Matcha ombre cake

October 30 2016 by peachonomics , 0 comments - Leave a comment

Ombre, according to, is an adjective or noun meaning “ having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark”

I’ve been wanting to make an ombre cake forever, however the thought of washing up always scared me. But the cooking lightbulb went on and I came up with a method that requires only 1 mixing bowl, therefore minimal washing up! Hey, ain’t nobody got time to wash up in NYC!


The secret and most important ingredient (alongside matcha of course) is kaya jam. Kaya jam is made from boiling coconut milk, sugar and pandan for hours until reduced and adding eggs to make it custard like. Pandan is a fragrant, green plant commonly used in Southeast Asian cuisine. I’d like to think of it as the Asian vanilla. Fresh pandan leaves may be found in Southeast Asian grocery stores, you can also buy pandan extract. Kaya jam may be bought in Asian grocery stores and online.

Because the jam is eggy, I omitted eggs. It contains oil from the coconut milk so I didn’t need to add oil or butter. It’s also very sweet which means I didn’t add additional sugar. Therefore, this yummy jam makes making this cake a breeze.



  • 1/2 of a 14 oz jar of kaya jam (a coconuty, eggy spread with pandan added, available in southeast Asian grocery stores)
  • 1 container of coconut Siggi’s
  • 1 1/2 c plain flour
  • matcha powder to taste
  • [/recipe-ingredients]


Mix pandan spread, Siggi’s and flour (add flour in batches and fold gently to combine).
Add 1/3 of the batter in a baking tin (lined with baking paper or greased), spread well so the top is smooth.
Now add enough matcha (start with 2/3 tbsp and if it’s not green enough, you can add more) so that the batter becomes a light green.
Add half of this to the tin, spread the top so it’s smooth. Now add more matcha to the left over 1/3 of the batter so that it is 1 shade greener. Add to tin and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F for 1 hour.



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