6 Unexpected Matcha Recipes To Make Now

There’s a new food group in town, and its name is matcha. The drinkable version is not a novelty by any means — its origins can be traced back to 12th-century Japan. But, thanks to resurgent interest in the tea powder, for both its flavor and its antioxidant properties, matcha is making a rather successful crossover to the culinary world.

To highlight the ingredient of the moment's many magical uses, we've compiled six recipes that transform the tea into unexpected (yet absolutely delicious) treats. From coffee cake to matcha cocktails, click on for a dose of green for your palate.
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Matcha Cake With Black Sesame Buttercream Frosting
Anyone who's had a Japanese parfait knows that sesame and matcha are a match made in dessert heaven. The same pairing also distinguishes this layer cake.
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Photo: Courtesy of Molly Yeh/Aiya.
Matcha White Chocolate Fondue
You just can't go wrong with a chocolatey melt with green-tea notes.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ramen-san.
Matcha Bee's Knees Cocktail
The smooth tea powder can be used to make a mean cocktail, as shown here at Chicago hot spot Ramen-san. Learn how to pour a similar concoction here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Molly Yeh/Aiya.
Matcha Melon Bread
Move over, bagels — this is our new breakfast staple.
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Photo: Courtesy of Desserts For Breakfast.
Matcha & Meyer Lemon Mochi Cake
A recipe that combines three of our culinary favorites — lemon, matcha, and mochi — in the most surprising way.
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Photo: Courtesy of Summer House Santa Monica.
Matcha Coffee Cake
This bittersweet confection from Summer House Santa Monica is the ultimate afternoon treat. Check out All Day I Dream About Food to make a gluten-free version with almonds. Is it tea time yet?