Friday, May 21, 2010

Tea Cakes with Earl Grey Icing

I know what you are thinking...why on Earth would a coffee obsessed person like me be making tea cupcakes??? I'll tell you why...

This guy. He makes these crazy faces at me and I do whatever he asks just to get him to stop looking at me like that! Stop it!!

But really. He was flipping through my Food Network Magazine and he came across this recipe. See...he's a tea drinker. I know, I did I, a coffee addict, end up with a TEA drinker? Well, we've always been complete opposites but somehow it has just always worked. So I decided that if any cupcake recipe could make The Hubble that excited, I had to make it for him. So let's go make some cupcakes!

First up...ingredients.

Go ahead and line your pan with cupcake liners or non-stick cooking spray before we start...just to get it out of the way.

Now, take your chocolate...

And chop it to bits!

Grab a couple sticks of unsalted butter...

And chop those bad boys up too.

Throw the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl...

And place it on top of a pot of simmering water (be careful that the water and bowl don't touch).

Heat until everything is melted and it's nice a smooth.

Remove the bowl from heat. (Leave the heat on so the water can continue to simmer, we will revisit in a bit)

In a separate, large bowl, whisk together your flour, sugar, and salt.

Dump it into the chocolate butter mixture.

Stir until smooth.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and mixing in each one before adding another.

Whisk in the vanilla.

Evenly distribute the batter into your cupcake liners, filling each one about 2/3 of the way full. Then throw them in the oven to bake. While those are baking we can talk about what is really important in this whole process...

The coffee. Of course the whole time I was making these tea cakes I was drinking the coffee. Naturally. It's what I do. It's how I live. Without coffee I couldn't breathe. I would no longer have a reason to live. So, in order to not feel like a complete traitor to the sweet nectar of life, I showed some love to my sweet, delicious coffee. Okay, okay...back to the cupcakes.

While the cupcakes are baking we can start on our Earl Grey icing. Whisk the sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, and salt, by hand, in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Cut open the tea bags and dump the leaves in that mixture.

Place this back on the pot of simmering water and stir until the sugar dissolves and everything is mixed together, about 2 minutes.

Once the sugar dissolves, move the bowl back to the mixer and start that bad boy up and whip on medium high power.

Whip it until the icing forms stiff peaks when you lift the whisk, about 5 minutes.

At this point the cupcakes should be done and cooling.

Now transfer the icing to a resealable, thick, plastic bag.

Cut the tip off the bottom of the bag.

Then pipe your icing onto your cupcakes.


Now give one to The Hubble so he can stop giving you THOSE faces...

And instead give you these...


Little Butt wasn't quite sure at first...

But I think she had fun with them.


Tea Cakes with Earl Grey Icing
Adapted from Food Network Magazine


For the Cupcakes:

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 bags Earl Grey tea


  1. Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with paper liners. 
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water). Whisk until smooth, then remove the bowl; keep the water simmering in the saucepan. 
  3. In another bowl, whisk the sugar, flour and salt; mix into the melted chocolate. Add the eggs, one at a time, then whisk in the vanilla until smooth.
  4. Divide the batter among the prepared cups, filling each 2/3 of the way. Bake until the cakes spring back when touched, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the pans and cool on a rack.
  5. Meanwhile, make the icing: Whisk the sugar, egg whites, lemon juice and salt by hand in the bowl of a stand mixer. 
  6. Empty the tea bags and add the loose tea to the bowl, then set the bowl over the saucepan of simmering water and whisk until the mixture is hot and the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. 
  7. Transfer the bowl to the stand mixer and beat with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until the mixture holds stiff peaks, about 5 minutes. 
  8. Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag, snip the corner and pipe the icing onto the cupcakes.


  1. The icing looks fantastic! It looks so light and fluffy.

    ps: your icing skills are alot better than mine! Ha! X3

  2. I admit to staning on the tea side. I worked for Starbucks for 10+ years and still remain a tea lady. All my life it was tea time in the afternoon with a nice sweet. I love it. I have still never cooked with it, and I would have never thought to pair Earl Grey with chocolate, but this has me thinking yum!

  3. One of my best girlfriend's birthday is today and she LOVES Earl Grey tea! If we lived in the same town, I'd make them for her.

    Thanks for linking...they look terrific!

  4. Love the step by step! Those cupcakes look really yummy!

  5. Great post and blog :) I laughed when I read about your baking being hijacked because it happens to me all the time! I don't mind though, because it means I have to try new things (and am usualy glad I did afterwards)

  6. oh , those cupcakes look delicious, and the icing, perfect, need to try asap :)

  7. just made these and they are fantastic!! will definitely be making them again! thanks!

  8. I like how you professed your love for coffee in the middle of a tea cupcake post. I nuderstand your love, I really do. I say "ewww" to tea. ha ha!

    The frosting on these looks really pretty- almost like flecks of vanilla bean in there.


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