Matcha Tea Cake with Raspberries

Yields one layer cake or 24 mini cakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (1 3/4 cups) whole almonds or ½ pound blanched almond flour
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powdered tea
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided into 2 parts
  • 2/3 cup egg whites, from 5 to 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint raspberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan. 
  2. Grind almonds to a fine consistency (or use almond flour.) Beat egg yolks and sugar until fluffy. Add ground almonds, ½ teaspoon vanilla and salt and beat until smooth. Whip whites to soft peaks, and fold into almond mixture. Pour cake batter into pan. Bake 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, then remove.
  3. For buttercream, put egg whites, sugar and salt into a glass bowl. Set the bowl on top of a pot of simmering—not boiling—water. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves and temperature has reached 175 degrees. Remove from heat and beat with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. On low speed, add ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, then add butter slowly cube by cube until velvety smooth.
  4. To finish, cut cooled cakes with 1-inch cookie cutters, or use full-sized cake layers. Layer with Swiss meringue buttercream and top with frosting. Garnish with matcha and raspberries.

The Table

Herbs, Blooms and Fruit

At this time of year, I love watching the color change from brown to green—the budding trees and small peaks of flowers coming up from the cold dormant ground. What better way to celebrate spring than with a tea garden gathering? Put on a warm pot of tea or coffee, delectable fruit-filled desserts and set your table with boxes in a mix of potted herbs, berries and spring blooms.

How-To

  1. Place two plastic cups of dirt and plant small plants of herbs from your local greenhouse/hardware store on each end of the box.
  2. Fill the center of the boxes with a small wet block of green foam from your hobby store.
  3. Add branches, blooms and flowers from your gardens or grocery store.

Your tables will be filled with the aroma of herbs like lavender and basil. Sprigs of mint, pansies and sweet peas tied off with twine and a name card on each plate adds a personal touch, making your spring tea gathering memorable. It’s a perfect way to welcome in spring.

Vendors

Flowers/Paper product – Victorian Gardens, VictorianGardens.com

Plates/Flatware/Napkins – West Elm Kansas City

Settee – Brossie Belle, BrossieBelle.com

Venue – The Stanley Kingston Room, TheStanleyEventSpace.com

Pastries – Rachel Ciodas, ThisOneBite.com