Tuesday, September 21, 2010

green tea and chocolate cakies

while in culinary school i made a celebration cake
which i called sakura
(yes i name my projects)
 it had a cherry blossom tree
with a chocolate trunk and fondant flowers
it was coated in
green tea buttercream
i figured
it would be a good combination
green tea and chocolate

this was before it was
 to mix odd flavors

i personally considered it a bit gutsy
when i feel i am eating too many sweets and chocolate
i sit with a cup of green tea
to curb my craving

i have found
it to be a lovely combination
and what is better than
tea with cake and cake with tea?
green tea chocolate cakies
1 recipe of your favorite devil's food cake
italian buttercream icing
(printable recipe)
(if you have a favorite icing, use it and add the matcha)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
4 egg whites--room temperature
2 cups unsalted butter--room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs matcha green tea powder
place egg whites and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment
combine 3/4 cup of granulated sugar with water in a heavy saucepan.  bring to a boil over medium heat and continue cooking until it reaches 235 (just before soft ball)
meanwhile, while the sugar is boiling, begin whisking the egg whites.  once frothy, "rain" in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar.  whip to soft peak.
when syrup reaches 235, remove from heat (it will continue to get hotter and reach the desired 240f). with the mixer on medium speed, begin immediately pouring the hot syrup into the egg whites.  be careful not to hit the whisk directly.  once all the syrup is incorporated, kick the speed up to high and whisk until it cools to room temperature.
change the attachment from whisk to paddle, and begin adding butter, a few bits at a time.  once all incorporated and it looks like buttercream, mix in the vanilla and matcha green tea powder.
*if you like a more pronounced flavor you can add a bit more matcha, but don't be too heavy handed
for the chocolate glaze
(printable recipe)
1 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces
4 Tbs unsalted butter
1 Tbs corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
place the chocolate, butter and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl.  cook in the microwave for 30 seconds. remove and stir. if it needs more time, do it in 5 second intervals.  do not let it overheat.  stir in vanilla.
to assemble
split your cakes in layers and fill with a 1/4" layer of green tea buttercream.  refrigerate if needed to firm up a bit.
place your cake or cakies on a cooling rack over a lined cookie sheet
pour the warm chocolate glaze over tapping the rack lightly to encourage the glaze to ooze over the sides.  use a clean offset spatula to fill in any bare spots. let the glaze harden at room temperature
decorate with a bit more buttercream
one last thing
congratulate yourself for eating something so healthy
(don't argue with me--green tea is good for you and so is dark chocolate)


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