Friday, 19 April 2013

Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon Plus Giveaways

I love Cherry Blossom (Sakura) and it is always my dream that one day I would be able to enjoy a family picnic under the full bloom cherry blossom trees like those Japanese family do during the Cherry Blossom Festival (Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri). Although last year we went Tokyo during November (read more here) which it impossible to see any cherry blossom but we are bless to have Joyce who visited Osaka last week and shared her trip photos with us at Cuisine Paradise facebook page here.

Other than photos she also helps us to loop back some awesome cherry blossom products like Salt Pickled Cherry Blossoms which are pickled in salt and umezu (ume vinegar), Sakura Leaf Powder and etc which I am going to share with TWO lucky readers as our blog 8th Anniversary Giveaway #1. (refer to the participating details at the end of the post)


The first time I saw this similar chiffon was over at Happy Home Baking post way in October 2011 (here) and her beautiful Sakura Chiffon had indeed captured my heart. So when I get hold of this "precious" pickled cherry blossom (盐渍樱花) from one of my facebook friend, the first cake that comes to my mind was to bake my favourite Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon (抹茶盐渍樱花戚风蛋糕).

(Using: 17cm Chiffon Tin | Preparation: 15 minutes | Baking: 30 minutes)

80g Cake Flour
1.5 Teaspoon Matcha Powder
25g Caster Sugar
3 Egg Yolks
50ml Vegetable/Corn Oil
50ml Drinking Water
Some Salt Pickled Cherry Blossoms (盐渍樱花), soaked in water
4 Egg Whites
45g Caster Sugar

1. Rinse and soak the pickled cherry blossoms in water for about 15 - 20 minutes, removed and place it on kitchen paper towel and pat dry before arranging them on chiffon tin. (refer to the photo above)

2. Whisk egg yolks and 25g caster sugar for 2 minutes till slightly pale in colour, stir in oil and water in sequence until everything is well combined.

3. Next slowly whisk in the sieved flours (cake flour and matcha powder) into the egg mixture till no trace of flour is found. Set aside.

4. Preheat the oven to 180°C (degree Celsius).

5. Beat egg whites and 1/2 of the remaining 45g caster sugar with an electric mixer until mixture becomes frothy and foamy.

6.Add in the other 1/2 of the sugar and continue to beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form. (the whole process takes less than 5 minutes and the egg whites remains in the bowl when it is overturn)

7. Using a balloon whisk carefully whisk in the stiff egg white into the egg yolk batter in 3 separate additions, with the 1st addition to incorporate the whites into the yolk mixture till combined leaving no trace of whites.

8. Next add in the 2nd and 3rd addition of whites using the balloon whisk in a gentle manner in order not to knock off the air in the whites, just fold till no trace of whites and the mixture are well combined.

9. Lastly lift up the bowl to height, pour the mixture into the tube pan and tap the pan once or twice on a table top to get rid of any trapped air bubbles in the batter.

10. Bake the cake in the preheated oven (2nd lower rack) for about 30 minutes or when the surfaces turns golden brown. (you can insert a skewer into the centre and test if it comes out clean)

11. Remove it from the oven and invert the pan immediately to let it rest on top of a cup. Make sure it cool completely before unmould.

12. To remove the cake from the pan, run a thin-bladed knife (i use a small plastic spatula) around the inside of the pan and the center core.

13. Release the cake and run the knife/spatula along the base of the pan to remove the cake completely.

I choose to pair those pickled cherry blossom with chiffon cake is because I love it's soft and fluffy texture as well as it's low content of fat used. A slice of this Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon also goes well with a cup of Sakura Tea or any light fragrant tea of your choice.


To celebrate Cuisine Paradise's 8th Birthday, we are giving away a sets of these "Pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms + Sakura Leave Powder" bought from Japan directly to TWO of our lucky readers/followers.

To Participate:-

1. LIKE and SHARE this photo on Facebook. (remember to leave a comment that you have liked and shared over at Facebook)

2. Leave a comment at this post sharing how you would like to use these goodies?

Terms And Conditions
* This giveaway ends on Monday, 22 April 2013 (NOON, Singapore time).
* ALL readers (including those overseas with valid mailing address) of Cuisine Paradise.
* Participants must follow the instructions mentioned above to be eligible for the giveaway.
* Please leave a valid email address when filling out the comment form so that we can contact you immediately if you are one of the winners.

[UPDATED ON:- 22 April 2013m 10.40pm]

*Photos taken using Canon EOS M, M18-55 lens on Manual mode


  1. Happy birthday to Cuisine Paradise!
    I wish that I am the lucky one , so that I can use the gift to try your Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon recipe.

    Thanks :)

  2. Happy Blog Birthday. Indeed a milestone!

  3. I wish to have these to make beautiful sakura bento.........:)

  4. I will try to bake the yummy Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon cake for celebration Mother's day! :)


  5. Hmm.. I would use the pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms + Sakura Leave Powder to do cookies or macaroons!

  6. Happy Birthday to Cuisine Paradise! Hope can win & give it to my mother try it :)

  7. Happy Birthday, Cuisine Paradise! Hope to see and learn more creative and delicious recipe from you. I think these Pickled Sakura and leaves will be lovely as a Swiss roll or a jello

  8. Happy birthday!!!I have several fun sakura bento ideas! fingers crossed! I have liked and shared it on FB!

  9. Happy 8th birthday Cuisine Paradise! Thank you for sharing all the recipes and you have sure boost my confidence and passion in cooking and baking!

    I LOVE to have this to bake Cherry Blossom chiffon and Swiss roll!

    Fiona (

  10. Thank you for the fabulous Recipe! I am a lover of all things Matcha & Sakura, I will be using these lovely Pickled Sakura for making a Matcha Sakura Swiss Roll with Azuki cream filling! I will also try the above recipe for the chiffon cake!

    Happy 8th Birthday!

    Zoe Audrey Chang

  11. Happy 8th Blogversary, Ellena!

    i hope to use the gift to try out your matcha chiffon recipe with Sakura. I've never been to Japan and am curious how this cake taste like and turn out to be (: I've also seen interesting recipe such as Sakura Swiss roll and Sakura jelly. Wish to try it out too (:

    Ty for the giveaway!


  12. Happy 8th Birthday to Cuisine Paradise!

    I wish that I am the lucky readers to get these "Pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms + Sakura Leave Powder" so that I can use the gift to bake the Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon for my princesses �� thank you!

  13. Happy Blog 8th Anniversary!!!
    Hope your blog sees many more successful years ahead :)

  14. Happy 8th Birthday to your blog!! :)
    If I'm the lucky winner for these awesome sakura goodies, I will definitely use the Pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms in my bento making first, and I will use the rest for the recipe you've shared above, Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon...and for the Sakura Leaf Powder, may be I will try it in my baking, hope to see more recipes on sakura leaf powder from you..:D

    I've liked and shared over at Facebook under the name: Michelle Ng
    my email address :

  15. Would like to try out the Matcha Cherry Blossom that's just in time for Mother's Day!

    MenMen Ang @ ^ ^

  16. Have tea with the Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon

    jane lee

  17. Happy birthday!!! It will be a great birthday gift for my mum esp she has been watching cherry blossom on TV & have not really seen or eaten it :)

    My email : (Name : Lilian Lee)

  18. Happy birthday cuisine paradise. Keep it up and jiayou.

    ♥ur matcha sakura chiffon and I would like to win these beautiful sakura and try out this recipe.

    Name: Huiyin Phua

  19. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Happy 8th hatch day.

    Of cos is to try out the above recipe if I won the set.
    Hee ^_^

  21. Very Unique...

    Cheers and Happy Birthday....

    12 more days also my Birthday... Wonder if there's chance to try this Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake...

    Warmest Regards and Many Thanks,


  22. Such a pretty cake. I love how flowers are used in this. I find flowers so under rated in cooking. I would definitely try making this cake or maybe some kind of salad with the flowers.

  23. ellena, pinic under sakura tree is also my dream, may b we can date each others next time lol. happy 8th blogoversary ! Hope i am lucky.enough to be one of the winner, to use the prize to baje your matcha cherry blossom chiffon or may b swiss roll :D

  24. Liked & shared.
    Happy Birthday!
    I plan to make cherry blossom jelly & cheese if I won. Hope I am the lucky one!

  25. Happy Birthday 。。。。生日快乐 Cuisine Paradise。

    This is nice cake. :)


  26. Happy 8th Birthday!
    i so wan these! so pretty!
    Will try on chiffon and butter cake if i win these!

  27. Happy Bday~!! ^^

    Hope to try out your recipe~!!! I love chiffon cakes and have yet to try a sakura-matcha flavored one~! <3

  28. I think I would make your exact same recipe!

  29. Happy Blogiversary! Such a pretty sakura cake!

  30. I would like to add them to Konnyaku jelly. :) Sim Real

  31. I love baking! So if I'm one of the lucky winners, I will try to include this yummy product into my muffins. Yummy!

  32. Happy 8th Birthday to Cuisine Paradise. =)
    Hope to use the goodies to make Hanami Dango! Since I can't go to Japan to see Sakura. Lol.

  33. Happy Birthday ! Love to try baking chiffon with Sakura Cherry Blossom !

  34. Happy blog anniversary!

    I have liked and shared your photo.

    If I am the winner first thing I want to do is to make a beautiful matcha Sakura chiffon cake like yours.

  35. Happy Birthday .. Will like to try out ur Cherry Blossom Chiffon too :>

    From :

  36. Happy 8th Birthday!

    Would love to share this Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake with my mum to surprise her during Mother's Day! :)


  37. I plan to make cherry blossom pancake

    From :

  38. I have been dreaming of these for the longest time! I love baking but I would love to use these goodies in my handcrafted soaps and other body care products!!


  39. happy blog anniversary. I will love to make swiss roll n chiffon cake with these sakura ingredients. :)

  40. Happy 8th blog anniversary! I will like to make a chiffon cake, you know I'm a chiffon lover. Hehehe!

  41. Happy 8th birhtday !
    These cherry blossom will look amazing on anything. I wanna to make something special for both my parents in law & my parents for the coming Mother's Day. Probably an ice cream cake! :o)
    Best wishes !

  42. Happy 8th Birthday!!!

    Would love to use for my mum's coming birthday cheesecake which falls on Mother's Day as well.

  43. Happy Blog Anniversary.
    So wanna lay my hands on these gifts to bake heart-shaped matcha cookies decorated with Sakura blossoms.
    Saving some Sakura blossoms for huat kuih.

  44. I would like to bake this green tea chiffon with sakura: )

  45. Happy Happy 8th Anniversary !

    I'm a silent follower for the last 3 years and totally enjoyed your blog.

    If I win... I would love to bake your Matcha Cherry Blossom Chiffon Cake !

    Thank you for your giveaway

    Christine T

  46. Happy blog anniversary!I would like to try on chiffon cake like yours!
    I have liked and shared in FB.

  47. Happy happy birthday!
    Liked n shared. I would like to make a birthday cake to my hubby.

  48. Make one for my colleague

  49. Liked and shared. Would love to use it to make Sakura cookies.

  50. Hi happy blog birthday and if i won, i would like to use it for the recipe in this post :)


  51. wow 8 years! Not an easy feat. Congrats!

  52. Happy 8th Birthday,

    Liked and shared :) I would like to try MATCHA CHERRY BLOSSOM CHIFFON. Looks delicious... :)

    Eng Keat

  53. I would love to use these and bake a cake like you do :)

  54. i would want to bake a sakura cake my mum on Mother's Day!

  55. {EVENT CLOSED} Congratulation to Ling Yuen Chin and 苹果妈妈 for winning a set each of the "Pickled Sakura Cherry Blossoms + Sakura Leave Powder".

  56. Wow! Thank you Ellena, thank you Cuisine Paradise ! :)

  57. is there anywhere in singapore I can buy the pickled sakura from?

    1. Hi Vainny! I am not sure but you can try places like isetan or any Japanese supermarket. Lastly year Ichiban Boshi does carry some sakura products but i am not sure about this year. :)


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