Pomegranate Green Tea Cupcakes14

Posted by chockylit in Experimental Recipe, Green Tea (Monday November 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm)

Pomegranate Green Tea Cupcakes

Two super foods in one tasty cupcake? Why not. In this creation the green tea actually takes a back seat to the pomegranate whose tart flavor takes center stage. I revisited an earlier green tea cupcake recipe and mixed in some pomegranate seeds at the end. But where the pomegranate flavor really shines is in the frosting (and the many pomegranates I topped each cupcake with)…

I wanted to celebrate the pomegranate’s tartness and ended up with what I will describe as a pomegranate foam. The texture may be off-putting to some, but the end result was indeed a not-overly-sweet, tart “frosting” as envisioned.

Covering the whole cupcake with seeds had its pros and cons. On the good side, it covers up the frosting which isn’t so pleasing to the eye and makes for a gorgeous cupcake. On the not-so-good side, pomegranate seeds in abundance are odd from a texture standpoint, but you could take a cue from my daughter and pick each one off and eat them before tearing into the cupcake itself.

I definitely think these cupcakes could make an awesome holiday display!

Pomegranate Green Tea Cupcakes
12 cupcakes / 350 degree oven

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 tablespoons green tea (matcha) powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

1. Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds.
2. Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add egg/egg yolk one at a time, beat for 30 seconds between each.
4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and matcha in a bowl.
5. Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.
6. Fold in pomegranate seeds.
7. Scoop into cupcake cups about 2/3s full. Bake for 22-25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

Note: Normally I would get fresh, whole pomegranates and deal with the messiness of removing the seeds. Recently both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s started carrying fresh pomegranate seeds. I find them to be reliable sources of pomegranate seeds and recommend that route when you need them in bulk.

Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranate Foam

1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon sugar (plus more to taste)
3 egg whites

1. Heat pomegranate juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is boiling. Reduce to a simmer.
2. Simmer mixture until its reduced by half about 5-8 minutes.
3. Beat egg whites in the bowl of your electric mixer with the whisk attachment until foamy, about 3 minutes.
4. Slowly pour the very hot, reduced pomegranate juice into the egg whites while whisking at medium speed.
5. Continue to beat on medium-high speed until the mixture cools, about 5 to 10 minutes more.

One cupcake was consumed in the taking of these pictures

Assembly
1. Top each cooled cupcake with pomegranate foam. A pastry bag with a large tip simplifies this.
2. Cover each frosted cupcake with pomegranate seeds. The more the merrier.

Pomegranate Green Tea Cupcakes

14 comments for Pomegranate Green Tea Cupcakes »

  1. Ooooh I love the red! You have such a wonderful blog with beautiful pictures! I love your recipes! It’s an inspiration and a very good excuse for me to bake more cupcakes hehehe!

    Ciao & Happy baking!!

    Comment by TJ Lubrano — November 17, 2009 @ 1:50 am

  2. oh i love the pictures of your new creation! the red-ness of pomegranates always looks so royal & divine. Green Tea & Pomegranate are a nice trendy combination for xmas.

    Comment by ren-yi — November 17, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  3. i need ‘em

    Comment by tess — November 19, 2009 @ 12:15 am

  4. Lovely! I’m so excited that you’re posting cupcakes again.

    Comment by brozy — November 22, 2009 @ 1:17 am

  5. Awesome photos! And love the cameo of your “little helper”! My daughter is 15 months and I just put her up on a chair the other day so she could “help” me bake! It’s a whole new blogging ballgame with a toddler.

    Comment by Shauna from Piece of Cake — November 24, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

  6. They look gorgeous!

    Comment by Gala — December 4, 2009 @ 3:27 am

  7. Wonderful recipe; beautiful photo :)

    (In your third paragraph, though, you misused the word “queue”. “Queue” is another word for a line, and it has the same pronunciation as “cue”, which is the word you were most likely going for)

    Cheers ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous — December 22, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

  8. Also, are you supposed to bake the pomegranate seeds into the cupcakes without first removing the actual hard seeded part inside the fruity bit? I feel like doing otherwise would make the cupcakes odd…

    Comment by Anonymous — December 22, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

  9. Ooo! I love how these look! Pomegranates are one of my favorite fruits, I’m so sad that they just went out of season here :( Once I can get my hands on some, I’ll definitely try making these!

    Comment by Kirstin — January 3, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

  10. This looks so delish!!! I never know what to do with Pomegranates. Thanks for the idea ;)

    Comment by Zara — January 19, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

  11. great information you write it very clean. I am very lucky to get this tips from you.

    Comment by MBT Men Shoes — July 17, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  12. I love the idea of this recipe, it is so fruity and fun. We have linked it from in our Fruity Idea post. http://partycupcakeideas.com/five-fruity-cupcake-ideas/

    Comment by Sprinkles — July 21, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

  13. Thank you very much for this beautiful recipe. I tried it today and was successful. Our pomegranate is not as red as yours so that my cupcakes don’t look as good as yours. Thanks again, anyway.

    Comment by Thao Hadden — September 29, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  14. Ooomygosh.. so pretty! I’ve always thought pomegranates looked like jewels – this is a great way to show them off :D

    Comment by yltyeo — December 7, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

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