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Matcha Cake with Meringue and Coconut Flakes

An easy matcha cake topped with toasted meringue and coconut flakes.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: matcha cake, matcha cake recipe
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 404kcal


Matcha Cake

  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature


  • 4 egg whites room temperature
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • cup granulated sugar


  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes toasted


Matcha Cake

  • Move oven rack to the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Prep a 9 inch round cake pan. Grease the pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, and grease the top of the parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Mix the all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and matcha powder in a bowl and set aside. Sift matcha powder to prevent clumping.
  • In a separate bowl, mix sugar, eggs, canola oil, vanilla extract, and buttermilk until well combined.
  • Sift the dry ingredients from step 3 into the wet ingredients. Mix until a smooth batter forms. This will be a thin batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Tap the pan on a flat surface to get rid of some of the bubbles.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake completely at room temperature. This can take up to an hour.
  • After the cake is done cooling, make your meringue (see below for instructions).
  • Use a spatula to top your cake with the meringue. Use a kitchen torch to toast the meringue.
  • Sprinkle coconut flakes on top and serve.


  • Use a hand or stand mixer to whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. It should look foamy with small bubbles. Start on a low speed to break up your egg whites and slowly increase your speed.
  • Add the cream of tartar and whisk a few times.
  • Lastly, add about 1/3 of the sugar. Whisk to incorporate. Repeat this process a few times (~3 times) until all the sugar is incorporated. Whisk the meringue until stiff peaks form.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg