Matcha Ukishima Cake with Sweet Chestnut

matcha-ukishima-cake-with-tea

This is one of the sweets I assorted for creating the Sweet Gift Box in an Autumn theme which I introduced on my previous post. It might look like a normal western cake but it is actually very Japanese sweet.

The green base part is a Japanese sweet called ‘Ukishima‘ that is made from Sweet White Bean Paste, Egg and Rice Flour. It has a light texture but it is also silky and very moist. I have added some ‘Matcha‘ Green Tea powder for giving the lovely green colour and flavour.

I wanted to make it look like a western sweet so that I made it into two layers of Ukishima parts decorated with piped Japanese cream.

matcha-ukishima-cake-two

It has no wheat flour so it is actually Gluten Free as well as Dairy Free.

You might think ‘What Dairy-free? I can see whipped cream on it!’ but No, you’d be wrong. The piped white stuff is Sweet White Bean Paste and not Dairy Cream.

matcha-ukishima-cake-top

I added some Sweet Chestnut pieces in the middle and also decorated the top with one piece of Chestnut.

As I mentioned in my recent post we Japanese really love Sweet Chestnut. Sweet Chestnut is the most seasonal ingredient we enjoy in Autumn. I have to use it for Autumn sweets. Sweet Chestnut also goes very well with Matcha flavour so it is a winning combination as a sweet.  🙂

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