Matcha Cakes Baked in Origami Boxes

March 4, 2017

Matcha Cake Baked in an Origami Box

March 3rd is Hinamatsuri, Doll Festival or Girl’s Day, in Japan. Families with daughters display dolls called Hina ningyo, which sit on a tiered platform. These matcha cakes baked in origami boxes are dressed to represent the emperor and empress dolls, which sit on the top tier. Who needs real dolls when you can make and eat your own?

While thinking of possible Hinamatsuri desserts I could make, I happened to stumble upon a recipe for a Funfetti cake baked in origami balloons and was instantly inspired to take it up another level. I wanted to keep the surprise factor of the hidden cakes but use actual origami instead of parchment paper, and I wanted the flavor of the cake to be more appropriate for Hinamatsuri.

Matcha Cake Baked in an Origami Box

Just a warning if you do choose to try this recipe out: folding the origami boxes is pretty time-consuming. It involves trimming the origami and parchment papers before actually folding the boxes and the lids to match. If you’ve got helpful kids around, this is where you put them to work. Watch this video to learn how to fold both the box and the lid. I used thick textured origami for the box, as I wasn’t using a muffin pan and I wanted a thick container to put the batter in. I also added a layer of parchment paper so the cakes don’t stick. Just cut the parchment paper so it’s the same size or slightly smaller than your origami, and fold them together. All the origami I used were 5.9 in² (15 cm²).

Matcha Cake Baked in an Origami Box

Once the origami boxes are folded, place them onto a baking sheet, preheat the oven to 338°F (170°C), make the batter and pour it evenly into each box.

Matcha Cake Baked in an Origami Box

Bake the matcha cakes for about 14 to 16 minutes. Once they’re out of the oven, immediately transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Matcha Cake Baked in an Origami Box

Put the lids on so whoever you’re giving these to can’t see the surprise inside!

Matcha Cake Baked in an Origami Box

Depending on where you’re from, the positioning of the emperor and empress varies. I like to put the emperor on the left and the empress on the right. But don’t worry, the way you present your matcha cakes won’t affect the taste.

Matcha Cake Baked in an Origami Box

The cake base is the same as my matcha cupcakes, but with white chocolate chips instead of a white chocolate cream cheese frosting. They’re fluffy, earthy, and not too sweet which makes it the perfect thing to pair with white chocolate!

Matcha Cake Baked in an Origami Box

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Matcha Cakes Baked in Origami Boxes

Yield: 16 cakes

Matcha Cakes Baked in Origami Boxes


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 2 tablespoons (28.35g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 340°F (170°C) and place the origami boxes on a baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and matcha powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter. Stir in the eggs, sour cream, canola oil, and milk.
  4. Add the flour mixture and white chocolate chips into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Fill the origami boxes evenly and bake for 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer them onto a wire rack immediately and let them cool completely.

I’m bringing these to this week’s Fiesta Friday, co-hosted by Laura. Come join the fun!

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  • Reply Laura March 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks for bringing your stunning matcha cakes recipe to this week’s Fiesta Friday! They are so impressive.

    • Reply Ai March 5, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Laura! Happy Fiesta Friday!?

  • Reply CHCooks March 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    How amazing Ai <3 <3 I am so in love with those origami boxes (and your brilliant idea of baking cakes in them) and wish I could try my hands at making them some day 🙂

  • Reply Angie | Fiesta Friday March 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    How come you always come up with the niftiest idea?! These are quite amazing! I WANT and NEED to make them! Seriously! ??

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