Earl Grey Citrus Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Dessert, Snack
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Serves: 15
A refreshing, sweet-tooth satisfying dessert, made with orange, earl grey and tea leaves, with a citrus-black pepper cream cheese frosting.
  • ½ cup (115g) butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup (190g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup (150g) flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ (1.1dl) cup milk
  • juice half an orange
  • zest of half an orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • earl grey leaves from 2 tea bags
  • 1 8-oz (226g) package organic cream cheese
  • ½ cup (115g) butter (cut into 1” cubes)
  • ¼ cup (32G) powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. good honey
  • juice of half an orange
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat room temperature butter until it turns pale in color.
  3. Add sugar and continue beating at medium speed until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by the orange juice.
  5. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, earl grey tea leaves, and orange zest.
  6. Add flour mixture and milk in 5 segments, alternating between flour mixture and milk.
  7. Mix until well incorporated.
  8. Add vanilla.
  9. Scoop batter into cupcake liners, so that each is ¾ full. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch and lightly golden on top.
  10. Insert toothpick down the middle and remove to check for doneness. Toothpick should come out clean. Otherwise, continue baking until ready.
  11. Set aside and cool completely.
  12. To make the frosting, place cream cheese in stand mixer with whipping attachment. Beat until fluffy.
  13. Add butter, one cube at a time.
  14. Add powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time, followed by the honey, orange juice, black pepper, vanilla and salt.
  15. Refrigerate until cupcakes are ready to frost.
  16. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, frost, garnish with fresh black pepper and devour.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/earl-grey-citrus-cupcakes/