Green Tea cupcakes + coconut buttercream



My sister Janell baked some tasty cupcakes this week and she sent some my way. She knows a few things about cupcakes, she used to work at Frosted Cupcakery in Belmont Shore.

It’s so nice to have another baker in the family 🙂 It feels great to come home and have baked treats waiting for you.

These green goodies are tasty. You can taste a hint of the green tea in the cake but it’s not too strong. The toasted coconuts blends well and compliments the buttercream icing.

Here is the recipe that she shared.


Green tea cupcakes + green tea coconut buttercream with toasted coconut (recipe adapted from here)

Green tea cupcakes
2 sticks of unsalted butter (room temp)
2 cups of sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolk
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of organic green tea powder
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup of hot/warm soy milk
1. beat butter about 30 sec
2. add sugar. beat until light and fluffy, about 3 min
3. add eggs/egg yolks one at a time, beat for 30 sec between each item
4. whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, add to batter and mix to combine
5. mix organic green tea powder with hot/warm soy milk then add to batter and mix until combine
6. pour into cupcake holders and bake for 20-25 minutes


Green tea coconut buttercream
1 stick butter (room temp)
1 box (3 1/4 cups) of powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of organic green tea powder
2-3 tablespoons (or until frosting consistency) of hot/warm coconut cream
1 pack of sweetened coconut flakes (toast in oven until crispy or light golden brown)
1. beat 1 stick butter for about 30 secs
2. mix organic green tea powder with hot/warm coconut cream, add to butter
3. add powdered sugar to butter and green tea powder/coconut cream
4. pinch of salt
5. beat until smooth

Once cupcakes are baked & cooled, frost top of cupcake and roll top into toasted coconut, repeat for rest of cupcakes.

***makes about 20-22 cupcakes****



I have some ideas  that I want to try to make this recipe healthier. I want to recreate this cupcake using less sugar and butter. The green tea cupcake is new for me and I definitely like it.


  1. these look so pretty! 🙂 I made a green tea cupcake last year for a friend’s birthday – SO good.

    I love matcha powder and was making lattes almost daily for a while 😀

  2. So so gorgeous! I love the toasted coconut on top. I bet you will do a rocking job lightening these up.

  3. I am certain I would LOVE these!! Thanks for posting!

  4. I love cupcakes, they’re delicious and pretty and so are yours 🙂

  5. I love a cupcake with coconut on top! Looks delicious!

  6. Lea, did you know that i LOVE anything green tea? did you use matcha? that’s my favorite ingredient to work with. these cupcakes look delicious! I love the massive amount of frosting that you used.

    • My sister baked the cupcakes and she used organic green tea powder, so not exactly labeled matcha but it taste the same I think 🙂

      That tea place you told me about in L.A. will probably sell good quality matcha powder right?

  7. Laugh and Cook says:

    These cupcakes look delicious!

  8. Green tea and coconut – yum! I never thought of that combo before but those cupcakes sound divine. I wish I had someone who would bake treats for me too!

    • Bianca, never had these two combo either on any food. I’m glad I got to try it first with cupcakes, they were delicious. I suppose a matcha tea with coconut smoothie would taste good too?

  9. All I have to say is yummmy! I am a fellow coconut-lover, so these are right up my alley! You could definitely “healthify” this recipe, and if you do, please share! 🙂

    • Stefanie, thanks for stopping by my blog. Yippee for another coconut lover 🙂

      When I try to healthify the recipe and it comes out as a success, I will definitely share.

  10. Yay! Another great soCal blogger! Hello, pleased to meet you! I see that you went to the Nasoya event…too bad I couldn’t go, I didn’t have a ride!

    By the way, did you know I have an obsession with green tea baked goods? I LOVE this recipe! I’ll give it a try soon!

    • Thanks Sophia, great to meet you too. Yes, the Nasoya event was fun. I’m sure there will be more events in the future, try not to miss it. We can then meet each other then or at Foodbuzz festival?

  11. Hotchick says:

    I love Frosted at Belmont!! Red Velvet is my fave but that one looks beautiful!

  12. Yep, I’d totally eat those! I LOVE toasted coconut…yummers!

  13. I love green tea ice cream, so I’m thinking I’d love these cupcakes. And in the buttercream too! Yum.

  14. Wonderful post!!! Great Pics and congrats on making Foodbuzz Top 9!! That is totally cool!!! I love matcha…this I have to try!!!

  15. I have a real weakness for both cupcakes and coconut. I have to try this recipe out

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