April 04, 2016 3 min read

Matcha Black Sesame Swirl Cupcakes Recipe with green tea and sesame frosting

Today we have an awesome matcha dessert by Christina and Aaron, aka@chrissiessweets:Matcha Black Sesame Swirl Cupcakes!

Christina and Aaron are the amazing bakers behind Chrissie’s Sweets, a home-based bakery located in San Francisco. They love baking and incorporating their Asian roots into their recipes for all to enjoy!

Aside from cupcakes, they also bake cookies, cakepops, and many more sweets and treats. Check out their gorgeous works here:

These lovely matcha green tea cupcakes are topped with matcha frosting and swirled with black sesame frosting. This means you’ll get that luscious matcha taste along with a pleasant, rich and nutty hint of black sesame.

Black sesame has been popularly used in Asian cuisine and baking because of its delightful flavor and great nutrient profile.

Loaded with protein, iron, calcium, vitamins B1 & E, black sesame is great for your skin, heart and digestion. In fact, it’s considered a secret for weight loss in Asia!

Let’s get baking…

Matcha Black Sesame Swirl Cupcakes


Yield: 24 large cupcakes

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Kenko Tea matcha (more / less for your desired matcha taste)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temp.
  • 1 ¼ cups plain greek yogurt, room temp.
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract


Matcha buttercream

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp of Kenko Tea matcha, sifted (more /less for your desired matcha taste)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of milk

Black Sesame buttercream

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp of finely grounded black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of milk



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients (flour, matcha, baking powder, baking soda & salt) together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes).
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating to combine after each addition.
  5. Add vanilla extract and greek yogurt, beating until just combined.
  6. Mix at low speed while adding the flour in several additions.
  7. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition & Mix until just combined.
  8. Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few clinging crumbs.
  9. Transfer cupcakes to cooling rack and let them cool completely


  1. Cream butter, powdered sugar and matcha until combined using the stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  2. Add vanilla extract and milk and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Scoop matcha buttercream into a piping bag.
  4. Cream butter, powdered sugar and sesame seeds until combined using the same cleaned mixer.
  5. Add vanilla extract and milk and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
  6. Scoop black sesame buttercream into a separate piping bag
  7. Cut the ends off both bags and flatten the bags slightly
  8. Place them side by side in a third, large piping bag with the nozzle and squeeze the icings evenly down the bag towards the nozzle.

Homemade delicious green tea cupcakes with creamy matcha frosting swirled with black sesame frosting.

Ta-da! These scrumptious matcha green tea cupcakes bring a big smile to anyone you give them to.


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Lovely green color powder

First matcha purchase!

So far I have made tea cookies, raw nut/fruit balls, smoothies, and plain matcha with cashew milk and it's all good to me! Don't have much to compare it to but a chain coffee shop latte experience years ago. I learned the amazing benefits that make the cost of matcha well worth the price.

I have yet to receive my order

This review is not about the quality of the set, but based on my customer service experience. Placed my order on April 13th, got shipping notification on April 14th, and the last shipping notification I got was April 16th saying USPS was awaiting the item in Buena Vista, CA. Emailed customer service April 22nd and received a response the same day from a member of your team saying he would inform me once he receives info from usps. I also contact usps and they stated they have no information regarding the package. As of today, April 27th, I have yet to receive any information about my order. This was meant as a gift that will now be late. Was very excited to try the set and the matcha, but this experience makes me doubt if I will order from Kenko again, unfortunately. Would appreciate this problem being solved as soon as possible. Thank you.

first time matcha drinker

Good starter set! Comes with everything you need if you're a newbie and directions too!

Perfect set

This is a perfect Matcha set for someone who likes the tea! Classy!