My friend Diana's birthday was on Valentine's Day, and since she loves green tea I decided to make her something with matcha green tea powder. Since I've been experimenting with chiffon cakes lately (see here and here), I baked her a two-layer green tea chiffon cake.
To keep it light, I filled and frosted it with whipped cream that I made with heavy cream, matcha green tea powder, and powdered sugar. I wanted to try something different from my usual basketweave cakes (see here, here, and here), so instead I piped simple vertical lines along the sides, and piped a beaded border. I wasn't too happy with the results though - since I was piping with whipped cream (instead of buttercream), the lines were not smooth (and resembled worms, in my opinion). Next time I'll try this with buttercream or royal icing, or maybe just a larger sized tip for more of a "columns" effect.
To tie in with Valentine's day, I decorated it with chocolate hearts that I piped onto waxed paper, and assembled into a "bouquet" in the middle of the cake.
As a finishing touch, I dusted the middle with just a touch of green tea powder. At first I liked this effect, since the chocolate became speckled with green, but after a little while the green tea powder melted into the whipped cream below it and started to look like green mold :( Sorry Diana!