The Earl’s Valentine Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Surprise the cupcake addict in your life with these ultra-rich chocolate frosted treats. The best part? They’re infused with our sultry The Earl’s Valentine tea. Get ready to eat your heart out.

Pro Tip: This recipe tastes amazing with any of our other sweet dessert teas. Try it with Dark Chocolate Delight for extra fudginess or Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait for a pop of strawberries and cream.

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The Earl’s Valentine Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • For the cupcakes (makes 12):
  • 4 Perfect Spoonfuls of The Earl’s Valentine tea
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp rose water (optional – may be replaced with vanilla extract)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • Red food colouring (optional)
  • For the buttercream frosting (makes about two cups):
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ⅓cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 Perfect Spoonfuls of The Earl’s Valentine tea
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rose water or vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Strawberries or sprinkles for garnish (optional)

Directions

For the cupcakes:
Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Step 2
Steep tea in hot water for 10 minutes, then strain. You should end up with about ¼ cup of tea. Combine steeped tea with milk for a total of 1 cup liquid.
Step 3
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Step 4
In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer (or hand mixer) until pale and fluffy. Then mix in vanilla extract, eggs and the 1 cup of milky tea.
Step 5
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine until smooth.
Step 6
Stir in food colouring to the desired shade of pink or red.
Step 7
In a lined cupcake tin, spoon in batter and bake for 16-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Step 8
Let cool completely.
For the frosting:
Step 9
Steep tea in hot water for 10 minutes, then strain. Measure out ⅓cup and reserve. Discard remaining liquid.
Step 10
In a bowl, beat butter with electric mixer (or hand mixer) on medium speed until smooth (about 2 minutes).
Step 11
Slowly add confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder to butter and beat until combined.
Step 12
On low speed, pour in steeped tea, vanilla and rose water.
Step 13
Add salt and continue beating until well combined (about 2-3 minutes), scraping down the sides as needed.
Step 14
Spread icing on top of cupcakes, top with sliced strawberries or sprinkles and enjoy!
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8 Responses to The Earl’s Valentine Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

  1. EN February 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

    I was just about to try this recipe but am confused…it says to measure out 1/3 cup of the brewed tea and discard the rest – then later it tells you to add 1 cup of the tea. So are we supposed to save 1 cup or just add the 1/3 cup it originally calls for?

    • DAVIDsTEA February 8, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi EN! We’ve fixed the recipe to make it more clear.

  2. Heather February 5, 2017 at 12:50 am #

    Seems to me that the recipe requires 2 lots of tea, made withe same instructions with a lot of discard from each lot. Why not save the remainder from the first batch and use it for the second? Other than it means using more product, thus necessitating the need to buy more, it is wasteful and downright silly.

  3. Michelle February 6, 2017 at 7:41 am #

    Step 3 – What cup of milky tea?

    • DAVIDsTEA February 8, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

      Hi Michelle! Thanks for catching that – the milky tea is referenced in Step 2.

  4. Lauren February 6, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    Has anyone tried this with other types of teas?

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