Tea and Cake

I am fully aware that the 1st birthday party is for the parents and not so much for the child.  Obviously the attention is on the child, but the celebration is the parents’.  We’ve made it an entire year and everyone is still in one piece.  Personally, I think all birthday parties must come with cake.  I am learning that I like to do cupcakes instead of a cake since they are faster to ice and serving sizes are equal.  Also, small children feel they have hit the jackpot when given their own cupcake.

This cupcake recipe has the ability to be flavored however you’d like.  Because it’s a basic white cake, you can experiment with the tea you use to infuse the milk.  I chose a brightly flavored tea, but you could use Earl Grey or Green tea or whatever your heart desires!

Tea infused cupcakes

  • 7 oz. whole milk
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 2 cups All Purpose flour
  • 1 level Tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 Teabags (I used a Pomegranate Green Tea for this recipe)
Warm the milk gently in a small sauce pan.  Remove from the heat.  Unwrap the tea bags and place them in the milk so that they are submerged.  Cover the pan with a lid (leaving the tags hanging out so you can grab them easily) and allow to steep for 10 minutes.  When the time is up, squeeze the excess milk out of each tea bag and discard.  Check the temperature to make sure the milk is not warmer than 100 degrees.
Beat the eggs and then add the rest of the ingredients, the infused milk last.  Do not overbeat.  Fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full and bake at 325 degrees for 17 minutes.  Ice according to your taste and the flavor of tea you used to infuse the batter.  Cupcakes are best if eaten within the first 24-48 hours.  (After that, they were pretty dry.)

3 Replies to “Tea and Cake”

  1. They turned out beautifully…that recipe is simple and sounds SO good…thank you for sharing! ♥ Her birthday looks like it was delightful. It’s not easy to get all local food, but worth the hunt, makes the eating so much more enjoyable.

    1. Local food is a challenge, but yes, completely worth the hunt! We did better with Liam’s birthday since his is in the summer, but considering that, I’ll pat myself on the back for hers. Also, we didn’t have McDonald’s soo… 🙂

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