Monthly Recipe: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

This was supposed to be November’s recipe but November was a bit of a crazy month, so I’m afraid it’s coming to you a little bit late. As it’s getting so cold here in London I’ve been enjoying lots of comfort food, and if you’re feeling the same you’ll love these! This month’s recipe is an adaptation of one I found on the Japan Centre website, and I bought all of the Japanese ingredients in the Japan Centre. Although the cake part of the recipe worked, I had to think quick when it came to the icing as the recipe I was following didn’t seem to work at all. I soon realised that the problem was the sugar, and replaced the icing with the same icing I used back in July on my Double Matcha and Chocolate Matcha Cupcakes. Luckily it worked, although they could have been better. Anyway, here they are…

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Ingredients (makes 12)

Ingredients for the icing

  • 115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 60ml skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp good-quality vanilla extract
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp matcha powder (Read more about matcha here)
Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Ignore the cream in this picture and replace it with icing sugar and vanilla extract!

Cupcake Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4, and line a cupcake try with cases.

Combine the flour, kinako flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl.

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Slowly add the milk and vegetable oil.

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

When the batter is smooth, add the azuki beans and mix well.

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for about 20 minutes.

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

When the cupcakes have cooked, leave them on a wire rack to cool.

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Icing method

Beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar until smooth.

Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and the matcha powder to produce a buttercream with a smooth consistency.

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Using a piping bag, ice the cupcakes and enjoy!

Cooking: Azuki, Kinako & Matcha Cupcakes

Well, these weren’t my best creations, but they sure do taste good! The icing could have been smoother, but I was getting frustrated after I had to dump the first batch of icing and my kitchen was covered in matcha! (>_<) Actually, they didn’t even need the icing, as the cupcakes themselves taste pretty good on their own. If you’ve never tried kinako before I highly recommend it as a cupcake ingredient – it’s not like anything you usually find in a cupcake!

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I’ll be back sometime later this month with a bonus recipe for December (as this was really the November recipe). If you have any suggestions, or perhaps you would like me to try one of your recipes from a book or website, please leave a comment below or get in touch! I’m particularly interested in helping to promote Japanese recipe books, so do let me know if you have one I might like!

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