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I enjoy simple things: solitude, cheap sheet cake, and sunlight. I also believe that white is, in fact, a color. Bring me fresh flowers and we can be friends.

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May 25, 2011

Green Tea Cake

Working in the apparel industry, I have a lot of Asian co-workers.  Consequently, over the past year I've been immersed in Asian culture.  I've tried all kinds of new foods - mooncake, white rabbit candy, green tea cookies, shrimp chips (don't try these- trust me), and my all time favorite (on opposite day- yeah, I still like that joke)

{unidentifiable asian seaweed snack}

Seaweed crunchy twist things.  They are dis-gus-ting.  I had to eat the whole plate because my co-workers were watching in amusement to see my reaction. Shortly after, I texted this picture to my father and told him our late dog was alive and I just tasted his excrement-- needless to say, he believed me. 

On a brighter note, one of my most recent indulgences at work was Green Tea Cake.  I was offered a piece by a co-worker and was pleasantly surprised.  The cake was light and moist and had a fluffy, light cream cheese frosting, and was topped with blueberries.  I was intrigued by the concept of green tea cake and made it a point to look into it.

{homemade green tea cake}

After some research, I used this recipe and made my own Green Tea Cake.  The powdered green tea was the hardest ingredient to track down.  I finally found it at Whole Foods and my jaw dropped when I saw the price tag.  $33 for a tiny tin of matcha (green tea powder).  I couldn't bring myself to spend that much on an experiment, so I opted for this

 {rishi green oolong tea to-go packets}

The box was only $9.99 so I figured it couldn't hurt.  I also ended up making a basic lemon frosting instead of the cream cheese frosting due to the opinions of those who would be eating the cake with me.  The icing was simple - I whipped together lemon juice, confectioners sugar, soy milk (I forgot to buy regular milk), a tiny bit of butter, and some vanilla extract. 

The cake at work was definitely better than the one I made at home, but I definitely just finished off the last piece of it right now, so I'd call it a success.  Something I will definitely make again.  Its a perfect not-to-sweet treat after dinner (or for breakfast, or for dessert after breakfast)

It's green tea, so it's good for you, right?


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This looks DELICIOUS. I love love love green tea ice cream, so I'm sure this would be ultra satisfying to me!

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