Wish List Dish: Flourless Matcha Tea Cake

Macha Tea Company offers this vibrant confection.

Until this month, I was new to matcha, that gloriously green powder coming from tea leaves grown in Japan. I was somewhat familiar with the matcha ceremony (as seen in food magazines and documentaries on TV). I knew about the basics–the bowl, the whisk and the warm, frothy healthful drink it becomes. But I wasn’t sure how this tea–the flavor of which can best be described as a young, freshly picked blade of grass–could be made into the star ingredient in a flourless cake. Like I said, I was a newbie.

What I didn’t know was something Macha Tea Company co-owner Rachel Verbrick (with husband, Anthony) knows very well: A green cake–a flourless one at that–is a good cake. A really, really good cake.

By hand, Verbrick whisks the vibrant matcha powder into egg whites and then folds the mixture into white chocolate melted with butter before gently combining that with the yolks and baking it at a low temperature under a watchful eye. Of this moist and tender cake, she says it’s a “good vehicle for matcha” and it “shows what matcha can be.”

Matcha flourless cake. Available now.

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Matcha flourless cake.

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The matcha is not just there for color, but it certainly works to build intrigue. The gentle flavor of the tea is there, finished with a dusting of confectionery sugar. The taste lingers long after you’ve savored the last bite.

And of course, it’s best enjoyed with tea–something delicate and subtle, Verbrick offers. If not matcha then perhaps Macha’s Japanese Sencha or the Yue Guang Bai “Moonlight White” offerings.

Of note, and an important one at that: Verbrick makes this cake when she makes it and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Best to check Macha Tea Company’s Instagram feed or Facebook page for the announcement that this dessert is about to come out of the oven.

Then, get there. Quickly.