Lemon Curd Matcha Cake

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Y’all must know by now how I can’t resist helping with parties, especially showers. Last month Cheryl and I threw a joint baby shower for two of our friends expecting within a month of each other, and it turned out to be simple get-together sharing small bites among good company. Cheryl’s DIY decorations were a lovely touch for the relaxed event, and she’s posted tips on making floral arrangements like the ones seen here.

Originally I planned on purchasing all the food for the shower, but my hands itched to make something, and I gave in. I based this cake off a recipe I found on the back of a box of cake flour my mother-in-law gave me to try, and the lemon and matcha pairing was inspired by the mothers-to-be. Both May and Tina love matcha flavored desserts, and Tina is a huge fan of the color yellow. Remember her sunny bridal shower? Can’t believe that was already two years ago!

So how did the cake turn out? I’m typically extremely critical of my own baked goods, but this cake I loved. Between its fluffy texture and the marriage of flavors, it’s a definite keeper of a recipe. Well, except for the chunky frosting (notes on the frosting below say that it will appear curdled if there’s not enough butter), the cake still tasted great.

Congratulations to all our friends having babies! Among our friends, it feels like we’ve been averaging a birth a week! It’s such an exciting time, and it’s so much fun seeing your families grow.

p.s. And Happy Anniversary to my dear husband Tim. Four years ago, we shared a matcha cake similar to this one, and to this date, that day is still the best day of my life. I love you!

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Matcha Giveaway Winner

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A huge thanks goes out to those who took the reader survey! I appreciate all the feedback you gave, and I will do my very best to implement your suggestions this year.

And now, the winner of the matcha giveaway is…….. Judy from Boston! Judy, I will email you to get your mailing address so I can send some matcha your way! I hope whatever you end up making with it turns out wonderfully!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Matcha Giveaway Reminder

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Today is the last day to enter the matcha giveaway by taking my reader survey! One reader will be chosen at random to receive two tins of my favorite brand of matcha.

Imagine all the possibilities with that much matcha! What would you make if you won? Here are some matcha recipes from the archives for inspiration.


Matcha Profiteroles


Matcha Icebox Cookies


Matcha Macarons


Matcha Cupcakes


Matcha Cheesecake

Don’t forget to take the survey to enter! The drawing closes tonight at 11:59PM PST.

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Reader Survey and Matcha Giveaway!

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Sunday marked 5 years for this site, and it’s the perfect time to ask for your feedback in the form of a survey! I want to grow and improve this site to make it a valuable resource for y’all, but I need your help in giving me honest and constructive feedback.

And to include a little incentive for you, I’m going to give 2 tins of my preferred brand of matcha, Maeda-En Culinary Quality Matcha, to one survey participant! The survey below will be open indefinitely, but you must submit the survey by Thursday, January 12, 11:59PM to be entered into the drawing. One entry per person.

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Matcha Loaf

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When I start to bake with matcha, I keep going. I did a Matcha Month series a few years ago, and I continue to think up more ways to incorporate matcha into my baking. I wasn’t intending this month to be a repeat of that series, but after last week’s cake, I wanted to try again for a moist matcha cake.

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