Matcha Marble Cake
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A simple marbled cake made with cocoa and green tea (matcha) powder.
Serves: 12-15 pieces
  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature and cubed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons matcha powder
  • powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease and line an 8x8-inch cake pan. Set aside. Whisk together your flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Beat together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until each is fully incorporated. Add in the vanilla and mix again, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Combine the milk and sour cream, then add it alternating with the flour mixture, starting and ending with the flour (so add ⅓ of the flour, ½ of the milk + sour cream mixture, ⅓ of the flour, the rest of the milk mixture, then the rest of the flour), but don't overmix.
  4. Place half of your batter into another bowl (I just used the same bowl I mixed and milk and sour cream in together). In one bowl of batter, add in your ⅓ cup of cocoa powder. In the other bowl, add in 2-3 tablespoons of matcha powder (depending on how strong you want your cake to taste - you can taste a bit of the batter and decide from there).
  5. Mix each bowl of batter well, then place dollops of the batter alternating in your prepared pan (see the photos above). Use a spatula to swirl the batters together for a marbled effect, then bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake is set. Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing and serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at