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Matcha Roll Cake

“Matcha” is powdered green tea. It is used in lots of japanese desserts, I used it when I made green tea ice cream.

I decided to try it in a ‘jelly roll’ style cake. I’ve seen recipes with mousse filling, and cream filling, but I thought I’d try something different and fill it with “an” or sweetened red bean. Red bean and green tea go together like, well, peas and carrots. But tastier.


4 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon matcha powder

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting, sifted
1 can an/red bean
Whipped cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Separate the whites and the yolks. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry and set aside. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks until light. Gradually add the sugar and vanilla, and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and matcha powder.


Add the sifted flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture. Fold in the egg whites into the egg mixture.

Prep a jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet – by lining it with parchment paper, and spraying it with oil. This will make it easy to remove.

Pour the batter right onto the lined pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until a golden brown.


While the cake is baking, put a clean towel down and dust it with powdered sugar. You will invert the cake onto this to start the rolling process.


When the cake comes out, turn it onto the towel. Peel off the parchment and trim it if you want it to be a more ‘perfect’ shape. Now the fun…


Begin with the narrow side and roll the cake and towel up together.

Cool cake on rack, seam side down, for 10 to 15 minutes. Once cake has cooled, gently unroll and spread cake with an filling and re-roll.


Now you have yourself a perfect rolled cake! Sprinkle with powdered sugar, slice and serve with whipped cream!


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Matcha Roll Cake



11 Responses to “Matcha Roll Cake”

  1. averagebetty says:

    Hi Jenn!
    This looks fabulous… as everything you do!
    Where do you find Matcha? I’ve never seen or heard of this marvelous stuff before!
    I just made cookies with a green tea glaze and while they were tasty they didn’t provide the green tea punch I thought they would. I bet adding Matcha would work. Thanks!!

  2. justJENN says:

    How did you make a green tea glaze without matcha? Just the tea? Then this will def help. It’s packed full of flavor, you can find it at a Japanese market or online.

  3. Yum! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  4. jennifer says:

    Hi Jenn, its funny to call my own name ahaha. The roll looks great. Just a question on the egg whites, do I beat to soft peaks or stiff peaks? and also any tips on how to fold the roll, very scared that it will crack and break >.<

  5. justJENN says:

    Beat the whites until you get stiff peaks. Follow the directions on rolling up the cake with a towel, you should have no problem!

  6. jennifer says:

    Hi Jenn,I made the cake using ur recipe, it was all right :) just the lovely skin all are stuck to the towel lol, maybe i’ll try spray e towel w oil and more powdered sugar the next time. Will also drop the amt of sugar to 1/2cup next time cos my red bean paste is sweetened.Thank you!

  7. Karen says:

    What is cake flour? Is it the same as plain flour? Can u use plain flour instead? Will the result be the same? (same fluffy & light?) if not where can I find cake flour? Tried to find in supermarket but none.
    Thx heaps

  8. justJENN says:

    Cake flour is not the same as all-purpose, it’s much lighter and makes for a softer cake. You can find cake flour in the baking aisle of any supermarket, they are just in boxes rather than bags.

    If you want to substitute all purpose for cake flour do the following for every one cup of flour:

    Measure out one cup of all-purpose flour and take out 2 Tablespoons. Then add 2 Tablespooons of cornstarch.

  9. Carmen says:

    If I wanted to make a coffee flavoured one can I just switch the matcha with coffee and make some other cream for it? Or would there be a difference?

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  11. Rachel says:

    Hi Jenn..thank you so much for this recipe…I’m going to modify it a little soon…but replacing the bean paste with a whipped vanilla filling ….glazing the rolled cake and adding chocolate decorations..I’mma post the modified recipe when its done..tell me if it looks good :)

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