The BEST Matcha Cake with Matcha Green Tea Frosting... made healthier!

Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Frosting

This healthy Matcha Cake is so light and fluffy, it only makes sense to top it with a thick, sweet, and rich Matcha Frosting.  It doesn’t taste guilt free, sugar free, low fat, high protein, or whole grain at all!

Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Green Tea Frosting

When I was in high school I went vegan for about a year.  I loved how it was a challenge.  And surprisingly, I loved tofu.  Strange, right?

The most memorable moment for me during that year was going to Barnes & Noble to buy some vegan cookbooks.  My favorite cookbook at the time was Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.  It was filled with every sinful carby confection imaginable.  I probably baked my way through the entire cookbook in a span of 2 months.

I found that with every recipe I baked, I wanted to eat the entire batch!  Not just two cupcakes, and not three…  the ENTIRE. BATCH.

At the time, I didn’t know why I felt that way.  But after learning more about nutrition and doing some research, I finally discovered the reason behind me wanting to eat ALLLL the cupcakes:  they were nutritionally unbalanced!

Most recipes call for processed all-purpose flour, lots of sugar, and vegan “butter.”  Just a few things your tastebuds love and your abs hate.

Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Green Tea Frosting

My favorite recipe from the book was their Matcha Cupcakes.  I decided to remake it.  Only this time, healthier.  I replaced the:

• white flour with whole wheat flour + protein powder
• canola oil with applesauce
• sugar with granulated erythritol + stevia extract

I also added more vanilla extract and almond extract for flavor, plus some extra matcha powder for a more vibrant green color.

Compared to the original recipe, this healthier Matcha Cake has fewer calories, less fat, less sugar, more fiber, and more protein!

And you know what that means?  Unlike the original recipe, THIS Matcha Cake will make you fuller faster, and keep you full for a longer period of time.  You’ll actually feel satisfied after one slice of cake, rather than the entire thing!

Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Green Tea Frosting

Don’t you just love the green color of both the cake and frosting??  I find it strangely appetizing…  there’s something ’bout that green-on-green action!

This healthy Matcha Cake is light, fluffy, and moist.  You’d never know it’s 100% whole wheat, sugar free, low fat, and packs a punch of protein!

And how could I forget the FROSTING?!?  The sweet and creamy and deliciously rich FROSTING!

Just like the cake, the frosting is naturally colored a beautiful green from matcha green tea and matcha green tea alone.  No artificial food colorings here!  It may call for a strange grouping of ingredients, but I promise you, it’s just as smooth and creamy as those prepackaged tubs of Pillsbury frosting.

Of course, you’re free to frost the cake however you please — Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (maybe with a tablespoon of matcha added?), Vanilla Protein Frosting, Chocolate Protein Frosting, Strawberry Frosting, etc.  🙂

Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Green Tea Frosting

Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Green Tea Frosting
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Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Frosting

Servings: 2 8" cake layers
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 45 mins

Ingredients

Cake:

Frosting:

Instructions

For the Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and spray two 8" cake pans with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, starch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, eggs, applesauce, vanilla extract, stevia extract, and almond extract.  Whisk until smooth.  Then whisk in the erythritol, protein powder, and matcha powder. Whisk until smooth.
  • Dump the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and whisk together until JUST mixed through. Be careful not to overmix!
  • Pour the batter evenly between the two pans. Bake for ~24 minutes, or until the surface of the cakes spring back when tapped.  Let cool completely.

For the Frosting:

  • In a high-speed blender (I used my NutriBullet), add the cottage cheese and cream cheese. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the vanilla paste, stevia extract, and almond extract, and blend again.
  • Add the protein powder and matcha powder and blend until smooth. If it's too thick to blend, scrape it all into a bowl and whisk by hand, or use a hand mixer. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled throughout.
  • Frost the cake, refrigerate for ~1 hour for the frosting to firm, then slice, serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 slice = 1/10th of cake (does not include frosting)
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 225mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 2.5g
Protein 8.5g 17%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 9%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake & Cupcakes
Keyword: Cream Cheese, High Protein, Low Fat, Matcha, Sugar Free

Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Green Tea Frosting

Enjoy the green!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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23 comments on “Healthy Matcha Cake with Matcha Frosting”

  1. how pretty can that green be… the cake looks so gorgeous and delicious!

  2. I’d rather have this than a cupcake any day of the week. So beautiful, what with that vivid green hue. Plus, I love the earthy-sweet taste of that lovely tea.

  3. Ooh this looks delicious and so healthy. I’ve never tried matcha-flavored cake… I’ll have to try it out sometime!

  4. YUM, that looks GOOD! Gorgeous pictures too! Now you got me wanting to make a green tea cake…

  5. Love this! And I’ve been inspired to feature your cake in my Friday Food Fetish roundup and on Pinterest. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next and please let me know if you have any objections…

  6. I really enjoy Matcha!! I was wondering what substitutions you would recommend to make this gluten-free.

  7. Hey Jessica,
    I am currently a year 12 student studying food technology. I really loved the look of your recipe and it is a perfect fit for the research I am doing. So I am just wondering is it possible for me to ask you a few questions for my research?

  8. Thank you so much Jess!
    The theme of my design is Tofu festival and I am to create 5 dishes using tofu as an ingredient, 2 desserts and 3 savoury. so here are my questions:

    1. what sort of desserts would you recommend that uses tofu as an ingredient and can incorporate both western and eastern styles?

    2. why did you use tofu in your Matcha Green Tea Cake recipe?

    3. what other types of tofu products would you recommend?

    4. what are 3 tips you would recommend to make successful desserts using tofu?

    Again thank you so much jess and hope this does not take too much of your time. Sorry for any inconveniences.

    • Line-
      Sounds interesting! Here are my responses:

      1. What sort of desserts would you recommend that uses tofu as an ingredient and can incorporate both western and eastern styles?

      Even though I used tofu in this recipe’s cake, I would actually recommend using tofu in no-bake applications like mousse or frosting. It’s flavor is very neutral and can be overpowered with things like peanut butter and chocolate. My favorite recipes using tofu are my Chocolate Mousse, Peanut Butter Mousse and Maple-Cinnamon Frosting.

      2. Why did you use tofu in your Matcha Green Tea Cake recipe?

      Strangely enough, tofu works as an egg replacer! It adds moisture to the cake, while also adding bulk and some lift.

      3. What other types of tofu products would you recommend?

      Now that I am educated about genetically modified foods and the negative effects of GM soy, I recommend using organic tofu. For my favorite mousse recipes, I use organic extra firm tofu.

      4. What are 3 tips you would recommend to make successful desserts using tofu?
      Now that I only use extra firm tofu, I recommend opening the package, draining the liquid, giving it a rinse and then drain it again. Press the tofu block in between a few paper towels to remove the liquid trapped inside the tofu, then get cooking! When it comes to making savory dishes (like fried rice with tofu, always always always drain as much liquid out of the tofu as possible so it can get crispy rather than soggy).

      I hope this helps! Good luck on your design! 😀
      -Jess

  9. Thank you so much Jess! it was very helpful. I will just have to reference you in my research and take some ideas from your recipes because they look absolutely brilliant, is that okay?

    Gosh, I get so hungry just by looking at the photos and I will definitely try to make some at home.
    Again, thank you so much for your help!

    Lin

  10. Hey Jess, 

    Just wondering if there are any subs I could use in place of the protein powder? And if I would be able to sub in rice malt syrup instead of the honey/agave 🙂

    Thanks!

    • The protein powder in the cake is essential for the texture (it acts somewhat like a flour). It thickens the frosting too. If you feel like doing some recipe testing, you can try replacing the protein powder in the cake with more flour. I don’t think the protein powder can be replaced though.
      I’ve never used rice malt syrup before, but if it acts like other liquid sweeteners like honey or agave, then it’ll work just fine 🙂
      -Jess

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  12. I diligently followed the recipe for the healthy matcha green tea cake and the result is very disappointing. The batter seemed to lack moisture, it did not flow into the pan, but had to be spooned in. Not having baked with tofu and yogurt, I didn’t make changes. The cake rose some, but was hard and dry. Suggestions for improvement?

    • Hmmm that’s strange… I made this cake not that long ago and it worked out fine. Did you use a kitchen scale and use the weights stated in the recipe? And did you substitute any ingredients? The batter should be pourable, not scoopable…

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  15. This is looking delicious. I would love to bake this for the coming occasion Thanks for sharing the recipe

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