Amazing Green Tea Cake

Welcome spring with this lovely spring cake – Amazing Green Tea Cake that’s naturally colored and flavored with matcha green tea! Also, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s March and all the recipes I see so far on the blogging world are green – could it be because it’s almost spring, or perhaps Lenten season is getting near or it could be the Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day…. I thought once I see green all over – it’s time to experiment and make my Green Tea Cake!

This is my first attempt at making a Green Tea Cake. I have a can of Matcha Green Tea that’s been sitting on our cupboard for a while now and been waiting for me to use it for something, anything…. I thought a Green cake might be nice and so here it is…

I am quite happy with the results of this experiment, to be honest. It’s good as is. I will just note that if you wish more of a less sweet cake and more of the Green Tea taste then perhaps you can lessen the sugar content. But if you’re not bothered and you just love the green color then bake it as usual.

You can truly make this into a lower-fat version too if you use yogurt instead of sour cream and as you can see I only use light Olive oil too and not as much oil either (only 1/3 cup) though I would try next time to see if there’s much difference in texture if I use about 1/2 cup of oil… This cake is a little denser than your usual cake but still quite moist because of the yogurt in it….most of all – it’s truly flavorful! So enjoy a slice or two with a cup of tea or coffee!

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2 cups Flour
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 Tablespoons – Matcha Green tea powder
2 teaspoon Baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup / 8 oz tub sour cream (you may sub plain or Greek (plain) yogurt)
3 large Eggs
1/3 cup Olive oil (light or the
fruity version)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (optional, if you don’t have it at hand)


Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Lightly grease a bundt pan.

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Whisk or sift them together. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the sour cream just until combined. Pour in the oil and the extracts and mix together.

Mix the wet ingredients with the dry. I don’t use a mixer for this. I just fold it all in but you can blend it all in a mixer too, just don’t overbeat it.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean or with only a few crumbs clinging to it. Let it cool in the pan for about 20 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool

Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar if you like. Enjoy your Green Tea Cake with a cuppa!

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Last updated on March 6th, 2020 at 09:09 pm



  1. March 8, 2013 / 8:53 pm

    Bundt cake looks amazing!! It has got lovely color and texture.. Yum!

    • March 10, 2013 / 2:26 am

      Thanks, Divya! So glad it came out right! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. March 8, 2013 / 10:05 pm

    Hi. Have as well a box of Matcha at home. Made green tea ice cream with it. Really good. Have actually been thinking of making cookies. Yours look great

    • March 10, 2013 / 2:28 am

      Thanks, Mumsfilibaba. Matcha Green tea is amazing, I can imagine how yummy your ice cream must be!

  3. March 9, 2013 / 5:45 am

    Hello Manila Spoon! Thanks for this wonderful idea. I was thinking of a new and good idea to put on a menu for a cocktail area fro weddings and birthday and Im glad I saw your entry! Might give it a try since summer nah and people would love a healthy yet delicious tea cake like this! More power for your posts!

    • March 10, 2013 / 2:29 am

      Thanks, Micole, hope you enjoy it and glad you came by!

  4. March 9, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    this looks delish!

  5. March 10, 2013 / 10:57 pm

    Love how creative you are! I never would have thought to make a green tea cake. Looks great though, and I hope I remember to get some green tea next time I go shopping.

    • March 14, 2013 / 1:31 am

      I was happy it turned out great! I love this cake, thanks Steph!

  6. March 11, 2013 / 4:30 am

    Ooh, I'm a green tea fan…green tea anything is super good! Love this cake idea, and had to save it into my files of things to bake 🙂

    • March 14, 2013 / 1:32 am

      I fully agree, Amy. Hope you like it when you get the chance to try it.

  7. March 11, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    Hi Abby, This does look very nice indeed. Mumsfilibaba also shared a Matcha ice cream on FB a while ago, and that too looked nice! What I wanted to know is are you able to describe what this Matcha tea tastes like? I imagine Jasmine? or Earl grey ? I really have no idea at all! So I'm really curious.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring, yet again!
    Mary from Lovefoodies

    • March 14, 2013 / 1:34 am

      Mary, it's more of a green powder and I haven't used it for tea at all. I really got it for baking but perhaps I should try it for actually making tea! 🙂

    • March 14, 2013 / 1:31 pm

      ok, let us know what the tea tastes like once you've tried it. 🙂

    • March 16, 2013 / 2:53 pm

      Thanks, Daniela! I love this cake, too.

  8. Rachtanjuakio
    March 23, 2013 / 7:42 am

    Where did you buy the green tea?

  9. May 11, 2013 / 10:35 am

    hi, is it alright to use a regular cake pan instead of bundt pan?

    • December 10, 2013 / 2:14 am

      Yes, sorry for being so late in this response Letty. I missed your comment and yes, you can use another cake pan.

  10. December 8, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    can i ask where to buy macha tea in the manila? i want to do this also..can someone help? thanks in advance

    • December 10, 2013 / 2:15 am

      Marky, I am US-based so I really don't know. Sorry. Perhaps someone else will see this and know the answer.

  11. March 5, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Glad to discover your site. We share the same passion for food and cooking! Just like you, spring inspires me to bake! Love the vibrant green color of your matcha cake. I have to make this soon. Thanks for the idea 🙂

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