June 15, 2022

Matcha Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
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Matcha Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream are sweet, fluffy green tea-flavored cupcakes topped with luscious homemade raspberry frosting. Make this tasty, unique dessert in just 35 minutes.

If you want more delicious cupcakes with buttercream, then you've come to the right place! Try my Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes and my Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream next.

matcha cupcakes on a serving board

What I love most about these Matcha Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream (besides the taste) is the stunning contrast between the green cupcake and the pink frosting. These cupcakes are sure to be the most interesting treat on the dessert table! With a distinct but delicate earthy flavor from the matcha, these moist, tender cupcakes will definitely stand out from the rest.

Raspberry preserves give the cupcakes a natural pink frosting that you'll be scraping the bowl to enjoy. The raspberry buttercream frosting is a perfect dollop of sweetness for a perfectly balanced snack.

cupcakes on a table with berries

What is matcha?

Matcha is made from dried green tea leaves and is then ground into a powder. In taste, it's a bit bitter and earthy yet still smooth. I really enjoy matcha lattes and matcha in baked goods like brownies, cookies, and these cupcakes. The matcha adds a really pretty flavor that is unparalleled.

There are two different kinds of matcha - culinary and ceremonial matcha. Ceremonial matcha is made from young tea leaves and is reserved for drinking.

When I think of matcha, my first thought is the famous Starbucks drink but the matcha powder used to make Matcha Cupcakes is different from what is used to create the frothy beverage. For this green tea cupcake recipe, we use culinary-grade matcha instead of the latte mix.

a matcha cupcake with a bite taken out of it.

Ingredients for Matcha Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

This list of ingredients may seem lengthy but I guarantee that you already have most of what you need!

Matcha Cupcakes

  • Flour: This baking essential is necessary for the structure of the cupcake.
  • Baking powder: This helps the cupcake rise.
  • Salt: A little salt helps to balance out the flavor.
  • Matcha: This is key to the flavor and color of these cupcakes.
  • Sugar: For an added taste of sweetness.
  • Butter: Use room temperature butter.
  • Eggs: This binds all of the ingredients together.
  • Oil: Cupcakes need a bit of fat but vegetable oil keeps it light.
  • Sour cream: The inclusion of fats results in moist, fluffy cupcakes. (This is the secret ingredient in most of my cupcake recipes!)
  • Vanilla extract: This enhances all the other flavors.
  • Milk: I suggest using whole milk for a fluffier cupcake.

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

Brighten up these matcha cupcakes with a delicious raspberry frosting. All you need is the following:

  • Butter room
  • Powdered sugar
  • Raspberry preserves 
  • Raspberry extract (optional)
  • Milk
matcha cupcakes on a table with a tea cup and berries.

How to Make Matcha Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

Matcha Cupcakes

Firstly, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Cream together the sugar, butter, and oil until the mixture is light and fluffy. This should take about 3-5 minutes. Then add sour cream and vanilla extract and continue to mix.

Add each egg, one at a time, mixing for about 30 seconds between adding the next. Pour in milk and mix until fully incorporated. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and matcha. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together.

Fill each muffin cup with muffin/cupcake liners. Add about 2 ½ tbsps of batter to each cup, the cup should be filled about ¾. 

Bake for 23-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the matcha cupcakes to cool completely before adding buttercream. 

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting for Matcha Cupcakes

While the cupcakes are baking, make the buttercream by adding butter to the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat until light and fluffy and add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. 

Then add raspberry preserves and mix until smooth. Next, slowly add milk and raspberry extract (optional). 

Add buttercream to a piping bag with your favorite piping top and pipe raspberry buttercream on top of the matcha cupcakes. Finally, enjoy! 

How to Store Leftover Cupcakes

These cupcakes are best enjoyed within a day or two. Store cupcakes on the countertop at room temperature or refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Of note, cupcakes stored in the refrigerator tend to dry out a bit quicker, so I do not recommend storing these lemon raspberry cupcakes in the fridge unless absolutely necessary.

If storing on the countertop, be sure that the cupcakes are out of the sun so that the buttercream does not melt!

cupcakes on a table with berries

Tips!

  • Be sure to use quality culinary grade matcha! Do not use matte latte mix, it's not the same thing.
  • You can make these cupcakes 3 days ahead of when you need them but do not add the raspberry buttercream. Store them in the refrigerator and add the icing just before serving.
  • Measure your ingredients properly to get the most consistent bake! See here on how to do so.

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matcha cupcakes on a table with a tea cup and berries.

Matcha Cupcakes

Matcha Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream are sweet, fluffy green tea-flavored cupcakes topped with luscious homemade raspberry frosting. Make this tasty, unique dessert in just 35 minutes.
Serving: 16 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Calories: 416kcal

Equipment

  • Cupcake/Muffin Pan
  • Cupcake/Muffin Liners
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Piping Bags optional

Ingredients

Matcha Cupcakes

  • cup Flour
  • tsp Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • tbsps Matcha
  • cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Butter room temperature
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsps Oil
  • 3 tbsps Sour cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Milk

Raspberry Buttercream

  • 2 sticks Butter room temperature (1 cup)
  • 3 cups Powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup Raspberry preserves 
  • 1 tsp Raspberry extract optional
  • 2 tbsps Milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Cream together sugar butter and oil until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes, then add sour cream and vanilla extract and continue to mix.
  • Add each egg, one at a time, mixing for about 30 seconds between adding the next. Pour in milk and mix until fully incorporated. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and matcha. Add to wet ingredients and fold together.
  • Fill each muffin cup with muffin/cupcake liners. Add about 2 ½ tbsps of batter to each cup, the cup should be filled about ¾. 
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before adding buttercream. 
  • While cupcakes are cooking, make the buttercream by adding butter to the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat until light and fluffy and add powdered sugar, one cup at a time. 
  • Add raspberry preserves and mix until smooth, then slowly add milk and raspberry extract (optional). 
  • Add buttercream to piping bag with your favorite piping top and pipe raspberry buttercream on top of the matcha cupcakes and enjoy! 

Nutrition

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Keyword buttercream frosting, dessert, green tea, green tea cupcakes, matcha, matcha cupcakes, matcha raspberry cupcakes, raspberry buttercream

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