Jasmine Green Tea Cake with Raspberry Jam

This jasmine green tea cake with raspberry jam pairs floral jasmine-scented cake with plenty of bright (in flavor and color!) matcha buttercream. #jasminetea #matcha #cake #raspberryjam

people express themselves in different ways. (duh, heather, ofc). some do it with carefully selected outfits, but that’s not me. i’d happily live in t-shirts, dependent on what activity i’m in (i used to have a ton of buddhist youth group shirts, and then school shirts, and now everything is branded with my old internship’s logo), and yoga pants. some people express themselves through music, and while i’m more interested in music than clothes, i still don’t express myself that way. but food? THAT’S ME. i’m the kind of person who wants to infuse tea into everything and think of new cake combos (hello there, jasmine green tea cake with raspberry jam), and that’s my type of creativity.

i’ve had this idea lingering for 2 years on my too-long idea list. on a rare day when a few friends and i decided to bake (i typically go out with friends and bake alone), one of them suggested something with jasmine and matcha. fate was saying that this jasmine green tea cake with raspberry jam was ready to come to life.

This jasmine green tea cake with raspberry jam is stacked with plenty of silky matcha buttercream and tart raspberry jam. #jasminetea #matcha #cake #raspberryjam

the cake itself is on the denser side (i can’t stand those super fluffy cakes from chinese bakeries, so heftier western style cakes are much more my jam), and pretty jasmine-y when eaten / munched on / devoured / etc solo. combined with whippy, creamy matcha swiss meringue buttercream and fruity raspberry jam, this jasmine green tea cake with raspberry jam is everything i want in a birthday cake. (did i mention it’s my birthday this week? i’m keeping it pretty lowkey though, since i’ve been a little too good about keeping up with my goal to go somewhere new every weekend of this quarter). i’d recommend using a jam that’s on the tarter side or that has less sugar, because the cake + buttercream are sweet enough. and even if you follow that suggestion, this is the kind of cake that you cut slivers of and eat with plenty of icy milk or strong tea.

let’s move onto decorations. i’m more of a rustic baker, and intensive food styling is best left to my more artsy friends. so it wasn’t my idea to decorate this cake with rosemary, baby’s breath, carnation, and random leaves (sourced from a tree in my backyard), and they get allllll the credit for making this cake look so good (: and in a do as i say, not as i do manner, you might want to check to see if the foliage you’re using is suitable for touching your cake. i have no idea what kind of leaves are on this cake, but my grandma picks them all the time for tea anyways.

Decorate this jasmine green tea cake with raspberry jam with all the carnations, rosemary, baby's breath and leaves that you want! #jasminetea #matcha #cake #raspberryjam

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This jasmine green tea cake with raspberry jam is stacked with plenty of silky matcha buttercream and tart raspberry jam. #jasminetea #matcha #cake #raspberryjam
Jasmine Green Tea Cake with Raspberry Jam
Prep Time
50 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
This jasmine green tea cake with raspberry jam combines both jasmine and green teas, and layers it with fruity, sweet/tart raspberry jam.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: buttercream, cake, dessert, dried fruit, green tea, jam, jasmine tea, layer cake, raspberry, swiss meringue buttercream, tea, vegetarian
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 450 kcal
Jasmine Cake
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 T ground jasmine tea about 2 heaping T tea leaves, ground
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 T vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
Matcha Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup + 2 T granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature, cut into tablespoons
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp matcha
  • 6 T raspberry jam
Jasmine Cake
  1. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients except for the water. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then stir in the water. It will be very thin. Pour into two greased and parchment lined 6.5” round cake pans (22 oz per pan if you want to be that way) and bake at 350F until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.
Matcha Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  1. In the heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, combine egg whites and sugar. Cook, whisking constantly, until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch.
  2. Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until it holds stiff (but not dry) peaks, fluffy and cooled.
  3. Switch to the paddle attachment. Add butter several tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and matcha until smooth.
  1. Using a long serrated knife, split each cake in half cross-wise.
  2. Place a dollop of buttercream in the middle of your serving plate or cake stand, and press one cake layer into it. Spread 2 T jam on top, then cover it with buttercream. Repeat this layering processing, ending with your last cake layer on top, bottom side facing up.
  3. Scrape all of the buttercream on top of your cake, and using an off-set spatula, gently shove and smooth the buttercream to the edge of the cake and down the sides. Run your spatula or a bench scraper around the edges of the cake to smooth it out.
  4. Decorate as much as you want. There’s baby’s breath, rosemary, carnations and some leaves on this cake pictured here, but anything goes!
Recipe Notes

Cake adapted slightly from My Name is Yeh, buttercream adapted slightly from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.

This cake has a minimal amount of frosting. If you’d like more frosting, double the quantities here.

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42 Replies to “Jasmine Green Tea Cake with Raspberry Jam”

  1. Such a pretty cake, Heather! I love the pairing of Jasmine tea with the raspberry jam, totally sounds like something up my alley. And yes to minimal frosting 😉

    1. thanks michelle!! and re: the frosting, i never understood why people would have icing shots and eat all the frosting and leave the cake. it’s just so…. sweet.

  2. Such an interesting idea! I wanted to make Jasmine tea macarons and it didn’t work as planned, maybe I should try with your recipe 🙂

    1. oof macarons are just so hard! someday we’ll master them (;

  3. What an absolutely gorgeous cake Heather! And jasmine tea + raspberry jam sounds like a match made in heaven! I too can’t get enough of tea-infused desserts, although I often find a can barely taste the tea flavor, and it’s always disappointing. I’m sure, coming from a fellow tea lover though, that that is not the case with your cake! 😉

    1. oh yes, the jasmine tea and matcha definitely shine in this cake! i feel you about when anytime tea isn’t strong enough- i had a rooibos latte last week, and it just tasted like slightly sweet milk. sigh.

  4. Have a great birthday! This cake is amazing and I love how your friends decorated it!

    1. thanks! it was a good one, filled with lots of food (ofc haha)

  5. This cake is an absolute masterpiece. I love this recipe!


    1. thanks, radi! this cake is more of a time and energy commitment because it’s such a masterpiece (haha) but it’s so tasty that it’s worth it!

  6. Wow! Wow! Wow! Heather, this cake is gorgeous! I’m with you, a dense cake is a delicious cake. And I love the idea of matcha in the buttercream! My son is a matcha maniac, so this look perfect for his next birthday! Thanks for the recipe,, pinning it for later!

    1. thanks!! i flavor swiss meringue buttercream with anything and everything, but matcha and freeze-dried strawberries are some of my favorite ways to do it (:

  7. I have never had any tea flavored desserts before, but now you have me craving them!! I love this green color too 🙂 cake perfection!

    1. oooh really?! you’ll have to experiment with tea in your baking asap!

  8. This is so pretty and I love jasmine tea so I am sure I would love this cake 🙂

    1. thanks! and yes to jasmine tea- i was drinking cups on cups of it all of this past winter (:

  9. This is such a pretty cake!!! I have never tried matcha, but if I’m gonna start then it needs to be totally in the form a cake. The combination of jasmine tea cake and matcha frosting sounds so delicious and green makes it fun!!5 stars

    1. thanks!! and oh i hope you try matcha soon. it’s so tasty, and if you’re into strong tea, you’ll love it (:

  10. You are always making such unique and equally beautiful recipes Heather! I never know what to expect when I come visit you!5 stars

    1. thanks, gigi! i get bored easily with recipes so uniqueness is what excites me (:

  11. Happy Birthday, Heather! It must feel good to cross something off at that long list! Jasmine tea is such a delight and your cake looks wonderful.

    1. haha as a very list-oriented person, it does (;

  12. This Jasmine Green Tea Cake looks amazing!! Seriously blew my mind when I saw it on instagram. I like denser cakes also, I’m not into super fluffy cakes either, feels like I’me eating air.5 stars

    1. yeah fluffy cakes are too airy and i feel like they tend to taste more chemically to me. dense cakes all the way please (:

  13. Happy Birthday, Heather! This cake is gorgeous. I love the rustic look with the florals. I’m really digging the flavours in this. They sound absolutely delicious all together.5 stars

    1. thanks, marie! i love the vibe of this cake too- it’s kind of woodsy and gardeny (:

  14. vibrant looking cake. And many happy returns of the day to you :). I love the way you use different tea flavors in your recipes 🙂5 stars

    1. thanks priya! i’m obsessed with tea, hence its frequent appearance in my baking (;

  15. Wow, Heather, this cake is lovely. Simply stunning, amazing job. I wish I was there with you so we mow down this cake together and celebrate your birthday! Happy Birthday!!!

    1. thanks christina!!! now that i think about it, i didn’t have any cake on my bday. will have to fix that asap (;

  16. I love to express myself through food as well. Oh man, this jasmine green tea cake looks delicious AND IT IS MAKING ME HUNGRY AT 11PM XD. I am the opposite when it comes to cake fluffiness. I have a hard time eating hefty baked goods as it is so I rely on the fluff XD. I like the rustic vibes of the cake. It’s not flaring OCD or anything LOL.


    1. HAHA i’ve just come to accept my 11pm cake cravings (; hmm i guess i should clarify: i like fluffy cakes but if i’m using “bouncy” to describe cake, then it’s not my style lolol.

  17. Sweet Heaven indeed !5 stars

    1. aww thanks! so sweet of you (:

  18. This is a stunning cake Heather! Love the jasmine, green tea, raspberry combo! Hope you had an awesome birthday!5 stars

    1. thanks, leanne! it’s a really tasty flavor combo (:

  19. Happy belated birthday, Heather!! I hope you had a wonderful day! This is a gorgeous cake with an exquisite flavor combo. Edible or not, those leaves look perfect on the cake 🙂

    1. thanks, thao! i did (: hahaha the leaves are probably edible but i don’t think i’d actively try to eat them (;

  20. This cake is stunning, and the flavours sound amazing! I too am a rustic baker, I used to get so upset when I couldn’t make my bakes look perfect. Now I am all about the naked cakes and less frosting is also good for the waistline.

    1. thanks emma! rustic baking is the best kind of baking! and yes, i eat crappily enough that a little bit less frosting is probably a good thing (;

  21. This cake is gorgeous dude! 😀 I love the flavour of jasmine green tea and damn that raspberry jam!? That combo sounds freakin awesome! I’m just like you when it comes to chinese fluffy cakes haha! No thanks, I love denser and more moist cakes so this cake is definitely something I need put in my belly!

    1. thanks joyce! i’m more into dense cakes but that doesn’t mean i don’t eat the fluffy asian cakes when someone offers me a slice (;

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