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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer, teacher and author

It’s no big secret that I LOVE a good cup of tea. Whether it’s pep­per­mint, jas­mine, eng­lish break­fast or some­thing fruity… I’ll never be too far from a steam­ing hot cup. Tak­ing some inspi­ra­tion from my laven­der cup­cakes I thought I’d try earl grey! I adapted the same milk infu­sion method from the laven­der cup­cakes, which I guess you could use for any flavour tea bag, herb or spice so exper­i­ment with your favourite brew.

Cup­cake
120ml whole milk
3 earl grey tea bags
120g plain flour
40g unsalted but­ter
140g sugar
1.5 tea­spoons bak­ing pow­der
1 egg
1 tea­spoon salt

Frost­ing
Icing sugar
Vanilla essence
Butter

Soak the teabags in milk for a few hours in the fridge. It’ll turn a nice caramel-y colour. Mix the flour, sugar, bak­ing pow­der and but­ter until com­bined. Pour the milk into the flour mix and com­bine, then mix in the egg. Spoon into your 8 pret­ti­est cup­cake cases and place in a 170’C oven for 20 mins.

I gues­ti­mated my frost­ing, I prob­a­bly used 30g but­ter and 100g of icing sugar with a splosh of vanilla essence. I also added a few drops of blue food colour­ing to attempt a pale grey/blue tinge, but the whole lot turned lime green. Ah well, it’s a pretty con­trast with the pur­ple cases. I topped it all off by sprin­kling the con­tents of another tea bag over the top. The result was sur­pris­ingly sweet and mor­eish, and there’s just enough musky earl grey flavour. Think I’m going to try green tea next.

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3 comments
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