Chocolate cupcakes with Greentea SMBC

Baked @ March 2017 – for frosting I use Topping Cream mixed with 2 tablespoon of cocoa powder


Original recipe called Azuki Chocolate Cupcakes, kindly shared by Ng Mee Teng
As I do not have azuki beans, I named it Chocolate cupcakes instead with some changes.
175g Unsalted Butter
170g Castor Sugar
3 large eggs (65g) – room temperature
160g Plain Flour or Superfine Flour or Low protein flour – original recipe was 130g
50g Cocoa Powder (I used Valrhona 100% cocoa powder) -original recipe was 80g
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda – I added this
1/4 tsp Salt
125ml Buttermilk  – made from 120g of milk +  1/2 tbsp Vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 160C fan mode. Prepare muffin tin with cupcakes paper cases.
2. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar till light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture alternatively with buttermilk into the batter using low speed, starting and ending with flour. Scrap the bowl with a spatula when necessary and give it a few folds to mix evenly.
4. Fill the paper cups to about 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 mins or till skewer inserted into a cupcakes comes out clean.
Cool completely on wire rack before adding frosting.

IMG_9663Swiss Meringue Buttercream :
3  Egg whites (Large eggs)
130g Castor Sugar
180g (reduced from 225g) Unsalted Butter,  cut into 1 inch cubes, slightly thaw but still cold and firm
2 tbsp Greentea Powder

1.In the stand mixer bowl whisk together egg whites and sugar over a double boiler until the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep whisking to avoid cooking the eggwhites!
2. Remove from heat once the sugar has completely melted and using a stand mixer, beat the eggwhites for 4-5 mins or until stiff peaks forms and meringue is about room temperature.
3. Add the butter, 2 pieces at a time and continue to whisk till it holds stiff peaks. This may take about 10 mins.
4. Add Greentea powder and continue to beat until just combined. Use a spatula to scrap the bowl until evenly mixed.
5. Transfer the SMBC into a piping bag with a nozzle attached and frost your cupcakes as desired.




  1. Chloe said

    Hi Jeannie . Lovely cupcakes. I like your green tea smbc. Looks so silky smooth. What speed do u use when u add in the butter. Also do u need to wait for the meringue to be completely cold before adding the butter? Thanks for sharing. Chloe


    • jeannietay said

      high speed. keep adding one by one. my meringue still a bit warm when I start to add butter but my butter also quite cold.


      • Yvonne said

        Hi Jeannie, I have try the chocolate cupcake yesterday but is dry n not so soft when I have it today. It still taste nice though. Not sure where I gone wrong. Over beaten?


      • jeannietay said

        You’ve most likely overbaked it. There should still have some crumbs sticking to your skewer when you test for doneness.


      • Yvonne said

        Thanks Jeannie 😀Will try again.


  2. Silvia said

    Hi Jeannie, for chocolate cupcake ingredient.
    125ml Buttermilk – made from 120g of milk + 1/2 tbsp Vinegar
    May I know which type of vinegar should we buy. Any brand to recommend.

    Wish u have a wonderful Christmas.
    Many Thanks


    • jeannietay said

      Any type is fine. You can even use lemon juice.


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