Matcha, the powdered Japanese green tea lauded by wellness gurus, adds a bittersweet punch to these indulgent desserts
The Tempered Room's haute opera cake layers orange-infused almond joconde, dark chocolate mousse and matcha cream. It's all topped with a tart cassis glaze and a sprinkle of candied hazelnuts. $6.75. 1374 Queen St. W.
Miku adds a Japanese twist to a classic French treat with its elaborate opera cake, layered with green tea buttercream, adzuki bean cream, chocolate ganache, green tea genoise, hazelnut chocolate wafer and green tea glaze. $13.50. 10510 Bay St.
The matcha-infused version of Uncle Tetsu's wildly popular Japanese-style cheesecake adds an appealingly earthy element to the gloriously fluffy cake, worth every minute in the bakerys perpetual lineup. $10. 596 Bay St.
Ceremony-grade matcha from California is the foundation of Nadège's intricate Uji cake, an artful cube of green tea sponge, brown rice pudding, raspberry mousse and matcha ganache. $8.50. 780 Queen St. W.
The crunchy-creamy texture of Kingyo's frozen matcha crème brûlée, drizzled with red bean sauce, makes for a dessert that's equal parts indulgent and refreshing. $6.80. 51B Winchester St.
The Drake One Fifty's deliciously messy dessert is built with a thick piping of matcha and white chocolate ganache loaded with zingy yuzu sorbet, buckwheat choux and matcha cookie crumble. $9. 150 York St.
Pastel layers of not-too-sweet adzuki bean whipped cream and airy, souffléd matcha cheesecake make up this dreamy dessert from Millie Patisserie. $5.95. 12 Oxley St., Unit 101.
At Roselle, buttery, baked-to-order mini-madeleines are tossed in lightly sweetened Uji matcha powder and served with a matcha-infused crème anglaise for dipping. Weekends only. $6 for 10. 362 King St. E.
A delicate green dome with a chocolate brownie base, Butter Avenue's Terre et Neige is filled with matcha mousse, matcha-caramel sauce and Madagascar vanilla mousse, and capped with a tiny green tea macaron. $7.50. 3467 Yonge St., 647-341-8686; 477 Queen St. W.
Meaghan Binstock (May 10, 2016)