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February 22nd, 2012 | Earl Grey Cupcakes & Lemon Buttercream


I made these cupcakes on Saturday for my birthday party. The recipe made 22 cupcakes – they only lasted until Sunday morning. I think this is my new favourite cake recipe.

Cupcakes Icing
1. 1 -1/4 c cake flour
2. 2 c sugar
3. 1tsp baking powder
4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
5. 3 eggs
6. 1-1/2 c milk
7. 2 tbsp earl grey tea*
8. 3/4 c butter
9. 1/2 tsp cinnamon and ginger
10. 1/4 tsp salt
1. 4 c icing sugar
2. 2 tbsp water
3. 1 tbsp lemon juice
4. zest of 1 lemon
5. 1tsp clear vanilla extract
6. 1 c vegetable shortening
7. 1 egg white 



It’s best to use 2-3 different brands of tea. I found that this way there was a lot more flavour. Heat the milk in the microwave and steep the tea. Steep for at least 10 minutes – you may need to heat it a few times. You really want the flavours to soak in.

Cook for 22-25 minutes at 350°F. Mix the icing while you’re waiting for them to bake. You’ll want to use an electric or hand mixer to do this. Make sure the cupcakes have compleately cooled down before you ice them.

For a gluten free alternative, use gluten free flour and 2 tsp corn starch (this will help them rise & be fluffier). If you don’t have cake flour and are just using regular flour, use the corn starch as well.

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  • Messy

    I’ve never even heard of Earl Grey Cupcakes! These look delish!

    • http://misskaitonline.com Kait

      I’m addicted. 
      I’m going to try green tea ones next

  • Mpribble

    oh my goodness! this is the most beautiful cupcake i have ever seen!!


    • http://misskaitonline.com Kait

      Thank you!! :)

  • http://shyscout.blogspot.com/ ShyScout

    Yummy. These sound and look absolutely delightful.

    • http://misskaitonline.com Kait

      I made a second batch this weekend haha!

  • http://onequietafternoon.blogspot.com/ Mrsstachowicz

    Oh. My. Goodness. These sound like everything I love in a cupcake. I am going to try this! Thanks for posting the recipe! :)

  • http://onequietafternoon.blogspot.com/ Mrsstachowicz

    Oh….and Happy Birthday! 

    • http://misskaitonline.com Kait

      Thank you!

  • http://simplymelissaashley.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    Sounds absolutely fabulous!

    My roommate and I recently baked chocolate coffee cupcakes with bailey’s irish creme frosting!

    • http://misskaitonline.com Kait

      Oooh, this sounds like heaven!

  • angela

    yuum! definitely want to try these-maybe the gluten free recipe, for my friend who is allergic. happy belated birthday! -angela

    • http://misskaitonline.com Kait

      I’m gluten free myself – and you honestly can’t tell the difference with the gf flour. They are wonderful!

  • Sherry Aizza Rafa

    great job on this one! looks super yummy. will definitely try this recipe. thanks for sharing! :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/hollcrawford Holly Crawford

    Yuuuuuuuum!  I am definitely going to have to make these! 

  • http://anywhere-is.net/ Ronni

    OH MY GOD. These sound delicious and amazing.

    • http://misskaitonline.com Kait

      They are my new fav. I had to make them again this weekend because everyone wouldn’t stop asking me to!

  • http://fashion.kitkatherine.com/ Katherine McAdoo

    that sounds delicious! yum! i really want to try and make tea cupcakes – especially with some of the herbal berry teas out there.

    • http://misskaitonline.com Kait

      They are my new favourite I think. I think I’m going to try making green tea ones next!

  • Cortney

    What size eggs do you use?  I am so excited to try this recipe for a dinner party!

    • Cortney

      Oh, and are you doing 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ginger, or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and ginger combined?

      • http://misskaitonline.com Kait

        I used large eggs, but really any size is fine. The cupcakes will just be a little less fluffier if you use small eggs.

        1/2 cinn + 1/2 ginger. I should have been more clear sorry! (Clearly I should write recipe posts at 1am ;) ) Hope they are a hit!