Ah I’ll never forget the first time I took a sip of a creamy pale green matcha latte. Do you remember yours? And if you haven’t tried one, you’re seriously missing out, trust me!
Creamy matcha latte goodness | Pic via Amy Chaplin
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, I’ll give you a quick low down on this matcha malarkey. Unlike conventional green tea which is usually steeped in hot water and discarded, matcha is the result of grinding down the whole green tea leaf into a super fine and super potent vibrant green powder.
Super strong matcha tea powder | Pic via Eat Clean Tea
In large quantities, it’s bitter and highly concentrated, but combine it with hot water or frothy milk and it becomes an amazingly refreshing and invigorating drink. If you’ve never tried it, the only way I can think of describing the flavour is: complex, creamy, earthy, bitter, with a faintly sweet aftertaste…
Which, quite frankly my dears, makes it a rockstar ingredient in baking. Combine it with something sweet like white chocolate or zesty like lemon and you have a crazy good mix of contrasting flavours!
This is how our Triple Decker Mascarpone Matcha Latte Cake came into creation… We grabbed some of the best matcha tea powder we could lay our hands on, baked it into a cake and whipped it into our signature Swiss meringue buttercream… and then added chocolate brownie, red velvet, mascarpone cream cheese and white chocolate ganache for good measure! The result is a beautiful mix of sweet and creamy flavours with a distinctive green tea twist.
And if you needed any persuading to give matcha a go, here’s proof that our matcha cakes are basically a health food…
Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than conventional green tea
Because it’s made from the entire tea leaf, you get all the nutrients, vitamins, fibre and antioxidants. Which is what we need for cell renewal = everlasting youth right?!
Matcha is more effective than coffee
Shot for shot, it contains more caffeine than coffee, so you’ll get a better energy boost.
Matcha promotes mental clarity
The amino acid L-theanine that naturally occurs in green tea calms and relaxes the body, without you losing any focus. It’s also slow release across 6-8 hours so you won’t crash like you do with coffee.
Matcha burns calories
People who consume matcha daily have found their metabolism boosted by 35-40%, which means you’ll burn more calories than usual while you sit eating cake!
Matcha stabilises blood sugar levels
The dietary fibre it contains can help regulate insulin spikes… which, er, totally counteracts the sugar in the cake right?!