Tea Party Cupcakes

So I’m not a big coffee fanatic but I LOVE a good cup of tea! As midterm season has arrived, I am finding myself increasingly in need of a caffeine kick! After seeing the idea on Pinterest during the summer, now seemed as good a time as any to bake some Earl Grey cupcakes!

 

 

No, I did not bake these cupcakes in my Mother’s fine china tea cups; these are in fact teacup silicone molds! My friend got them for me for my birthday, and I can’t think of a more perfect time to use them.

 

 

 

To make the cupcakes I made a basic vanilla cake recipe, but brought the milk to a boil and steeped loose leaf “Cream of Earl Grey” tea in it. The cake recipe I was using called for 1 cup of milk, so I used 3 teaspoons of tea. Notes: if using tea bags instead, use 3; before you use the milk, make sure you let it cool completely; and of course, don’t forget to strain the tea leaves!

 

Lots of Earl Grey teas are infused with lavender flavour, so I decided to give lavender frosting a go. Unable to find any “lavender extract” (and unsure if it even existed) I boiled milk and “steeped” culinary lavender in it. The vanilla frosting recipe I was using called for 1 tablespoon of milk, so I steeped 1 teaspoon of lavender in it…I was pleasantly surprised at how well the lavender flavor came out!

The final verdict: these cupcakes are surprisingly delicious!  Try them on their own or at a tea party with a teapot full of Earl Grey. Enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “Tea Party Cupcakes

  1. Hello, I love love love these cupcakes! Would you be able to send me the recipe for the Vanilla cupcakes and Lavender icing that you used? I’m looking for an icing that doesnt melt and pipes as well as yours!

    They look gorgeous and I’m thinking of baking these for a tea-themed party. Thank you!

    1. Hi Crystal!
      I used this vanilla cake recipe: http://sweetapolita.com/2011/07/fluffy-vanilla-cake-with-whipped-vanilla-bean-frosting/ …it is my all time favourite!
      Before I started, I heated just over one cup of milk in a pan on the stove, until it was hot (you could always just do this in the microwave as well), and I added 3 tsp of loose leaf Earl Grey tea. I let the tea leaves steep until the milk had completely cooled, then I strained the tea leaves out and measured exactly 1 cup to use for the recipe. For the icing, I combined 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 2 cups of icing sugar, and 1 Tbsp of milk. Again, before I mixed everything, I heated the milk (in the microwave), and steeped 1 tsp of finely chopped culinary lavender in it (the chopping made it far more aromatic). Once the milk was cooled, I strained the lavender and added it to the butter and icing sugar (you can add more or less milk, depending on the icing consistency you desire). I also added a bit of purple gel paste food colouring, to get the pretty lavender shade :).
      I have used this same technique to make chai tea cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting before….super delicious as well, and would be a hit at any tea party!
      Let me know if any of this doesn’t make sense, or if you have any more questions!!
      Have a wonderful tea party!
      -Megan

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