Bowen Close steeps Thai tea in a mixture of milk and sweet condensed milk to make a cupcake that tastes shockingly like its inspiration.
By Bowen Close
These cupcakes easy to make, and a little confusing to eat. (In a very, very, very good way.)
See, they exactly like Thai iced tea – you know, the delicious kind you order at Thai restaurants to calm down fiery curries and noodles packed with chili. (The one you inevitably end up drinking most of before your food even arrives …) You’d swear you were drinking a big glass of creamy, sweet, orange-colored Thai iced tea – but it’s a cupcake.
I co-hosted a bridal shower for one of my best friends this weekend, and developed a Thai iced tea cupcake to go along with a fresh, flavorful Thai barbeque-type menu (think: satays, spring rolls, larb lettuce wraps, Thai-inspired cole slaw). This is another in a line of recipes I’ve developed as I’ve been playing with basic recipes and adding new flavors and interesting combinations of things. I’ve been experimenting in particular with steeping flavoring elements in the milk that goes into a basic yellow cake, and have been very pleased with the tasty items that follow. I steeped saffron in buttermilk to make this Persian birthday cake, and this time I steeped Thai tea in a mixture of milk and sweet condensed milk to make a cupcake that tastes shockingly like its inspiration.
A tasty, easy condensed milk buttercream pulls together the flavor ruse even further and helps to mimic that layer of milk that often comes on top of the tea.
One of my favorite parts about making these cupcakes is handing one to someone without telling them what the flavor is and seeing their excitement as they recognize the flavor.Print
Bowen Close believes that food should make people happy and healthy, and loves bringing together people with creative, delicious food made from the heart. She loves making farm-inspired, flavorful dishes with sustainable ingredients - whether that's a big plate of roasted veggies, a towering chocolate layer cake, or a cocktail utilizing backyard ingredients - and collects recipes and other food-related stories on her website, Bowen Appétit. She is a chef, cooking instructor, and food writer living in Southern California with her husband and fully stocked pantry.