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Green Tea Taisan Loaf Cake

I grew up in the Pampanga and Tarlac region of the Philippines, and  I remember our family often being given a Taisan cake loaf as a gift for the holidays. Now that we've lived in America for a long time,  I try to recreate the memories by baking Taisan with my own recipe. This version is a Green Tea Taisan Loaf Cake with mild hints of matcha flavors in the loaf cake. Serve this for dessert or a snack, paired with a good cup of tea. This is an Asian in America recipe. The cake loaf serves 4 to 6.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Brunch, Dessert, Merienda, Snacks
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Green Tea Taisan Cake Dessert
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • 8 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar for egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 + 1/4 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
  • 1/2 cup water room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted melted butter
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons green sugar sprinkles for sprinkling (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line the bottom of two loaf pans, each about 9 x 3 inches, with parchment paper.
  • In a separate bowl, using a cake mixer, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar at the highest speed. When there are no more trace of bubbles in the whites, add the 1/4 cup sugar gradually, a teaspoon at a time. Continue beating for 3 to 4 more minutes.
  • In another bowl,  beat the egg yolks well. Set aside.
  • Combine the matcha powder and water in a small bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
  • Separately, in a large bowl, put the cake flour and make a well in the center. Pour the beaten egg yolks and the rest of the other ingredients. Beat at low to medium speed till blended.
  • Take the bowl of egg whites, and using a spatula, very gently fold in the egg yolk batter till blended.  Make sure the whites are incorporated well and there are no white streaks in the cake batter.
  • Pour the batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake at 350 F degrees for 35 minutes. To test if cake loaves are done, place the tip of a small knife in the middle. If knife comes clean, cake is ready.
  • Cool Taisan cakes on the counter a few minutes, then loosen the sides of  the loaf pan with a small, sharp knife. Turn over and remove the  paper.
  •   Sprinkle the top of Taisan loaf cakes with a few tablespoons of green sugar sprinkles.
  • COOK'S COMMENTS: An original Taisan de Pampanga recipe is in my cookbook How to Cook Philippine Desserts, Cakes and Snacks, which is sold on Amazon in paperback or Kindle. Click this link to purchase my cookbooks and books or find the Amazon link  on my blog's home page.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 260mg | Sodium: 469mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1mg