green goblins

These mini Matcha Orange Muffins with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting are my sister’s fault. And there are too many matchas in that name so I’m switching to Green Goblins. It’s the witching season after all.

matcha and valencia orange muffins with matcha cream cheese frosting

Yesterday I loitered in the seasonal aisle of the drugstore thinking about my sister and the color green. I  could hear the teenage artsy-punk version of me saying, “Halloween is the BEST time to shop for nail polish, right?”

My sister is pawing through the two for 99 cents bin as she says, “BEST!” Her spikey, burgundy hair swooshes around a bit as she nods. Then she unearths the most excellent, punky green nail polish ever.

Green like matcha.

flour matcha and the whisk

Matcha is a high quality, fine-milled, Japanese green tea powder which comes in different grades from culinary to ceremonial. Matcha is high-falutin’…as in kinda pricey. I used a culinary grade which cost about $8.00 for  one ounce from Uwajimaya. An ounce is enough to make a squadron of Green Goblins and experiment with lattes, cookies, ice creams. Treat yourself to some trickery.

Matcha infuses these muffins with the earthiness of green tea and Valencia orange brings a sweet, clean, citrus contrast.  The luscious cream cheese frosting starts off sweet and has a distinct tea finish.

I listened to The Psychedelic Furs while experimenting with matcha and winding up with Green Goblins. My sister and I went to a Psychedlic Furs concert back when someone’s mother had to give us a ride to the venue…back when we rocked cut-up vintage dresses, pointy-toed shoes and cat-eye kohl….back when we shopped the after-Halloween sales and found fashion.

Happy Halloween!

green goblins matcha muffins with matcha cream cheese frosting

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7 Responses to green goblins

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  2. Green goblins FTW! I happen to lurve the color green and also by happenstance, matcha too! I’ve been obsessed with green tea lattes lately.

  3. Molly Fitz says:

    wow – yum! your photographs are looking gorgeous, and hard to resist. Love the nod to Halloween while still being super sophisticated.

  4. Christina del B. says:

    Matcha???? Will see if I can find some at the Japanese grocery down the block, otherwise as time is short, will resort to food colouring.

    This is just the thing for the new “pop” mold I found yesterday. Can’t wait to see how they turn out. Imagine “Matcha on a stick!”

    • fatpig says:

      I bet the Japanese grocery will stock it. Also most fancy-pants groceries will have it now too. I used matcha for the taste not just the color. If you’re skipping the matcha you might want to use cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg or cardamom in its place to give some depth to the flavor.

  5. Christine says:

    They look moist and tasty. Yum! Well done.

  6. I must confess I have never had matcha anything, but it seems to be all the rage in baked goods lately-so I really need to expand my taste buds. These look like a great place to start, they do look moist and tasty. You did an awesome job of color matching between the muffin and the frosting. Great post.