Sakura matcha cheese tea
A delicious drink in lovely pastel colors that celebrate the Springtime
If you are looking for a latte that looks cute and tastes great while it’s still healthy(ish), you’ll love this sakura matcha cheese tea.
This milk tea is a unique twist on matcha latte: it’s inspired by the delicate hues found in Japan during spring and it combines subtly salty cheese foam with cherry blossoms powder.
The result is a mildly sweet matcha drink that looks like a pastel painting.
And the pink cheese foam sits like a cloud of cherry blossom petals, giving it just enough richness to balance the matcha’s complex flavor.
Enjoy this beautiful latte whenever you need a pick-me-up or a special treat.
It’s a unique and refreshing way to celebrate the arrival of spring!
How did this recipe come about
During this time of year, my Japanese heritage takes over and I get really excited about pastel pink, especially when it’s paired with light green.
Although I didn’t grow up in Japan, I’ve been awed by the beauty of Japan’s pink-hued landscape in the springtime, as depicted by my Japanese mother or as depicted in arts or media.
Perhaps you’ve seen it too in mangas or movies?
It reminds me of how orange, purple, and black are often associated with Halloween.
Well, Spring is for me light green and pink!
That’s why I felt inspired to create a recipe featuring those colors and one of the most iconic Japanese ingredients, matcha paired with sakura powder, which may not be as well-known, but nonetheless adds a touch of that unique Japanese character.
Pastel pink and light green are very popular in Japan during springtime because these colors are associated with the arrival of spring.
Pink evokes cherry blossoms, which are seen as a symbol of renewal, beauty, and the fleeting nature of life.
Similarly, light green brings to mind fresh leaves, a sign of rebirth and hope.
This is also why these two pastel colors are commonly used in Japan for the Dolls Festival (Hinamatsuri), also known as Girls’ Day, celebrated on March 3rd.
What you’ll need
For the matcha latte
For the sakura cheese foam
- I recommend using some batterie-driven frother or electric whisk to whip the sakura cheese foam.
- To make matcha latte, most experts recommend using a matcha whisk, but for this recipe, a handheld frother (which you can also use to whip the cheese foam) also works great.
Swaps and alternatives
Feel free to use your preferred type of milk.
I usually opt for either low-fat or full-fat dairy milk, depending on what I have available.
If you don’t have matcha powder, you could substitute it for cocoa powder. Of course, the drink will look and taste different, but it’s still yummy in its own way.
- CREAM CHEESE
If you don’t have cream cheese, you can also use plain whipping cream. However, keep in mind that cream cheese adds a richer touch to the topping.
Feel free to use your preferred alternative to sugar.
Personally, I like to swap sugar for xylitol or erythritol in this recipe.
- VANILLA EXTRACT
I love using my homemade vanilla infused honey in this recipe. It adds a delicious touch that substitutes vanilla extract and sugar at the same time.
- CHERRY BLOSSOM POWDER
An alternative to sakura powder is using strawberry powder.
You can easily make strawberry powder by blending or simply crumbling freeze dried strawberries.
Although the taste and aroma will be different, it will still be pink and yummy. Check out my separate recipe for a Strawberry cheesecake matcha latte.
Where to get sakura powder:
Cherry blossom powder isn’t the most common ingredient (even in Japan).
I live in Europe and I get mine here, but it’s only available during a very limited time in spring.
Two brands that are usually available for longer periods of time are this one on Amazon and this other one from a website that sells Japanese items online.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How to make matcha milk tea with sakura cheese foam
- Make sakura cheese foam
Combine the cream cheese, whipping cream, milk and sakura powder.
Feel free to add some sweetener if your cherry blossom powder is unsweetened.
- Prepare matcha latte
Make matcha latte like you normally do.
I like making a concentrated matcha first by combining the matcha powder (and optional sweetener) with a little amount of warm water. This avoids the matcha from clumping.
Then I add the rest of the water and whisk (use a matcha whisker or a handheld frother).
Finally I pour the milk and this matcha concentrate into a glass or mug.
Top the matcha milk with the cherry blossoms cheese foam.
Tricks and tips
- If making a one serving of cheese foam, you may whip it with a handheld, batterie-driven frother.
In this case, I recommend first stirring the ingredients with a spoon, so the cream cheese is properly mixed with the whipping cream, milk and cherry blossom powder.
- If you don’t have sakura powder, you can replace it with freeze-dried strawberry powder, as mentioned above.
- Your pink cheese foam should be pourable, but you can make it runnier or stiffer depending on your taste. The exact texture you get can vary depending on the brand of cream cheese you use and how you beat the mixture.
If your foam turns out too stiff, you can add a little bit of milk so it’s easier to pour.
On the other side, if your cheese foam it’s too runny, add more cream cheese.
- When making hot matcha latte, I recommend making the sakura cheese cream on the stiffer side, so it stays afloat and it doesn’t immediately melt into the latte.
Sakura matcha cheese tea recipe
- Handheld frother or whipping blender
Sakura cheese foam
- 1 Tbsp. Cream cheese
- 1 Tbsp. Whipping cream
- 1 Tbsp. Milk
- 1 tsp. Sakura powder
- 1 tsp. Sugar Feel free to skip if your sakura powder is sweetened
- 1 tsp. Matcha powder
- 1-2 tsp. Vanilla infused honey Or sugar (or sweetener of choice) and some vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp. Warm water
- ⅚ Cup Milk (200 ml)
- Combine cream cheese, whipping cream, milk, and sakura powder in a small container. If your cherry blossom powder is unsweetened, feel free to add some sweetener to taste. Mix everything together until you have a fluffy and smooth texture.
- Begin by making a concentrated matcha mixture by whisking together the matcha powder (and optional sweetener) with a small amount of warm water. This will help prevent any clumping. Once you have a smooth mixture, add the rest of the water and continue whisking until frothy. You can use a matcha whisker or a handheld frother for this.
- pour the matcha mixture into a mug filled with milk. Finally, top the matcha milk with a generous amount of sakura cheese foam. You can use a spoon or piping bag to create a beautiful presentation.
- If your cheese foam turns too stiff to pour it, add a little amount of milk.
If on the contrary your cheese foam is too runny, increase the amount of cream cheese.
- You can have the matcha latte hot or cold
- If making your matcha latte warm, I recommend whipping the cheese cream on the stiffer side, so it doesn’t melt as soon as you pour it.
- Feel free to switch the sugar for your sweetener of choice (I usually use xylitol or erythritol for this recipe).
I hope you enjoy this gorgeous coffee-free latte!
If you are in the mood for other pretty milk tea recipes, I encourage you to take a look at some of these recipes:
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I recently got some sakura latte powder online and was a bit disappointed by how little it actually tasted. However, the cream cheese really brings out the aroma of the cherry blossom and creates a delicious drink. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog and can’t wait to try out more of your recipes!
Wow, that’s exactly why I made this recipe (I too find it difficult to appreciate sakura in most sakura latte recipes). So, I’m really glad you liked the recipe.
Thank you for you kind comment, Stella!