Thursday, September 1, 2011

Earl Grey Cupcakes

Earl Grey Cupcakes


Not including my Lemon Butter Cookies, this is the first recipe I am trying from Little Treats. You know, the book I told you about? Scroll down if you don't remember! Little Treats is divided into 5 chapters;

Indulgent Chocolate
Frivolous Cupcakes
Whoopie Pies & Crumbly Cookies
Decadent Cakes & Desserts
Scrumptious Sweets

These Earl Grey Cupcakes obviously fall into the 'Frivolous Cupcakes' chapter, which has super yummy-looking recipes such as mint surprise cupcakes, pavlova cupcakes, ice-cream and toffee cupcakes, under-the-sea cupcakes to name a few. You might wonder why I chose earl grey cupcakes, admittedly they don't sound very attractive.

Well I like tea. A lot. And I love how tea leaves look in a cake, almost like poppy seeds. The cake texture was absolutely perfect, the earl grey flavor was present yet not overpowering. The book recommends a lemon cream cheese frosting, but I'm not too fond of cream cheese on cakes so I made my own lemon buttercream frosting with it. Rating: 5- out of 5.



Earl Grey Cupcakes: Little Treats

Ingredients for the cakes:
- 2 Earl Grey tea bags
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (175g)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (5ml)
- 1 ¼ cups superfine sugar (275g)
- ½ cup butter, softened (100g)
- Zest from ½ orange, finely grated
- 3 eggs, beaten
- ¾ cup milk (175ml)

Ingredients for the candied orange zest:
- Zest from 2 oranges, cut into strips
- 1 cup superfine sugar (100g)
- ¾ cup water (175ml)

Ingredients for the lemon frosting:
- ½ cup confectioners' sugar (75g)
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened (75g)
- ¾ cup cream cheese, room temperature (175g, 6oz)
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (5ml)

Instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Line a 12-hole muffin tin with large cupcake or muffin cases.
- To make the cakes, grind the contents of the tea bags in a spice grinder or with a pestle and mortar until fine, then sift into a bowl with the flour and baking powder, discarding any larger pieces left in the sieve.
- Put the sugar, butter and orange zest in another bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Mix in the flour mixture and milk alternately, starting and finishing with the flour mixture. Do not overbeat.
- Divide mixture between the cake cases. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes or until golden and springy. Leave in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- While the cakes are cooling, make the candied orange zest. Bring the zest, sugar and water to the boil in a small saucepan, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the zest is translucent. Turn off the heat and leave to cool in the syrup.
- To make the lemon frosting, beat the confectioners' sugar and butter until smooth, then beat in the cream cheese. Finally, beat in the lemon zest and juice.
- Ice the cakes with the lemon frosting, then top with candied orange zest and a little of the syrup.


Earl Grey Cupcakes

Earl Grey Cupcakes

Earl Grey Cupcakes

10 comments:

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Mmmm..These look so good and they are pretty too! I'll be they smell heavenly too.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmm what a yummy flavor combination -- earl grey if one of my favorite types of tea :)

Tip Top Shape said...

I've always wanted to make desserst with tea but never had. This looks like a fantastic recipe!

Gloria said...

I love these I think look perfect and yumm! gloria

Chele said...

I love cupcakes. I love earl grey tea. So I reckon its a fair bet that I will love these ;0)

cakeje van eigen deeg said...

yummie!! ik heb laatst aparte smaken thee gekocht en wou die al gaan verwerken in cupcakes, dus dankjewel voor de inspiratie. de frosting ziet er ook erg lekker uit!!

Becca said...

I'm not a fan of tea, however I really love that little tea cup you put your cupcake in. (The one in the background.) It looks so pretty.

This book sounds so good, it had me at Indulgent Chocolate <3

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I was thinking of experimenting with tea just recently! These sound wonderful; and look very cute too.

Anna said...

I LOVE earl grey. I can't wait to try these!!

Shannon Riley said...

They look soooo pretty! :D