Finishing the Hojicha Cake
Now that you have baked a delicious hojicha cake, it’s time to have a little fun with it!
This is where you can customize and really make this recipe yours.
Add a glaze, toppings and garnish to really wow your friends and family!
Adding a glaze to your hojicha cake
If you want to add a boost of hojicha flavor to your hojicha cake (and win some extra style points) you can add a hojicha glaze.
You can mix powdered sugar with the tiniest amount of milk to create a frosting, and then just add in spoonful of hojicha powder to taste. You may find that this actually helps to balance the extreme sweetness of the frosting.
Decorating your Hojicha Cake
One of the ways you can decorate your hojicha cake and show off the fact that it is, in fact, a hojicha cake is by sprinkling it with hojicha powder. This adds a nice garnish and some extra hojicha flavor!
Topping your Hojicha Cake
Feel free to get creative with other embellishments as desired, such as fresh fruit, whipped cream, or chopped nuts. The options are endless! Just be sure to keep the hojicha theme in mind and choose accompaniments that complement the flavor like walnuts, pecans etc.
You may also want to serve some other hojicha themed treats alongside your hojicha cake! If you like this recipe, you can check out our recipe 👉 How to Make Top-Notch Hojicha Cookies
The origins of the Hojicha Cake
Hojicha cake is essentially just a cake flavored with hojicha, but before we get into how to make it, we should probably first discuss what hojicha is.
What is Hojicha?
Hojicha is a unique type of Japanese green tea made from roasted tea leaves. After the tea leaves are harvested, they are steamed, rolled, dried and then they are fully roasted in either a large hot pan or a roasting machine.
During the roasting process, the color of the leaves change from green to brown and the flavor takes on these warmer notes of coffee, caramel and chocolate.
For most types of hojicha desserts, a finely ground hojicha powder is used. This powder is incredibly versatile and it can be combined into just about any recipe with enough creativity. In this particular recipe, we are going to baking a hojicha cake using our favorite hojicha powder.
In addition to baking with hojicha, it can also be added to everything from lattes to KitKat bars. In fact, we have a whole article called 👉 Why the Hojicha Kitkat just might Take Over the World
Why does the flavor work in a Hojicha Cake?
Hojicha cake is a type of sponge cake that incorporates the flavor of hojicha tea into the batter. Hojicha has a delicious yet earthy flavor, which combines well sweeter ingredients that can offset some of its darker undertones.
The resulting hojicha cake has a sweet taste, light and delicate texture, with a subtle hojicha taste that is not too overpowering. It is a perfect choice for those who love baking and eating cakes but are looking to try something a little more exotic and adventurous.
If you're curious about the flavor of the tea, you can learn all about it in our article 👉 Hojicha Flavor: learn what does Hojicha taste like