I am not into green tea because it has a "grass-like" taste, I'm fine with it as drink but not to the dessert. The only green tea dessert that I will eat is ice cream. In fact, I only got to appreciate it few years back during a business trip in Taiwan. I couldn't recall what push me to try it out and after that I started to like it but only take selected brands, eg. Meiji as it's very creamy and the green tea taste is very subtle.
I had never thought of making any green tea cake since I know it isn't that popular at home. However, after trying out the green tea cheesecake at Ichiban Sushi, I changed my mind as it tasted unexpectedly yummy, the green tea flavor wasn't overpowering, the texture was moist and creamy.
Since then, I decided to give the "green tea cake" a chance and started to look around for recipe. There were many recipes online but I wasn't sure which one was good. I finally found this Green Tea Cheese Chiffon Cake recipe from Y3K blog and believed it should fit the bill since I was looking for something similar to Ichiban's green tea cheesecake. However, I didn't follow the recipe exactly because I needed to clear some of the old stock in the fridge. I replaced the cream cheese with cottage cheese and milk with whipping cream respectively. I also cut down 1/3 of the green tea powder amount as I knew I cannot stand the strong flavor.
Even with the cut down of green tea powder, I still find the it overpowering but my maid thinks otherwise. I guess it's up to individual. If I will to bake again, I will further reduce the green tea amount to 1/2 instead. Certainly, this can't compete with the Ichiban's but overall, it's still taste good.
Interested? Here you go .. Green Tea Cheese Chiffon Cake recipe.
P.S. I only baked half of the amount called in this that recipe and used tube pan instead.