Depriving yourself of good food has been proven to be counter-effective, especially when you’re on a diet. Handling your cravings the wrong way often leads to other problems, including binge eating.
I don’t know about you, but my cravings tend to revolve around sugary desserts, which is never good for any diet. Fortunately, there are a lot of good recipes to try if you really want to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising on taste. One of my personal favorites being a Green Tea Chocolate Cake with Matcha Frosting!
If you’re wondering what makes this cake guilt-free, it’s use of unsweetened cocoa powder and green tea matcha. The unsweetened cocoa powder contains calcium and potassium, which helps prevent blood clots and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. On the other hand, the green tea matcha is high in antioxidants, which helps combat the effects of free radicals in your body. Matcha has also been proven to speed up metabolic rate and improves one’s memory.
How’s that for making delicious dessert healthy? Here’s how you can make this easy, scrumptious, and healthy dessert at home, which is good for 16 people and only takes 25 minutes to prepare. Total cooking time is 55 minutes plus, plus 2 hours of cooling time.
- One teaspoon matcha (Japanese green tea powder)
- ¾ cup hot water
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Two large eggs, room temperature
- ¾ cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
- ¼ cup grapeseed or any neutral oil
- One teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoon matcha
- ¾ cup plus tablespoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoons cream of tartar
- One teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Four large egg whites
- Set the temperature of the oven to 350°F (about 180°C) and place the oven rack in the center. Using nonstick spray, cover your circular, 8-inch cake pan. Add parchment to the bottom and coat again with the cooking spray. Repeat this with two more pans.
- Dissolve only 1 teaspoon of matcha powder in a bit of hot water and set aside to cool.
- Get a large bowl and add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt using a sieve.
- Set your electronic whisk to low speed and whip together the two eggs, buttermilk, oil, one teaspoon vanilla, and the matcha from earlier. Mix all the ingredients together until there are no lumps.
- Pour the mix into the pans equally and place inside your oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Poke the batter with a toothpick from time to time. When it comes out clean, your cake is done.
- Allow the pans to cool by placing them on a flat wire tray.
- Remove the cake from the pan by running a knife around the sides of the cake.
- Pop out the cake onto the rack and get rid of the parchment. Make sure that the smoother part of the cake is facing upwards.
- Set aside to cool.
- In a heat-resistant bowl, put in the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar.
- Hold the bowl in a saucepan over simmering water. Make sure that the bowl is not in contact with the water.
- Keep on stirring until the sugar is dissolved (4 to 5 minutes) while the mixture heats up.
- Take the bowl away from the saucepan and stir with a whisk. Do this until the mixture thickens.
- Mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and the rest of the 1 ½ teaspoons of matcha. Keep on combining the mixture until the color evens out.
- Pour the frosting into a Ziplock or a piping bag, and make a hole at the tip.
- Get one layer of the cake and put it on a plate. Make sure the bottom part is facing upwards.
- Squeeze 1/3 of frosting (¼ inch from the edge of the piping bag until the middle).
- Add the second layer of the cake with the bottom facing upwards again. Push it down until you see the frosting spreading, and then add the rest of the ½ of the frosting.
- Place the last layer of cake on top, this time with the rounded side facing upwards. Spread the last mixture of frosting on top and use a spatula to make it look presentable.
- Keep the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours. After removing the cake, let it cool to room temperature. Serve and enjoy!
This chocolate cake recipe is perfect for those who are counting their calories. Again, there’s no need to compromise on flavor should you decide to spoil yourself with sweets, as long as you’re not binging and getting plenty of exercise. So keep up the healthy lifestyle and remember to drop by your local Gold’s Gym for a much-needed calorie burn!