What is Matcha Mille Crepe Cake?
But first, what is Matcha (抹茶)? Matcha is green tea powder. Many people ask me if the standard green tea (leaves) can be ground into “matcha”, but unfortunately, they can’t. The quality of the green tea leaves, and the complex process of drying and grinding the leaves is so much different for matcha, that it will not be something you will be able to do in your kitchen. Please read more about matcha where I explain the process in detail.
Mille Crepe Cake (ミルクレープケーキ) is a classic French pastry – Gâteau Mille Crêpes. Mille means ‘thousands’ in French. That’s an exaggeration, but it’s fun to imagine Gâteau Mille Crêpes with 1,000 layers. The pastry usually consists of 10 to 20 layers.
The most unique part of Japanese-style Mille Crepe Cake is the rounded edge of the cake. This Matcha Mille Crepe Cake is subtly sweet (it’s a real complement for Asian desserts), creamy, and slightly bitter from the matcha flavor coming through the paper-thin layers of crepes.
Tips to Make Perfect Matcha Mille Crepe Cake
1. Good quality matcha powder
Ingredients matter, especially in this Mille Crepe Cake recipe. Number one is a high-quality matcha powder If the matcha powder is relatively cheap, it’s a guarantee that it’s not high-grade matcha. Matcha is pretty expensive, even in Japan. To learn more about where to buy matcha powder, please read more on my matcha post.
2. Rest the batter for an hour
I know it’s tedious to wait, but resting the batter relaxes the gluten and the dry ingredients continue to soak up moisture from the wet ingredients. As a result, it creates thicker consistency and helps prevent the crepes from breaking.
3. Heat the pan on low heat
When you heat up the frying pan too quickly, it gets hot spots. To avoid that, you slowly heat up the pan so the pan heats evenly. It’s the key to making those perfect first few crepes. After that first batch, just leave the same low heat on all the way through.
4. Use two frying pans – one larger than the other
In Japan, slices of mille crepe cake at the pastry shops have this signature look with the rounded edge. To make it perfectly round, make the top layer of the crepe big enough to wrap the outer edge of the cake. Use a round deep plate or shallow bowl (mine is from IKEA – something like this) to ensure the nice curve shape by molding the crepe cake.
5. Take a breath and swirl the pan slowly
I’m an impatient cook. But I realized it doesn’t help when I want to make a perfect circle crepe. Just breathe, and take your time to swirl the batter slowly with the pan.