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Red Bean And Matcha Cupcakes

Red Bean And Matcha Cupcakes

  • serves 2
  • 35 minutes
  • spend

People with a sweet-tooth may not think that Japanese food has much to tempt them. What they don’t know is that Japanese ingredients can be a great addition to desserts such as this recipe for Red Bean & Matcha Cupcakes.

The light sweet flavour of red beans and the delicate taste of matcha will give a great Japanese twist to this beloved desert. Enjoy cupcakes combining subtle Japanese flavours with Japanese tea, great as a special celebration treat for any young sweet fans at Shichi-Go-San!


For 6 Cupcakes
• 50g Flour
• 20g Kinako Soy Bean Flour
• 20g Sugar
• 30g Sweet Red Beans
• 1 tsp Baking Powder
• 100ml Milk
• 50ml Vegetable Oil

For the Matcha Green Tea Icing
• 1/2 tbsp Single Cream
• 1/4 tbsp Matcha Powder
• 75g Butter, softened
• 100g Sugar

Bento Decorating Pen (optional)

Suggested drink: Matcha Latte

How To Prepare

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 180°C. Next, combine the flour, soy bean flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and mix with a whisk.

  2. Slowly add the milk and vegetable oil, mixing once more. When the batter is smooth, with no lumps, add the sweet red beans and mix until well combined.

  3. Spoon the mixture in paper cupcake cases, before baking for about 20 minutes. While your cupcakes are baking, you can prepare the matcha green tea icing.

  4. Mix the single cream and matcha powder to create a smooth green tea paste.

  5. Cream together the butter and sugar together, adding the sugar little by little. Finally add the matcha paste and continue mixing until smooth and fluffy. Once your cupcakes are baked, let them cool off on a wire rack and decorate them with the matcha green tea icing using our bento decorating pen. For a real Japanese tea time atmosphere, enjoy your cupcakes with a sip of delicious matcha latte.

Tips and Information

• Don’t refrigerate your icing as this will cause it to set.
• If you are not a huge fan of the matcha flavour, you can use vanilla, chocolate or any other type of icing. Try a sprinkle of some black sesame seeds for extra Japanese flavour.