Drooling over the picnic spread we laid out in our Summer Entertaining section but can’t get to Royal/T and Cupcake & Cookie? Have no fear, we have the recipes just for your right here, right now! Make and bake away. (Save some for me!)
Tuna Tartare by Royal/T
Lemon salt and pepper green onions
Spicy pepper sauce
Micro wasabi mayo
1. Mix the minced tuna with the pepper sauce, salt and pepper and green onion.
2. Mix the avocado and the lemon in to a coarse paste.
3. Mix the mayo and some spicy pepper sauce.
4. Toast the bread and cover the surface with thinly sliced cucumbers.
5. Form a tower over the cucumbers by adding the avocado paste first and then the marinated tuna.
6. Garnish with micro-wasabi and spicy mayo.
Matcha (Green Tea) Mochi filled cupcakes with Green Tea Frosting
Makes 12 cupcakes
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup white granulated sugar
1 large egg 1 large egg yolk
½ tsp vanilla extract 1
½ cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. baking powder
½ cup whole milk
1 ½ Tbsp matcha powder
¼ cup sour cream
1/3 cup mochi pieces, frozen
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 12 cup cupcake pan with paper liners.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
3. Cream butter with sugar, until light and fluffy.
4. Beat in the egg yolk, and then the whole egg.
5. Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
6. Stir matcha powder in with the milk. Stir into batter and combine.
7. Fold in the sour cream.
8. Fold in the frozen mochi bits.
9. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
10. Bake for 18 – 22 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Matcha (Green Tea) Frosting
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, sifted very very well
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp matcha (green tea) powder
2 – 4 Tbsp cream, as needed
1. Beat softened butter for a couple minutes in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth and creamy.
2. Add matcha powder and cream with butter.
3. Add powdered sugar and blend well.
4. Add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for for a few minutes on high, until light a fluffy. Make sure you really beat it for a few minutes (at least 3) so you get that super smooth and fluffy frosting texture. If your frosting is too thin, add more sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add cream 1 Tbsp at a time.
Photos courtesy of Howard Chang.