The Matcha Birthday Cake

Since day one we've relied on food as a transformational, and delicious, source of beauty. We've also relied on our friends and family in the food world for constant inspiration. And when we were looking for a partner to create our seventh birthday cake with, the first person we thought of was Melissa Norton. Melissa is an Italian trained, California based chef, both of which are present in all her creations. Her take on our birthday cake marries our Matcha and Coconut Butter with Olive Oil for a deeply verdant and rich cake worthy of a celebratory birthday. Merry merry!


GF, DF, refined sugar free


Ingredients (dry)

130g GF flour (I love the brand Authentic Foods)

40g almond flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp Matcha (2 1/2 tsp if you like extra matcha flavor and color)


Ingredients (wet)

90g of olive oil (can use melted coconut oil as well!)

100 grams coconut milk (really makes a difference when it’s homemade)

2 eggs

190 g honey or maple syrup

1 T vanilla bean paste (optional)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 T lemon juice



Preheat oven to 320F

Spray a 7 inch cake pan with coconut oil or/and line with parchment.

Whisk all the dry ingredients together and set aside. Whisk the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Make sure to whisk well to incorporate honey. Add wet to dry. Mix well.

Bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean


For the vegan matcha buttercream:

1 stick of softened vegan butter

2 T softened CAP Coconut butter

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 1/2 cups coconut sugar

1 T tapioca flour or arrowroot powder

1-2 tsp Matcha ** see note for quantity

1/4 tsp salt, to taste!


Mix the coconut sugar and tapioca flour or arrowroot in a food processor or high speed blender for 1-2 mins until it resembles powdered sugar. Sift with a sifter. Set aside.

Using a mixer, beat the butters on high for 30 seconds until it becomes fluffy. Add the coconut sugar mixture 1/2 cup at a time. Mix for 1 minute more. Add matcha and mix more. Add salt. Taste and correct for salt.

*Notes: matcha amount depends on how green and grassy you want the flavor to be. Start with 1 tsp and add more as needed. A little goes a long way!

Frost your cake and top with coconut whipped cream if you like!!


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