Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Matcha azuki bean magic custard cake- A 2 in 1 dessert.

Magic. 

you would generally associate with pulling bunnies out of hats, coins behind your ears and sawing people in half (I quite like watching the latter).Whilst magic shows are fantastic, I sometimes wish the magic would apply to other areas, like dirty dishes disappearing and assignments completing themselves.

As we all know, that won't be happening (anytime soon) so I'm going to introduce you an equally good (if not better) alternative. Matcha Custard Cake- featuring, you guessed it, azuki beans. 


Magic & cake? If you didn't think cake was already magical, I present you with the Magic Custard Cake. 
This recipe was first spotted on White on rice couple's blog and is adapted from Raspberry Cupcakes recipe

How magical is this cake? think rainbows and unicorns. Yes, that magical. Otherwise, how would a humble cake batter transform into 2 luscious layers of cake and custard? (hrrm... It could be the unicorns or Harry Potter..)

Is this magical cake hard to make? not at all!

Ingredients

1 cup plain flour
3 tablespoons quality matcha powder- for intense matcha flavour
110g butter, melted
2 cups milk
4 eggs, separated
pinch of cream of tartar
a squeeze of lemon juice
1 1/2 cup of sweetened azuki beans
1 tablespoon water

for decorating:

dabs of sweetened azuki bean paste
1:1 ratio matcha powder and icing sugar, sieved. 

Method

1. preheat oven to 150°C and grease and line a rectangular baking tray.

2.combine flour and matcha powder and mix well (I'm lazy and don't sift stuff)


3. in separate bowls, melt butter and heat milk to lukewarm, set aside. 

4. In your mixer bowl, whip egg whites with a pinch of cream of tartar and a squeeze of lemon juice until stiff peak, set aside.


5. in a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until pale yellow and thick, add in butter and water and mix until all incorporated.


6. add in the flour mix and mix until homogeneous.


7. add in egg whites in 3 batches and gently mix until incorporated (this step tests your patience as the mix seems to be forever lumpy)

8. pour the cake batter into prepared tin and bake at 240°for 45 minutes or until top is golden. (careful not to over-bake because you want the custard layer to still be wobbly)

9.remove cake in baking paper from tin and allow it to cool completely before cutting. Before serving, dust liberally with icing sugar and matcha powder mix.


This cake is delicious on it's own, but it is out of the world with ice cream. 
(Confession: I snuck downstairs after a late night studying session and had mine with homemade matcha ice cream.)

So if you are an avid matcha azuki bean lover like me, this is the go to dessert. I put some of the cake mix into a mini cast iron pot for individual serve, perfect for giving away! 

Happy baking!

Milkteaxx 


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31 comments:

  1. Waaah! That's a magic cake indeed!! Reminds me of that great debate when the hubby couldn't believe that the custard in emperor puffs was different from the dough they use for the shell haha :) Well I've got to make this cake to really make sure that it'll separate

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    1. i think that sounds like a great plan!

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  2. Magic Cake sounds like happiness! I'll take 10 orders please :)

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  3. I like the new layout of your blog hehe. Matcha and azuki are like my favourite combo! Magic indeed :D

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    1. thanks Chris, I'm working on it as we go, computing and design is not my forte.

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  4. I actually still don't understand how it is possible to have two kinds of layers with different texture like that! But it does look good :)

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    1. that's why its magical, you better try it out!

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  5. I believe you, Amy! This cake and ice cream will take magic to the next level!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    1. cake and ice cream are made to be eaten together!

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  6. This really is a magical cake! Love it -- thanks so much.

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  7. I love green tea-I definitely gravitate towards it as as flavour! :D

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    1. going through a matcha phase atm, 3rd matcha azuki red bean dessert in the past 3 weeks!

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  8. looks so pretty. can imagine how delicious it is :)

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  9. Your blog makeover looks beyond gorgeous, as do these custard cakes :D
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. thank you uru! still needs some finishing touches!

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  10. Azuki beans in a cake? Genius! I wonder if this could be made vegan? Swap the milk for soy milk and the eggs for chia eggs of linseed eggs, for example?

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    1. the milk definitely, i am not too sure about the eggs tho.

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  11. Been meaning to make this cake for ages. Love the flavour combo you've got going on!

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    1. thanks helen, there is never too much matcha!

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  12. Oh man I love the azuki beans and matcha combo! Truly comea together like magic.

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    1. the combo is magicial, makes a magic cake even more so!

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  13. Matcha AND red bean is my favorite ingredients for sweets. I can trade with chocolate any time! This looks like a wonderful custard cake! I will need a giant piece for myself. :D

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    1. what about red bean matcha chocolate? best thing ever!

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  14. look at the bowl of whipped egg white - so cloudesque. Magic is an apt description for this lovely cake.

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  15. ta da! Love a magic dessert - and custard too. This looks perfect.

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