Thursday, March 7, 2013

Earl Grey cupcakes recipe

A pile of Twinings' Lady Grey tea leaves
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These cupcakes are a surprising change from the ordinary. The addition of Earl Grey tea creates a dessert with delicious depth of flavor.

  • 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • scant tablespoon Earl Grey tea 
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar 
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter 
  • 3 egg whites 
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest 
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract 
  • 1 cup buttermilk 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with paper liners. Set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a spice grinder, finely grind tea and add it to the flour. Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl until well mixed. Add egg whites one at a time, beat well after each addition. Add zest and extract and beat until mixture is smooth. Slowly add in flour and buttermilk, in 2 additions each. Beat until smooth. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into each liner. Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden. Cool completely before frosting with this orange cream cheese frosting.
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