I halved the recipe because I don't have much use for a two-layer cake, so I baked one 8" round layer in my unreliable oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I didn't have matcha, so instead I ground up the contents of two teabags. Probably not the best method, and I imagine it would taste better with higher-quality, better-ground powder, but it does taste pretty good! Nice and subtle, and the texture of this cake is amazing, even with applesauce in place of half the oil. I used some leftover cream cheese icing out of my freezer rather than making green tea icing, and I have to say, I think the flavor would be too overpowering for me with tea-flavored icing too, so regular cream cheese icing (I like mine not very sweet) has a great contrast. I like the subtlety. Waiting to see what my green tea loving friends think of the cake, but thus far I think this cake easily deserves 4-5 stars if you like green tea flavored desserts!
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I halved the recipe because I don't have much use for a two-layer cake, so I baked one 8"...