There are few things I enjoy more than a good cup of Earl Grey tea. With this in mind I wanted to attempt to bring the flavour of a London Fog or Earl Grey Tea Latte to a cupcake. To do this I steeped the milk for the cupcake batter with Earl Grey tea bags. I chose to use this tea because it has a bolder flavour.
To make the cupcakes, start by steeping 2 - 4 tea bags in one cup of milk. Also add 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract and a bit of lavender if you like. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Don't boil the milk, just heat it through on low and steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the milk mixture from the heat and take out the tea bags. Place the mixture in the fridge or freezer, depending on your patience as the milk has to have cooled before it can become one with the rest of the batter. If you're like me and patience isn't your thing, put the mixture in the freezer while you're prepping the rest of the batter and add an ice cube to the milk if it's still warm when you're ready to add it to the batter.
Okay, while the milk is cooling, in an electric mixer, cream together 1 cup of butter or margarine with 2 cups of sugar (or Splenda!). When this mixture has lightened in colour, add four eggs, one at a time. When the eggs have been incorporated, add 3 cups of flour and 2 & 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder. Now it's time for the delicious milk mixture. Mix until all the ingredients are combined.
There should be enough batter for 24 small cupcakes or 12 large ones. OR 12 small and 6 large, which is what I made. Line your muffin tin of choice with cupcake liners and give these a spray with non-stick cooking spray. Fill the cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the middle of one of the cupcakes and it comes out clean.
Once you've taken the cupcakes out of the oven, remove them from the tin and place on cooling rack. When they've cooled ice them as you like. I used the same icing recipe as I did here and just added purple gel food colouring. How's that for a colourful treat?
Happy Baking xx Allison