matcha cupcakes and honest blogging with monica at delissimon

I’ve posted about tea in New Zealand before, after all it’s the home of Zealong oolong tea. Now I’d like to introduce you to another Kiwi tea connection – Monica has a really inspiring blog, Delissimon, which is where I found these matcha and kiwifruit cupcakes.

I frequently mention how I love transparency when it comes to tea companies and writers, I love knowing who’s behind the story and the product; and I always, always read the ‘About’ page on any site I’m on.  Well, Monica is a real inspiration, she’s a self taught photographer (who has had her photos published!) baked her way onto the premier series of New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker and shared her incredible journey through 2010 with her readers in the most candid and brave way – she’s an example of what an honest, and genuine blogger should be in my book and is a gal who I really respect both personally and professionally.  Plus, just look at this photo – a-ma-zing!! (she shoots with a Canon EOS450D in-case you were wondering).


Matcha and Kiwifruit Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon matcha
1-2 kiwifruit cut up into small cubes
1 tablespoon vinegar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil

1. Mix flour, sugar and matcha together, 2. Add water and vanilla and mix well, 3. To this add the vinegar and oil, 4. Lastly when oil is fully incorporated into the mix carefully add the kiwifruit and slowly stir through cake batter. 5. This makes 12-15 cupcakes or x 1 20cm square cake. Bake cupcakes for 20 minutes at 180 C / 320 F, cool and decorate with vanilla butter-cream/kiwifruit.

There is something about matcha that I find so interesting, on one hand it’s such a calm and serene tea, part of such an old, and revered tea ceremony.  On the other it’s one of the only true tea flavors that have crossed over into the contemporary baking world, and as a consequence it’s been introduced to a group of people (outside Japan at least) that may not have otherwise come across it. I’m all for tradition, but seeing tea evolve in this way makes me smile, it’s exciting, creative and fun and very much part of the constantly evolving tea world.

3 Responses to “matcha cupcakes and honest blogging with monica at delissimon”
  1. zorach says:

    I am completely with you about your remark on transparency. I also think the “About” page is very important. I even wrote a blog post about the “about” page a while back, which you may find interesting if you have not already seen it.

    And that’s a beautiful-looking cupcake! =) I love it when baked goods are topped with fresh fruit…it adds a beautiful and delicious touch.

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