consistency is achieved and mix in vanilla
Separate small portion in a bowl and mix in desired amount of matcha powder for green frosting
Add more powder sugar if thicker frosting is desired

Cake Assembly
Once cakes are completely cooled, take a knife and slice off the tops of each cake to create a nice flat surface
With a spatula, ice outside bottom layer of cake, leaving top bare
Use matcha-green icing and ice the top of the bottom layer generously
Stack second cake layer on top
Ice outside and top of layer of cake
Peel and cut kiwis
Slice kiwis into thin rounds
Assemble kiwis on top of cake in desired design
Sprinkle Mizuba matcha on top of cake

Notes:
For a matcha green ombré design separate cake batter for each pan and mix in varying amounts of matcha
For a fuller kiwi/fruit punch to the cake pure 2-3 kiwis and add to cake batter
Cut in squares instead of pie slices for a more traditional Japanese tea cake aesthetic to pair with your Mizuba matcha tea.

Cake will hold well refrigerated for about a week.

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Tara Oda, based in Oahu, Hawaii, works for Passion Roots, a local floral design company focusing on couture weddings and events. Beyond extrapolating on her vanilla cake recipe, we utilized Tara’s floral design and aesthetic eye for the design presentation.
Photos by Tara Oda @passionrootstara
Mizuba matcha-kiwi recipe by Nicole + Tara Oda
Vanilla cake recipe by Tara Oda



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