So with mom's supplement fixation you would think she takes a lot of vitamins herself, but No Sir E Bob, all she takes is a dinky little multi-vitamin, and she hardly eats the healthiest diet. Yeah she tells us that she loves fruit and rides her bike a lot, but we live with her and we see her shoveling in the cheese poofs not to mention the recipes she has posted on the blog. Sheesh!
So we have been telling her to try to get some antioxidants into her diet, like Green Tea. After all she loves Japan: sushi, bubble tea, Hayao Miyazaki, and the late Dr. Z's geisha costume was her favorite of our Halloween outfits:
A few months ago mom bought some Matcha (green tea powder) at the Mitsuwa
Japanese market place in Edgewater. She highly recommends this market to any NJ residents its filled with tons of cool Japanese stuff: tasty Ramen, bubble tea, cute plastic models of food, and Hello Kitty shaped marshmallows. So this weekend she used it to make Green Tea Cupcakes (not sure if the antioxidants are still healthy when combined with all that butter and sugar).
Green Tea Cupcakes with Green Tea Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3/4 cups self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line 1 (1/2 cup-12 capacity) muffin tins with cupcake papers.
In a small bowl, combine the flours and green tea powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
1 eight oz packages cream cheese,softened slightly,cut into small pieces
1/2 stick unsalted butter,softened slightly,cut into small pieces
1 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder
3 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
Beat cream cheese and butter on medium for three minutes until smooth. Beat in the green tea powder. Gradually add the sugar and beat until a good consistency.
Frost the cupcakes.
Mom note: If you want to give the power of green tea antioxidant to your pooch I found this supplement and I've ordered it in every size for my hounds and will review it soon.