Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with SAFE + FAIR Vanilla Cake Mix

A plate of Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with a cup of green tea and a teapot

I loved making Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes using SAFE + FAIR’s Good to Give Vanilla Cake Mix. If you love green tea or chocolate, they’re awesome together in a cupcake!

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*This post was edited on 11/7/2022 because Safe + Fair Food Company has discontinued making their cake mixes. You can adapt this recipe with your favorite cupcake recipe or substitute with a different cake mix.

Reasons to love SAFE + FAIR

I’m so excited to share my recipe for Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes in partnership with The Safe + Fair Food Company (SAFE + FAIR). They sent a big box of their Abby’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, Remy’s Cinnamon Grahams, Good to Give Vanilla Cake Mix, and Good to Give Cheddar Mac & Cheese. If you haven’t heard about SAFE + FAIR yet, there are many reasons to love them.

  • SAFE + FAIR clean label products are rigorously tested, clearly labeled, and affordably priced.
  • The company maintains high standards to help people live free from the ingredients they are looking to avoid.
  • Their products are Peanut and Tree Nut-Free, Clean Label, Non-GMO (the Cheddar Mac & Cheese is made with non-GMO pasta), which I can totally get behind.
  • They donate 3% of their proceeds to Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, which I love and support whole-heartedly.
  • And they make it easy for us to talk about food allergies and raise awareness with #FoodAllergyFreeFriday.
Gift box with cake mix, mac & cheese, Abby's cookies, and Remy's Grahams
Goodies from SAFE + FAIR, yummy!

SAFE + FAIR: Food-Allergy-Friendly & Clean Label

SAFE + FAIR is a peanut and tree nut-free allergy mom’s dream come true. Their allergen labels are easy to understand. For example “Contains: Wheat. Manufactured on a line that processes: egg, milk, soy. Made in a peanut and tree nut free facility” is printed on a package of Good to Give Vanilla Cake Mix.

If you’re still wondering if SAFE + FAIR’s Good to Give Vanilla Cake Mix is right for your family, SAFE + FAIR provides the following additional information on their website so you can decide if this product is safe for your family:

  • The Safe + Fair Food Company follows 16 proprietary measures to ensure our products are safe and of the highest quality. We rigorously audit and continuously monitor our partners to maintain a high-quality supply chain. Extensive technical information is required on every raw material and ingredient used in our products.
  • We audit and then validate the manufacturing and production facilities of our products and ingredients by location.
  • Our manufacturing plants are dedicated peanut and tree nut-free and all the ingredients we purchase are also from peanut and tree nut-free facilities.
  • Each and every food production lot is tested for: Peanut, Almond, Hazelnut, Walnut, Cashew, Pistachio, Macadamia, Brazil, Coconut and Pecan.
  • Other food allergens like Egg, Milk, Soy, Wheat, Fish and Shellfish are tracked and isolated in our facilities. These allergens are clearly noted on packaging if they are used in our products or processed in our facilities. For example, the vanilla cake mix is manufactured on a line that processes: egg, milk, soy.
  • We are confident to say our policies have been validated by the leading independent food allergy laboratories in the country.

Not only do they have an allergen management plan, SAFE + FAIR is committed to being a clean label company. Their products will never contain artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat. The cake mix is made with non-GMO ingredients.

Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with a package of vanilla cake mix and promo code alert

Good to Give Vanilla Cake Mix: Time Saver and Yum!

Hello, Good to Give Vanilla Cake Mix, I can think of so many possible fun desserts, including Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. I love a cake mix anytime, but they’re an invaluable timesaver when I need to leverage the simplicity of a cake mix in order to make time for other busy mom activities. If you love green tea and chocolate as much as I do, you will love making and eating these gorgeous Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes.

Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are super easy to make. I follow the instructions printed on the cake mix and add matcha powder, which is finely ground up premium green tea, and chopped up nut-free chocolate chips and baked according to package instructions for cupcakes. I added more matcha powder and chocolate extract to a simple buttercream frosting and sprinkled chocolate shavings and finely chopped chocolate chips as a final garnish.

I filled each liner about halfway to make 24 cupcakes and bake until done (about 19 minutes). The matcha chocolate chip cupcakes were modestly sized, didn’t quite reach the top of the cupcake liner. They have an airy texture and were perfect with frosting.

Matcha Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I love to look at decorated cupcakes with piped frosting but I am a “less is more” kind of gal. I also use organic sugar and organic butter and it seems so wasteful to pay a premium for organic ingredients and then scrape off extra frosting.

I make just enough buttercream to spread the frosting on 24 cupcakes and add sprinkles or other decorations to make them look pretty. If you like more frosting or want to pipe your frosting, double the frosting ingredients to make more.

Frosting tips:

  • It’s important to work fast before your frosting dries up and hardens. Give your bowl of frosting a quick stir every few minutes.
  • Use an offset spatula, a smaller one if you have one (about the size of a paring knife or vegetable peeler) so you can spread the frosting neatly.
  • This is a great opportunity to invite little helpers who can assist with mixing, frosting, and sprinkles.
  • Make ahead option: make the matcha chocolate chip cupcakes one day before an event and store overnight in a refrigerator, but take them out early so they can come to room temperature before serving. 
A plate of Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with a cup of green tea and a teapot
Make Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes for a tea, spring party, or gathering.

Allergy Aware Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Use your favorite nut-free chocolate chips and coarsely chop them by hand, the variations in size help to spread the chocolate chips throughout the cupcake. 

I don’t have any specific recommendations for matcha powder. Most matcha powders are made in tea-only facilities so I selected a mid-priced matcha at my local Asian market. You want a matcha powder that is fresh and bright green, so check best by labels and inspect for freshness. Be sure to contact manufacturers if you have any specific concerns.

SAFE + FAIR Supports Food Allergy Research & Our Community

If you know me or know our family’s story, you know that I support food allergy research because of my son’s involvement and amazing outcome in a clinical trial at Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. I am so proud to partner with SAFE + FAIR because they donate 3% of proceeds to my favorite food allergy research center.

Eat yummy treats, share on social media, and talk! You can join in to help build awareness and inspire change. SAFE + FAIR launched Food-Allergy-Free Friday, a social movement asking individuals to commit to supporting the food-allergic community on Fridays. Share your SAFE + FAIR product ideas, recipes and tips that support the Food-Allergy-Free Friday movement using the dedicated hashtag #FoodAllergyFreeFriday. What an easy and simple way to start a conversation with your community about why food allergies are important in your life.

This recipe as written is free from peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.

Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with SAFE + FAIR Vanilla Cake Mix

I loved making Matcha Chocolate Chip Cupcakes using SAFE + FAIR’s Good to Give Vanilla Cake Mix. If you love green tea or chocolate, they’re awesome together in a cupcake!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 24
Calories 181 kcal


  • 1 package SAFE + FAIR Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips divided

Matcha Buttercream

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract optional
  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line two 12 cup cupcake/muffin tins (or one 24 cup tin) with parchment paper liners.

  2. Chop chocolate chips, use your knife to separate the larger pieces to go into the cupcake batter and use your knife to scrape up the finely chopped pieces and set aside for decorating later.

  3. Place cake mix, water, oil, eggs, matcha powder in a large making bowl and use an electric mixer to mix at low speed for 30 seconds, then beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.

  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the pans and bake on a middle shelf for 18-21 minutes, test for doneness with a toothpick.
  5. When the cupcakes are ready, take them out of the oven and let them rest in the pans for a few minutes and then take them out of the pan to cool on a rack until completely cooled.

Matcha Buttercream Instructions

  1. Cream the soften butter until it is smooth, add powdered sugar, water, chocolate extract, and matcha powder, and beat on high for 1 minute until the ingredients are mixed.

  2. Scrape down sides of the bowl, check to see if the buttercream is spreadable, add 1 teaspoon of water as necessary and beat for another minute.
  3. Use a small offset spatula to scoop about 2 teaspoon of frosting (about the size of a grape or small cherry tomato), spread the frosting on a cupcake, and sprinkle with a tiny amount of finely chopped chocolate.

Recipe Notes


If making ahead the day before, refrigerate the cupcakes overnight and take them out 1-2 hours before serving so they can come to room temperature before serving.



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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.

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