Matcha Castella (Japanese Green Tea Cake)

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Try making matcha castella (Japanese green tea cake) with this easy recipe! The light texture is achieved by mixing the batter until airy and baking slowly. Enjoy the delicious Japanese cake once it’s ready!

2 slices of matcha castella on a plate

Castella is a popular traditional Japanese sponge cake known for its moist and fluffy texture, rectangular shape, and beautiful brown top. It’s enjoyed by people of all ages, from children to the elderly.

This recipe adds matcha powder to the traditional castella cake, enhancing its Japanese flavor. If you’re a matcha dessert fan, you’ll love it!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love matcha and green tea.
  • You love Japanese castella cake.
  • You are looking for a matcha cake recipe.
  • You want to make a Japanese castella cake.

All right, let me show you how to make it. If you want to check the recipe, please jump to the recipe card below. Let’s get started!

About This Recipe

  • Japanese green tea cake
  • Use matcha powder
  • Easy recipe with five ingredients.
  • The total time: 50 minutes

What is Castella?

castella cake

Castella cake (or kasutera cake) is a fluffy sponge cake that originated during the 16th century. It is made with simple ingredients such as eggs, sugar, flour, and honey or syrup. The batter is beaten for a long time to create a fluffy texture, then baked slowly.

Castella is often flavored with various ingredients such as green tea, cocoa powder, or fruit puree. It has a simple yet delicious flavor that has been loved by a lot of people in Japan for centuries.

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below). This green tea cake needs only 5 ingredients (6 including water) with simple ingredients.

ingredients for matcha castella
  • Matcha – Green tea powder. We use matcha powder made from green tea only. Please note that some matcha powder contains sugar. See more below.
  • Eggs – We use three eggs.
  • Sugar – Any sugar is ok. I use cane sugar in this recipe. Kurozato (Japanese black sugar), which has a deep flavor, is also good.
  • Wheat flour – You can use all-purpose flour, cake flour, bread flour, or rice flour (gluten-free).
  • Honey
  • Water

Matcha

matcha powder

Matcha is made by grinding down Tencha green tea leaves into an ultra-fine powder.

With its vibrant, bright green color and deep, earthy flavor, matcha has become an icon of traditional Japanese culture. Matcha has been beloved in Japanese tea ceremonies, but it is also widely used as an ingredient for desserts and cooking.

Matcha has different grades based on quality. Ceremonial grade matcha has a great flavor and is more expensive than culinary grade matcha powder because it is made from the highest quality tea leaves. While the ceremonial grade is used for traditional tea ceremonies, the culinary grade is a good choice for making matcha latte and dessert at an affordable price.

🔪Instructions

Let me walk you through the instructions. Click here to watch the Matcha Castella recipe video.

instructions for making matcha castella

Set oven temperature to 180C/356F. Place parchment paper on a square cake pan (or loaf pan).

  1. Put eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl, place it over a tray with a hot water bath (or a double boiler), and whip a hand mixer (or a stand mixer) on high speed for 3 to 4 minutes or until the egg mixture reaches soft peaks.
  2. Mix wet ingredients (honey and water) in a small bowl, add it to the large bowl, and whip on low speed until combined.
  3. Add dry ingredients (flour and matcha) and stir with a spatula until it becomes a smooth batter.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the cake pan, tap the pan a few times to break the air bubbles, and bake for 15 minutes at 180C/356F.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes at 160C/320F.
  6. Wrap the cake with plastic wrap and leave for half a day (It will be more moist and tasty)
2 slices of matcha castella on a plate

The matcha sponge cake is now ready to be served! Take a slice and savor every bite of this delightful sponge cake. Enjoy!

Helpful Tips

  • Let your eggs come to room temperature before using them in your cake batter because they blend more easily with the other ingredients.
  • If the surface color is not brown enough, please extend the baking time until brown.
  • You can eat the cake right away, but it will be more moist and tasty by leaving it for a half day.
  • If you want a fluffy texture similar to chiffon cakes, beat the egg whites and egg yolks separately.

Storage

many slices of Japanese castella cake in a container

Once you cut it, put the slices in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

You can also freeze them. Wrap each piece in cling wrap and keep them in the freezer for one month. When eating, warm it in the microwave; it will be fluffy again.

Variations

Slices of castella cake on a round plate.

These variations sound delicious and are sure to add some unique flavors to your Castella cake. Enjoy!

  • Plain Castella: Discard matcha powder
  • Chocolate Castella: Add 1 Tbsp Cacao powder
  • Strawberry Castella: Add 1 Tbsp strawberry puree
  • Sweet Potato Castella: Add 1 Tbsp Japanese sweet potato puree

You can also add a little pure vanilla extract for extra flavor.

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many slices of matcha castella on an oval plate

It’s a fluffy and moist Japanese cake with a taste of matcha tea. Why don’t you satisfy your sweet tooth by treating yourself to this delicious treat? I hope you like the recipe!

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Matcha Castella (Japanese Green Tea Cake)

5 from 4 votes
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 14 slices
Author: JURI
Try making matcha castella (Japanese green tea cake) with this easy recipe! The light texture is achieved by mixing the batter until airy and baking slowly. Enjoy the delicious Japanese cake once it's ready!

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs
  • 70 g Sugar, 120ml
  • 1/2 tbsp Honey, 30g
  • 2 tbsp Water, 30g
  • 100 g All-purpose flour, 190ml
  • 1 tbsp Matcha Powder, 10g

Instructions

  • Preparation: Preheat oven to 180C/356F. Place parchment paper on a square cake pan.
  • Whip eggs: Put eggs and sugar in a large bowl, place it over a tray with hot water (or a double boiler), and whip using a hand mixer on high speed for 3 to 4 minutes or until the mixture is thick.
  • Add honey: Mix honey and water in a small bowl, add it to the large bowl and whip on low speed until combined.
  • Add flour: Sift the all-purpose flour and matcha powder and stir with a spatula until combined.
  • Bake at 180C/356F: Pour the batter into the cake pan, tap the pan a few times to let the air out, and bake for 15 minutes at 180C/356F. 
  • Bake at 160C/320F: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes at 160C/320F
  • Wrap: Let the cake cool, remove the parchment paper, wrap it in plastic wrap, turn it upside down and leave it for at least half a day before cutting.

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Notes

  • Storage: It will last 3 to 4 days in the fridge and one month in the freezer.
  • Substitute: You can substitute all-purpose flour with cake flour, bread flour, and rice flour.
  • Let your eggs come to room temperature before using them in your cake batter because they blend more easily with the other ingredients.
    You can eat the cake right away, but it will be more moist and tasty by leaving it for a half day.
  • When baking, if the surface color is not brown enough, please extend the baking time until brown.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2.1g | Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 39.9mg | Sodium: 15.4mg | Sugar: 7.4g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: castella cake, matcha desserts
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