Matcha Green Tea Mug Cake

My matcha mug-cake with vanilla ice-cream

Mug-cakes were all the rage in 2015, so I came up with a version that used matcha green tea powder. This mug-cake was the end-result of an experiment in creating a single-serving white cake that I could throw anything in to make it into what I wanted at that moment.

Now to get started. Firstly, I’ll start with this warning: do not use cheap culinary grade matcha. For this mug-cake, I used a culinary grade that was of decent quality (this brand). You will likely come across "deals" on matcha that seems too good to be true. Trust me—it is. In other words, these deals are going to be cheap, and in large quantities so as to make them seem like a good deal. Likewise, I unfortunately made that mistake when buying such a deal, only to be disappointed about the color and quality of the powder.

Ceremonial Grade vs Culinary Grade: It’s All in the Color

So how do you tell the difference between ceremonial-grade and culinary-grade matcha? Since we’re dealing with shades of green, and matcha comes in all shades. A ceremonial-grade matcha powder will be a bright grass green, when compared to culinary-grade, which will be a dull green. The cheaper culinary-grade brands are closer to being brown. You don’t want to use those as they will have a bitter taste, and the color is rather unappetizing.

So Which One Can I Use?

To sum it up, yes you can use culinary-grade matcha. I’m not saying don’t use culinary-grade. Simply make sure it comes from a reputable brand. Jade Leaf Organics is one such brand. I have used their ceremonial- and culinary-grade matcha powders for a few years now, and have no complaints about the quality.

It’s hard to describe the taste of matcha. Smooth, yet faintly vegetative, with the barest hint of bitterness. One reason why a good quality matcha goes well with vanilla ice-cream or white chocolate.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. Here’s the recipe:

My matcha mug-cake with vanilla ice-cream

Matcha Green Tea Mug Cake

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes

A 1-person dessert that's easy to make in less than 10 minutes. You'll need your favorite large mug—soup mug would be ideal.


  • 4 tbs flour (sifted)
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs matcha green tea powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Mix everything except chocolate chips in mug.
  2. Once batter is completely mixed, stir in white chocolate chips, saving a few to sprinkle on top.
  3. Microwave for 60 — 65 seconds (for a 1200 watt microwave).
  4. Use a tooth-pick to check for doneness. Cake is done if tooth-pick comes out clean.

Enjoy. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.


I originally created this recipe with a 1200 watt microwave, so the times may need to be adjusted more or less.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 725Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 256mgSodium: 886mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 1gSugar: 51gProtein: 12g

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