Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

 

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse. This rich chocolate cake is filled with a zen-like matcha mousse & topped with matcha buttercream & fun matcha Pocky sticks.

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The Ghormeh Sabzi that the Mr and I shared with you back in February (see the post HERE), was featured on the Feedfeed along with several other amazing Middle Eastern dishes.  If you are in the mood for some very exotic food that is guaranteed to send your senses into orbit,  I highly suggest you stop by and peruse all the lovely photos (you can see the Feedfeed feature HERE).  But be warned, you are going to leave this feed feeling extremely hungry and undoubtedly inspired.

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

 

On a separate note, the Mr. and I have been trying to get together with friends monthly for board game night.  On our previous game night we played The Settlers of Catan.  This was my first time playing this game.  Have any of you played it before?

It’s a strategy game where you collect resources that can be used to build roads, settlements and ultimately cities.  Each settlement and city is worth Victory Points and the first person that earns 10 Victory Points is declared the winner.

 

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

 

Since the placement of your first settlement is key in this game, I made sure that my settlement was connected to hexes that had a high probability of  being rolled.  I also made sure it was near a port since this earns you extra resources.  Lastly I made sure my settlements were connected to at least one of each resource.  I was pretty happy with my strategy and secretly thought, “I’m going to kill it in this game”.   But that feeling was short lived as roll after roll I didn’t have a single resource in my hand.  As a matter of fact, I can say that for the first 30 minutes or so it was looking like I had no chance in Hades of winning this game.   I quickly became bored as I watched the other players collect fistfuls of resources and expand their cities and settlements across the game board.   I couldn’t help but wonder how I could be doing so poorly because my strategy seemed so foolproof.  Just as I had given up hope of a victory, out of nowhere, the sun and the moon aligned and the heavens opened up and rained resources into my hand, enabling me to sprint out of nowhere into the victory chair.  Ha!  Told you it was a foolproof strategy.

 

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse Recipe

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse Recipe

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse Recipe

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse Recipe

I was still celebrating my rise from underdog to victor when the Mr. and I decided to call it a night.   The Mr., being the gentleman that he is, offered to run down the street to get the car while I stayed all nice and toasty inside the lobby.  As he pulled up, I waved goodbye to the security guard and started to run towards the car.  Suddenly, out the corner of my eye, I noticed that something was also scurrying towards the car in a path parallel to mine.  Heart racing, I stopped dead in my tracks.  My eyes tried to pierce the darkness in an attempt to decipher what was moving towards the car.  This is the concrete jungle, so most of the animals you likely are to encounter are of the human kind.  

Was it a cat?  No, it’s movements weren’t very catlike.

It’s too small to be a dog.

Was it a rat?  Yeah. . .it could be a rat.  I’ve certainly seen more rats during my short time in Boston then I have ever seen in my life.   But if it is a rat, it’s a big mutant rat of sorts.  

 

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse Recipe

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse Recipe

 

At this point the Mr. had no clue what was going on and he was vigorously waving at me to get into the car.  He was blocking the flow of traffic and I am pretty sure that passerby’s thought I was just another intoxicated fool prowling the streets of Boston on a Saturday night.

As I stood there dancing on my tip toes, trembling with fear, pointing at the frightened beast I was able to get a good look at it.  But what was it?  I had never seen anything like it in my life.  It was about the size of a groundhog, had the face of a beaver, but a tail that was more rat-like.

By this time the security guard inside my friend’s building had taken note of all the commotion I was causing and came outside.

“Is there a problem?” she asked.

“There’s some animal that ran under my car but I have no idea what it is.”  I replied.

She peered under the car and came back up as clueless as I was.  The Mr. was starting to get impatient by this time but there was no way I was going to even attempt to get into the car as the mystery animal was parked right under the passenger side door broadcasting his growls.  Unfortunately, if any attempts were made to move the car the poor, scared critter was likely to become a protein pancake.

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

 

The security guard went into the building and came back with a broom which she used to gingerly nudge the mystery animal from beneath the car.  As frightened as I was, it was sort of humorous to watch her gently prod the critter down the city sidewalk, behind the building and back towards the ocean.

Of course when we got back home we had to play private investigator.  Any guesses what the animal was?

The mystery animal turned out to be a muskrat.  I have since seen two other muskrats since said incident. . . which by the way was only 2 weeks ago.   And might I remind you that I tend to attract weird animal encounters (read about another encounter I had while vacationing in Hawaii HERE).

 

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

 

So with incidents like this in my life I need plenty of Zen moments to balance myself out.  And what is more Zen than a nice cup of Matcha?  But rather than bring you another fantastic cup of Matcha, I decided I would dessert it all up and create this chocolate cake filled with a matcha mousse, sealed with a matcha buttercream frosting and bejeweled with Matcha flavored Pocky sticks.  In case you are not familiar with Pocky sticks, they are a Japanese biscuit shaped in stick form and covered with chocolate or other flavored coatings.  You can generally find them in Asian markets or online HERE.  I personally think they add a fun element to the cake and they are quite tasty.

Here’s to more Zen moments and less scary animal encounters.

XOXO-

Lynn

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

Yield: 6-10 servings

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

Your tastebuds deserve zen moments with this Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake filled with matcha mousse & topped with matcha buttercream & matcha Pocky sticks.

Ingredients

    For the Chocolate Cake:
  • 1.5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup coffee
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 boxes (2.47 oz) of Pocky Matcha sticks
  • For the Matcha Mousse Filling:
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup (2-3/8 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 1 tablespoons Canton (ginger liquor) or water
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cup (14 ounces) heavy cream, divided
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • For the Matcha Buttercream:
  • 2 sticks of butter (1/2 pound)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream + more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon matcha

Instructions

    For the Chocolate Cake:
  1. reheat the oven to 300° F.
  2. Brew your coffee. Relax, peruse my blog and enjoy a cup of joe.
  3. Prepare two 7 inch pans: Get out your parchment paper and tear off a sheet as wide as the cake pan you’ll be using. Place the cake pan on the parchment paper and trace around the bottom of it. Cut out your circle. Spray the bottom of the cake pan with cooking spray. Place the parchment paper on the bottom of the pan. Spray the parchment paper & sides of the cake pan with cooking spray.
  4. Combine the coffee and chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Stir until the chocolate has melted and is nice and smooth.
  5. Set the chocolate aside so that it can cool off a bit and move onward with the rest of your cake making operation.
  6. In a big bowl, combine the dry ingredients ( flour through salt). Use a fine mesh sieve to aerate these ingredients. Try not to make a mess while you are doing this.
  7. In another big bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer until they thickened and are light in color.
  8. Add the oil, buttermilk, vanilla extract and the cooled chocolate coffee to the eggs and continue beating until all these ingredients are combined.
  9. Continue to beat and slowly add in the flour mixture. You are done when all the ingredients look well mixed and you no longer see powder streaks.
  10. Pour the batter into your prepared pans.
  11. Bake for 44-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Keep the cakes in the pans and let them cool completely before removing them.
  13. Create four layers by cutting each round horizontally with a serrated knife.
  14. Spread the matcha mouse filling (see the link below for the recipe) on top of one of the layers, then place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  15. Remove cake from the refrigerator and place a second cake round on top of the mousse layer. Spread the mousse over top of the second cake layer, then place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining 2 rounds.
  16. Frost the cake with the matcha buttercream (recipe below).
  17. Decorate the cake with the Pocky sticks.
  18. For the Matcha Mousse Filling:
  19. I used Hungry Rabbit’s Matcha Mousse recipe for the filling. Find the link HERE
  20. For the Matcha Buttercream:
  21. At least an hour before you frost the cake, remove the sticks of butter from the refrigerator. You want them to be at room temperature before you start to make the buttercream.
  22. Measure your powder sugar and then aerate it by passing it through a fine mesh sieve.
  23. In a big bowl, whip the butter using an electric mixer. Do this until the butter is light and fluffy.
  24. Slowly add the powdered sugar into the whipped butter and continue to whip until the frosting is light and airy.
  25. Beat in the vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream. You can add more or less whipping cream to achieve your preferred consistency.
  26. Add in the matcha and beat until it is well mixed. Your buttercream should have an earthy green color. Don’t you feel close to nature now?
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Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse. This rich chocolate cake is filled with a zen-like matcha mousse & topped with matcha buttercream & matcha Pocky sticks. Click for RECIPE.

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse. This rich chocolate cake is filled with a zen-like matcha mousse & topped with matcha buttercream & matcha Pocky sticks. Click for RECIPE.

20 thoughts on “Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

  • May 7, 2015 at 9:29 am
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    This looks absolutely delicious! Super creative use of pocky 🙂

    I bought a lot of matcha powder when I was in Japan and wanted to know what I can use it for (other than tea). Now I have some inspiration 🙂

  • May 7, 2015 at 10:31 am
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    Awe thanks! Pocky is such a fun little treat and I love the whimsy it can bring to any dessert. Lucky you to bring back so much matcha from Japan. As far as creative uses for it. . .you might want to check out Snixy Kitchen’s blog as she has loads of recipes using matcha.

    http://www.snixykitchen.com/?s=matcha&x=0&y=0

    Le Jus D’Orange also has some stunning matcha recipes.
    http://lejusdorangeblog.com/2015/01/22/buttermilk-matcha-rolls-with-black-sesame-cinnamon-filling/

  • May 8, 2015 at 10:23 pm
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    I’ll have to keep an eye out for muskrats the next time I go into Boston, which will hopefully be soon to visit all of my favorite haunts. I love the Greenway when the flowers are in peak bloom. This cake is striking and super creative!

    • May 19, 2015 at 7:50 am
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      You should easily be able to find them when you are near the water. Once you know what they are (and assuming they don’t catch you by surprise) they are kind of cute.

      Hope you can make it to Boston soon. The weather has been pleasant as of late. Not too hot. . .not too cold. . .and there is always a nice breeze coming in off the ocean (especially in the evenings).

  • May 10, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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    I’ve never seen a muskrat here before! I actually had to google it to see what it looked like 🙂 Can’t believe you’ve seen three in a matter of weeks! I love the idea of monthly game nights too. I’ve played Settlers once, but I had a really hard time getting into it. I ended up winning, which was definitely nice, but I had zero strategy 😉

    Also, this cake sounds super tasty and your photography is gorgeous as always. I’m always on board for anything that involves pocky!

    • May 19, 2015 at 7:55 am
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      I live on the ocean. . .so perhaps that is why I have been so lucky with the muskrat sightings. Ha! Ha! The luck must have been with you when you played Settlers. . .that or no one else had a strategy either. 🙂 I had some difficulties getting into it myself; however, I thought perhaps it was because I was sitting there with nary a resource in sight. Anywhoo. . .game night is fun. . .and we rotate houses so it makes it easy on everyone.

      Pocky is pretty fabulous. I wasn’t sure how I would like the matcha Pocky. . .but it had a nice creamy taste and just enough “green” to add an interesting flavor element without being earthy.

  • May 11, 2015 at 12:24 pm
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    We are big Pocky fans over here (I think it’s all our time spent in Asian airports!). I love love love this cake. And that picture up top is gorgeous!!! xx

    • May 19, 2015 at 7:58 am
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      Pocky is a fun little treat. . .but way too easy to eat the entire box. I can see why it would be the perfect snack for airports and travel (I might need to pack a few boxes in my carry on next time). Hope you find the opportunity to whip up your own Pocky cake in the future as a way to celebrate all your memories from times spent living and traveling about Asia.

  • May 12, 2015 at 11:17 pm
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    This is so lovely and so creative – I just love it! I’m a big fan of Pocky, but I’ve never had matcha Pocky! It’s like rolling my two favorite flavors into one!

    Absolutely stunning cake!

    • May 19, 2015 at 7:58 am
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      I think you will love the matcha Pocky. Thanks for the sweet comments. I had a fun time making this cake.

  • May 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm
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    Lynn, this look absolutely amazing. It is so beautiful & I love that you used Pocky to crust the delicious cake. The photographs are also so stunning. I love cooking with matcha & this is definitely inspirational. Now I need to go off & fill up on my matcha….because I need more.

    Interesting story about the muskrat. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person before, but like you, I have seen a little mouse (not a rat) in my apartment. THANKS BOSTON. -_- This darn city life & the winter. I really enjoyed not having flies in the house & now since the snow has melted….they’re….back. Oye.

    Also, your link didn’t work (it was missing a colon). Congrats on the feature! I try really hard to get featured on one of those sites, but I’ve only been successful with one (Sorted). Alas, I will not be recognized just yet, but I suppose I must be patient.

    • May 19, 2015 at 8:12 am
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      Glad you liked the cake Tiff. Funny enough. . .I am a big tea totaler but only recently started drinking matcha. The reviews had said it is an acquired taste (like beer and coffee) and since I usually don’t do well with those types of foods and drinks. . .I foolishly thought i wouldn’t like it (despite being a green tea drinker). Anyhow. . .I love it and have no idea why it would be considered an acquired taste.

      As far as rodents, I am petrified of them so I don’t think I would have done as well as you with the little mouse. I know mouse sightings are pretty common in Boston given the houses are so old but I have been lucky enough not to see one in my house. I also haven’t had issues with flies ( I keep screens on my windows because I worry my kitties will fall out the window – they are well known klutzes). Of course my Bengal kitty is a master fly hunter. . .so that could be why there is never a fly in sight. 🙂

      Thanks for the heads up on the link. I’m not sure what is going on with it but will definitely try to fix it. As far as features in the well regarded food communities. . .it is pretty difficult to get featured. In a way I feel it is part luck (unless you are a well established blogger). . .posting your picture at the time that they are gearing up for a feature. I say keep trying and look for messages on upcoming features.

  • May 15, 2015 at 7:24 pm
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    I LOVE board games! I probably would have had the same mentality as you “I’m gonna kill it in this!” Sorry you didnt…actually kill it. That would have been my luck too. I have never seen a muskrat, and honestly I don’t care to! But I would like to see a table full of matcha pocky cakes! 🙂 this cake looks delicious and I love the way you decorated it with the pocky! Super clever and seriously cute♡ Cheers and thanks for sharing!

    • May 19, 2015 at 8:16 am
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      A muskrat in a distant patch of grass along the riverside might not be a bad thing to see as they have the cute face of a beaver. I just don’t want one to jump out at me while I am leaving a building in the city in the cloak of darkness (scary!).

      Glad you enjoyed the Pocky cake. I just had another thought. . .Pocky comes in a range of flavors. . .how fun would it me to make a Pocky rainbow cake? Hmmm. . .

  • May 31, 2015 at 4:35 am
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    Goergeous cake! I love the matcha green color, absolutely adore it. Wish we had pocky sticks around here, they sound fun, although I suppose I could make my own somehow. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm
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      That Matcha green color is pretty amazing, isn’t it Oana. It’s a shame that you can’t find Pocky sticks in your area (they are so good); however, I think it would be fun to either make your own or use any cookie or biscuit that is shaped in a stick form. You could even dip that cookie in a chocolate flavored with matcha.

  • June 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm
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    Beautiful cake!!! And your photos are gorgeous! My daughter was obsessed with pocky for a while- she was in her anime/manga phase. I was constantly hunting it down- never ran into matcha! Now I’m super curious…and especially about this stunning cake!

  • January 7, 2016 at 11:23 am
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    I absolutely love this! The cake is beautiful and the combo of chocolate and matcha sounds amazing!

  • May 1, 2016 at 10:34 am
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    Hello Lynn!

    I was searching for a matcha cake recipe I can make for my sister’s upcoming birthday (we love matcha!) and came across your site with this recipe. Your cake looks gorgeous and yummy, I think my sister will love it. And the recipe is fairly easy to follow for a home baker. But I don’t have a 7-inch cake pan, and they don’t carry that pan size in baking supply stores where I’m from. I was wondering if I can make this with either 6-inch or 8-inch pans which I already have, and how should I adjust accordingly. Even though I have 9-inch pans, I don’t want to make too much and double the recipe. Hope you could help. Thanks.

    • May 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm
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      Happy Sunday Lea!

      Glad you found my matcha pocky cake in the vast inter web. My hubby took it into work and it was a big hit. It’s very easy to make and I’m sure your sister will love it.

      I’ve made this cake in both 7 inch and 9 inch pans. For 9 inch pans I usually double the recipe. If you don’t need that much cake there may be a couple of better options for you.
      1.) You could use your 6 inch rounds and make the layers a bit thicker. I haven’t done this yet. . .so just take care that you don’t overfill the pans.
      2.) You could use your 6 inch rounds and make several thinner rounds. So rather than baking 2 cake rounds, you would bake 4-5 thinner rounds (with equal amounts of batter). Some people people find it difficult to divide the rounds evenly so they prefer to bake more thinner rounds. This of course will take more time unless you have 4-5 cake pans of the same size.
      3.) You could use your 6 inch rounds and bake any remaining layers in smaller pans. Sometimes I do this and freeze the mini cake later. If you do this wrap the rounds in aluminum foil, they wrap them several times with plastic wrap.
      4.) You could use the 8 inch pans and just have slightly thinner layers.
      5) Or it might be fun to bake one 6 inch round. . .then one 8 inch round. . .and place the 6 inch round on top of the 8 inch (sort of like a wedding cake). They you could wrap pocky sticks around each layer so you would end up with 2 layers of pocky sticks. This is my favorite option btw.

      As for bake times. I usually like to set my timer for 30 minutes and check to see how the cake is doing. If it is still jiggly in the center. . .I know it needs more time and check it again in 5 minutes. If it appears firm. . .I check doneness with a toothpick. You may find that the 6 inch pan requires less baking time and the 8 inch requires a tad more. . .a lot of it depends on your oven.

      Are you going to cover your cake with the matcha pocky sticks? You can typically find them at Asia grocers. . .or on Amazon. If not, I think it would be really nice to frost using the petal frosting technique. I did this for my watermelon inspired cake. See it here: http://www.theroadtohoney.com/watermelon-inspired-layer-cake/ It’s a really easy frosting technique but always looks impressive. You simply put the frosting in a piping bag (or a plastic baggie with one of the corners snipped off), place a vertical row of dots down the cake, then use an offset spatula or spoon to push into the center of each dot and drag it out, creating a tail. Then place another overlapping row on top of the tails of the first row. And continue doing this around the cake. I usually find this requires a bit more frosting. . .so you might want to make 1.5 times the amount of frosting.

      Apologies for the long winded reply. . .but there are so many options for you to tailor this based on what fits best for you. I’d be interested in hearing how it went. . .and seeing photos of how your cake turned out. Please don’t hesitate with additional questions. Happy baking and happy birthday to your sis.

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