Since I’ve seen beautiful edible moss cakes on the internet, I had to try them out. But moss cakes are usually colored with artificial green food coloring. I didn’t want to use artificial food coloring, therefore I colored these moss cupcakes naturally with matcha and spinach! 😀
Natural Green Matcha Cupcakes
- 175g flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 80g sugar
- 40ml oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 – 3 tbsp matcha powder – you can also color some of the cupcakes with cocoa powder instead of the matcha
Natural Green Icing
- pureed spinach
- powdered sugar
- water or lemon juice
- optional: peppermint essential oil
Dissolve matcha powder in some boiling water. Stir together all ingredients for the matcha cupcakes. Pour batter into paper muffin liners. Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes.
Crumble one of the cupcakes. The matcha cupcakes were just pale green, so I added some pureed spinach and dried the green crumbs again for some minutes at 160°C in the oven.
Make natural green icing: Stir together some pureed spinach, powdered sugar and water or fresh lemon juice. Flavor it with one or two drops of peppermint oil if you want.
Cover the matcha cupcakes with natural green icing. Then dip the cupcakes into the green crumbs until they are completely covered with ‘moss’.
The moss cupcakes don’t taste of spinach! 😉 They just taste like matcha and chocolate cupcakes, with peppermint flavor if you add peppermint essential oil.