These steamed cakes are made primarily from white bean paste with a small amount of wheat and rice flour. Matcha flavors the green layer with a few candied adzuki beans representing the "seeds" of spring. The flavor is delicate; not too sweet. The branded design is of Horsetail shoots, or Knotweed, which the Japanese forage for in the spring and is a seasonal culinary treat.
STEAMED BLACK SESAME SPONGE CUPCAKES // 1 egg, 120g cake flour, 75g caster sugar, 100 ml Sprite (or other carbonated drinks), ½ tsp emulsifier/sponge gel (can omit), 1 t black sesame paste or other flavour