Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tasty Tuesday-Treats for Peeps Green Tea Cupcakes

Mom is big on giving us hounds ANTIOXIDANTS as part of our diet and supplement regime.  In fact we think its her favorite word, any canine food stuff sprouting that word has mom chomping at the bit.   She regularly gives us Curcumin, Fish Oil, Sardines, Fresh Fruits and Veggies in addition to supplement mixes like: Organic Pet Superfood: Immunity, Nupro Gold, Pet Kelp, Cranimals, Honest Kitchen Invigor, and Dr. Harvey's Golden Year.   Mom gets all the mixes from Olive Green Dog they have a geriatric section on their website and she rotates the mixes to make sure we don't get to much of one particular herb.  (Mom read that rotating supplements was a good idea on the Dog Aware
website.

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:

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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.


Ingredients:
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. 

 

14 comments:

  1. LOL!!! fantastic, god i would die to eat that cupcake right now :P xxx

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  2. I agree with Charlene - as always the food here is looking VERY tasty :-)

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  3. I have a great blueberry green tea smoothie recipe ...I keep saying I am going to make it for breakfast, but never do. These look yummy!

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  4. I love seeing all your recipes! Those cupcakes look
    delicious!
    Stewey

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  5. Those green tea cupcakes look yummy. I bet my hu-sister, vegetarian, would love them. We'll make sure she gets the recipe! Thanks

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

    PeeS: Interesting stuff, those supplements. Something to look into for sure.

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  6. Ooh, green tea cupcakes! You're lucky to have a local place to buy your Matcha..I need to find it online, and thus have not yet.

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  7. Those look really nice and tasty. Now I really want some cupcakes.

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  8. Your pups are so lucky to have you. They sound so well nourished and taken care of :0) I can't WAIT to try these - and you've given me a dog treat idea!!It might take me some time to get 'er done (blogpaws and then a vacation is coming) but I'm excited to try it.

    PS - we would be honoured if you would do a Tasty Tuesday guest post over at Kol's Notes while we are away! E-mail us at kolchakpuggle @ gmail . com if you are interested!!

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  9. What a great recipe. I will definitely have to try this, for Zoe and her fur friend neighbors. I bet they'll go crazy for these cupcakes.

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  10. Hey Urban Hounds, Jet here.

    Mom thinks your Mom is way cool to give you all those supplements... Me... the jury is still out... as long as you can't don't know... maybe...

    Oh you busted Mom, we're giggling a little over here... Mom has something called empathy (vocab builder)for her... wonder why???

    Oh, for one of Mom's cooking classes @ UMiami, (thai theme) she used this recipe... the class enjoyed the outcome immensely. (they used unsweetened coconut and sucanat! http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaidesserts/r/greenteacoccake.htm She thought you might enjoy the recipe too, in light of your post today!

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  11. Looks amazing! And good for you

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  12. We feel ya, Urban Hounds! We get only the best foods, supplements and care while mom eats chicken nuggets and French fries! She doesn't even bike either.
    Mom read about doing green tea soaks to help with itchy paws but that's the extent of her green tea knowledge. She is on the hunt for a better probiotic though if you have any recommendations.

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