The Earl of Ginger Cupcakes

I’ve never liked Earl Grey Tea. I think it’s boring. And Earl makes me think of the horrid Dixie Chicks song Earl’s Gotta Die. Quite the contrary, Earl Grey II was a strapping young voyager who delighted in exquisite teas (just read the back of the box). So, seeing as I’m the only one who doesn’t like Earl Grey, I thought I would attempt to meet the expectations of my friends by creating an Earl Grey cupcake. I also figured I’d probably like Earl a lot better in sweetened baked good form. With ginger on top.

“Paige once told me she wasn’t a fan of Earl Grey tea because it tasted plain and boring. In a impressive display of skill, she took this classic but somewhat conservative tea and created a delightfully tasty cake. The Earl Grey in the cake is flavorful enough to be recognized, and enhanced by subtle sweetness. The ginger frosting is a perfect compliment to the cake and adds spice to the cautious notes of Earl. Prime Minister Grey would have been proud of these little cakes.” -Kara Caputo, Taste Tester

The Earl Cupcake

1 cup coconut milk

3 eggs

1 Tbs vanilla extract

2/3 cup coconut palm sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

4 Earl Grey tea bags

1 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup almond flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1. Mix coconut milk, eggs, vanilla, and sugars until combined

2. Empty contents of tea bags into liquid mixture. I think it’s a good idea to rub the leaves between your palms or fingers to release the flavors as you sprinkle them into the mix.

3. Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix until smooth

4. Pour into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Ginger Buttercream Frosting

2 Tbs butter, softened

3 Tbs heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbs ginger wine (found at the liquor store in the dessert wine section)

2 tsp grated ginger

2 cups powdered sugar

1. Whip butter and cream on high speed until smooth and stiff

2. Add vanilla, ginger wine, ginger, and powdered sugar, and whip until smooth. If frosting is too thin, add powdered sugar.

And finally, a little trip to the Denver Art Museum!

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