Chocolate Mini Bundts with Matcha Flowers, #BundtaMonth

Published On: 

Friday, February 1, 2013

 

Cherubs with drawn bows perch above dazzling chocolate displays. Lace doilies and paper red heart cutouts abound. Valentine’s Day, February 14th is approaching fast.



Cherry Blossom Heart (Photo Courtesy of 123rf.com)

The same commercial hype exists in Japan. However, females present bosses, male colleagues, boyfriends, husbands and fathers with gifts of chocolate and cookies. Giri-choco - obligation chocolate - plays an important role in office politics. Currying favor with higher ups and achieving the status of most beloved coworker are all a part of the game. (On March 14th, White Day, males are expected to present the ladies and girls in their lives with sweets and trinkets.)



Japanese chocolates with matcha green tea cream centers

Regardless of the customs of a country, most everyone in the world loves chocolate. So to honor the Baker Street #BundtaMonth February chocolate theme, I created mini Bundts with matcha (green tea) flowers. 



Chocolate Mini Bundts with Matcha Flowers

Note: I used matcha powder and green tea in the cake, too. However, the delicious chocolate taste overpowered any subtle hint of the tea. So, feel free to delete the matcha powder and substitute water for green tea. Next time, I may try high-quality melted green tea ice cream plus the matcha powder. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section of how to punch up matcha flavors in cake.

Mini Chocolate Bundts with Matcha Flowers

1 Chocolate cake mix (recommended Duncan Hines Devil Food)
3 Eggs
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
1 Cup strong green tea
2 Tablespoons matcha powder

Combine well in your KitchenAid or with your electric mixer. Distribute the batter into well-greased and floured (or sprayed) mini Bundt pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick emerges clean from the center. Cool.

Whip up chocolate buttercream OR add ¼ cup of powdered sugar to a can of frosting. Scoop into a piping bag fitted with a leaf tip.

In another bowl, which has been chilled overnight, pour 1 pint of heavy cream. Add ¼ cup of powdered sugar and 2 generous tablespoons of matcha powder. Whip until soft to medium peaks appear. Transfer the contents to a piping bag fitted with a circle tip.

Pipe matcha circles in the middle of the mini bundts. Surround the centers with chocolate leaves. Enjoy the beauty. And the bite of chocolate matcha deliciousness!



 

For other Bundt cake treats for you and your valentine, see the following gourmet creations by fellow food bloggers. 

Chocolate Berry Bundt Cake by Heather from Hezzi D's Books and Cooks
Chocolate Bundt Cake with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce by Alice from Hip Foodie Mom
Chocolate Chobani Bundt Cake by Carrie from Poet In The Pantry
Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake by Holly from A Baker’s House
Chocolate Mini Bundts with Matcha Flowers by Kim from Ninja Baking
Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Bundt Cake by Anita from Hungry Couple
Chocolate Rocky Road Bundt Cake by Tara from Noshing With The Nolands
Chocolate Turtle Bundt Cake by Kim from Cravings Of A Lunatic
Deep Chocolate Be Mine Bundt by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Double Chocolate Swirled Bundt Cake by Laura from The Spiced Life
Chocolate Peanut Butter Layered Bundt Cake by Karen from In The Kitchen With KP
Red Wine Chocolate Bundt Cake with Mascarpone Whipped Cream by Kate from Food Babbles
Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake by Renee from Magnolia Days
Quadruple Chocolate Bundt Cake by Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious
Vanilla and Chocolate Marble Bundt Cake by Anuradha from Baker Street
White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake by Paula from Vintage Kitchen

Here's how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month:
- Simple rule: Use chocolate - and bake us a Bundt for February
- Post it before February 28, 2013.
- Use the #BundtAMonth hashtag in your title.
(Example:  #BundtAMonth: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt)
- Add your entry to the Linky tool. 

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list...

Follow Bundt-a-Month on Facebook where we feature all our gorgeous Bundt cakes. Or head over to our Pinterest board for inspiration and choose from over 350 Bundt cake recipes.

Wishing you chocolates, flowers, fine matcha and a good-hearted mate to cuddle with on St. Valentine's Day and always!

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

The Ninja Baker's recipes are also available at:

BlogHer Food Editor's Pick of the Day
(27 December 2012)

​Allrecipes.com:
The Ninja Baker's Japanese Plum Sweet Memories and Recipes

Bob's Red Mill:
Almond Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Bob's Red Mill:
The Ninja Baker's Gluten-Free Breakfast Cupcake

Wholesome Sweeteners:
The Ninja Baker's Gluten-Free Coconut Chocolate Cheesecake Minis with Espresso Cream

Wholesome Sweeteners:
The Ninja Baker's Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Champagne Glaze & Optional Lemon Peach Marmalade Filling

LifeKraze

 

Tags: 

Comments

I've not heard of matcha

I've not heard of matcha powder before. I've been wanting to make some green tea ice cream and need to check out your recipe. Your little bundts are so pretty! I'm so glad you joined in the #BundtAMonth group.

Mille fois merci, Renee for

Mille fois merci, Renee for inviting me to #BundtaMonth. I appreciate how you touch the lives of so many with your sweet words and recipes...in between winning multiple awards for photography! (Again, congratulations on your food photo honors.)

And a white chocolate Bundt

And a white chocolate Bundt would be perfect for White Day. I am thrilled Paula that you posted your white chocolate cake recipe at Vintage Kitchen as I have been seeking a do-able recipe starring the lovely sweet.

So pretty!

What pretty cakes! And how interesting to learn of the Japanese tradition, even that it includes the workplace. I like the idea of White Day too, when the roles are reversed and the women receive gifts.

Thanks, Holly. Speaking of

Thanks, Holly. Speaking of the workplace, I bet your choco espresso Bundt wonder would pep up the spirits of any office worker...or homemaker/writer/Ninja Baker =)

Kim, the Japanese Vday

Kim, the Japanese Vday tradition is truly intriguing! Poor girls, having to give AWAY chocolate to curry favours. At least they get some back with White Day (I've never heard of that before). I always learn such interesting things from your posts. Your mini bundts are gorgeous, like little works of art!

Glad you find the customs of

Glad you find the customs of Valentine's and White Day intriguing. Believe they are clever, commercial ventures and another way for the giants of chocolate corporations to reap a few more profits =) Thank you very much, Nancy, for your kind words about my Choco Matcha Mini Bundts.

Kim, the Japanese Vday

Kim, the Japanese Vday tradition is truly intriguing! Poor girls, having to give AWAY chocolate to curry favours. At least they get some back with White Day (I've never heard of that before). I always learn such interesting things from your posts. Your mini bundts are gorgeous, like little works of art!

Appreciate your comments,

Appreciate your comments, Karen...As I check off must-do items on my list, a big slice of your In the Kitchen with KP's PB and Chocolate Bundt would be ideal =) I'll just have to add making your yummy cake on my to-do list!

These are adorable with their

These are adorable with their little colored flowers set in some lovely chocolate cream frosting. And I love your pretty plate. It reminds me of ones folks used to have when I was little, meant for soup and sandwich. What are they normally used for in Japan?

Adorable mini Bundts and flowers!

These are adorable with their little colored flowers set in some lovely chocolate cream frosting. And I love your pretty plate. It reminds me of ones folks used to have when I was little, meant for soup and sandwich. What are they normally used for in Japan?

Wonderful question about the

Wonderful question about the hyotan serving plate. Thank you for noticing! The gourd-shaped hyotan has a long history of serving the Japanese (and other Asian countries) as an amulet against harm. It is a good luck charm of sorts. Another fun fact: One of Japan's most powerful samurai (Hideyoshi Toyotomi) used the hyotan emblem on his clan flag =)