Auntie Em's Green Tea Cake

One of the best parts about being in L.A is the great food! + for those even more daring the chance to cook some amazing recipes inspired by our L.A surroundings.In "our pantry" at our Los Angeles store you can find a delicious recipe for Green Tea Cake, inside Auntie Em's Cookbook. This amazing cake recipe was inspire by L.A's Chinatown!

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{Makes 1 8-inch layer cake}

I N G R E D I E N T S

2 cups flour ¾ teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons water 1 cup buttermilk, divided Green Tea Cream Cheese Frosting

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 I N S T R U C T I O N S

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease (spray or butter) 2 8-inch round cake and line with cake liners or cut-out circles of parchment paper. Grease top of the liner as well. Set aside.

In a medium bowl stir together flour, salt, baking soda, and green tea powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, and water. Mix until ingredients are fully combines and mixture is a uniform yellow. Using a rubber spatula, fold in half the flower mixture and whisk to remove any lumps. Divide batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake until the cake is springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30-40 minutes. Set aside to cool.

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Set 1 cake on a cake board or platter. Scoop about 2 cups of frosting onto the cake and use and offset spatula to smooth frosting to the edges. Add more if needed to create a ½-inch to ¾-inch layer of frosting. Place second cake upside down on frosting. This gives the cake a nice flat top. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to let frosting firm up. Remove cake from refrigerator and use remaining frosting to coat top and side of the cake.