Earl Grey Cupcakes… in cups.

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Tonight I am all on my lonesome… so I asked the twittersphere what I should do.

Apparently the answer was to do a craftbaketacular blog post.

This was inspired by my lovely Rivka, writer of books, maker of lovely things, and general overall spectacular person.

For my birthday, I got these:

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I must confess, I don’t like tea. Or coffee. Or in fact many hot drinks. But I do love teacups. And cake. Perfect.

I do however love the delicate aroma of Earl Grey, so it seemed only appropriate I take some of this:

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…and of course utilise this:

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….and make some cakes!

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Earl Grey Cupcakes Recipe – taken from Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery by Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas

Ingredients

125ml semi-skimmed milk at room temperature

4 Earl Grey teabags

110g unsalted butter, at room temperature

225g granulated sugar

1/2tsp almond extract (optional)

2 large eggs, free-range

125g self raising flour

120g plain flour

Method

Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from the heat and add the teabags. (I poured it into a glass jug)

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Cover with clingfilm and leave to infuse for about 30 minutes, then discard the teabags.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a muffin tin with cases.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and smooth. Add the almond extract (if using), and the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.

Combine the flours in a separate bowl. Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the infued milk and beat again. Repeat until all of the milk and flour have been added.

Carefully spoon into the cases…..

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and bake for 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown.

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Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cool, decorate with buttercream…..

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and sugar flowers! Done!

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Note: I made the larger sugar flowers using a simple calyx cutter…..

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……shaped them using a bone tool….

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….. stuck them together using a bit of water….

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Done!

Note 2: I also tried to make some of the little rosebuds from my Anna Tyler lesson. Pretty cute! They just need some piped leaves.

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