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green tea cake

Serves 8–10

This cake is earthy and exotic—perfect for an Asian-inspired party, a spa lunch, or a tea party. You can serve it simply with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of powdered sugar, or top it with your favorite vanilla icing and add a scoop of frozen yogurt or green-tea ice cream.

  • 13⁄4 cups cake flour
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon green-tea powder (available at Asian markets and gourmet stores)
  • 1⁄3 cup unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon for greasing baking pan
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 cup crème fraîche (or substitute sour cream or yogurt)
  • 1⁄2 cup ground walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons honey for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar for garnish

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and green-tea powder, and set aside.

With one tablespoon of the butter, grease a 9-inch square or round cake pan. In an electric mixer, combine the remaining butter and the sugar, mixing until creamy. Mix in the eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add the vanilla. Stir the flour–green tea mixture into the butter mixture, one-third at a time, alternating with the crème fraîche. Fold the walnuts into the batter.

Pour batter into the baking pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for approximately ten minutes, then turn cake out onto a serving dish. Let cake finish cooling. To serve, drizzle honey on top of each slice and finish with a dusting of powdered sugar.

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