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I’ve made Green Tea Matcha Cupcakes before using my favourite Red Velvet Cupcake recipe but that was using powdered green tea and I wondered how to include black tea flavour into cupcakes. So I came across this Black Tea Cupcake recipe from Pastry Affair and they looked amazing so of course, had to give it a try and they tasted fantastic. The minimal use of frosting also works in its favour because honey plus icing sugar makes for a super sweet combination already so I’m glad I reduced the sweetness of the cupcakes and icing sugar in the frosting as well.

Black Tea Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting (adapted from Pastry Affair)
Makes: 18 Cupcakes
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 55 minutes
Passive Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
Black Tea Cupcakes
235 ml Full Cream Milk
3 tbsp Black Tea (or the contents of 3 tea bags)
55 grams Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
140g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs, Large
70ml Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
150g Plain Flour
25g Cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt

Honey Buttercream Frosting
110g Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
60g Honey
125g Icing Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Full Cream Milk

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Method
Black Tea Cupcakes
1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Heat the milk and tea bags in a pot over medium heat. Once it’s nearly boiling, take off the heat and allow to cool. IMG_3996-1IMG_3999-1
3. In a mixer, cream the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy.

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4. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until well combined before adding the next one.

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5. Add in the vegetable oil and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

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6. Add in the sifted plain flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined.

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7. Add in the cooled tea infused milk to the cake batter, sieving out the tea leaves if preferred. Mix until the batter is smooth and combined.

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8. Line your muffin tins with baking cups and pour the batter into the cups until around 3/4 full. Bake in the oven for around 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before frosting.

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Honey Buttercream Frosting
1. In a mixer, beat the butter and honey until smooth.

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2. Add in the sifted icing sugar and salt and mix until combined. Add in one tablespoon of milk and mix until combined. Note: Add in more milk if the frosting mixture is too thick and add another pinch of salt if the frosting is too sweet.

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3. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and serve.

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Lovely black tea flavour in a moist cupcake with sweet honey flavoured buttercream frosting.
Servings Prep Time
18Cupcakes 10Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55Minutes 30Minutes
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18Cupcakes 10Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55Minutes 30Minutes
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Lovely black tea flavour in a moist cupcake with sweet honey flavoured buttercream frosting.
Servings Prep Time
18Cupcakes 10Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55Minutes 30Minutes
Servings Prep Time
18Cupcakes 10Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55Minutes 30Minutes
Ingredients
Black Tea Cupcakes
  • 235ml Full Cream Milk
  • 3tbsp Black Tea
  • 55g Unsalted ButterRoom Temperature
  • 140g Caster Sugar
  • 70ml Vegetable Oil
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 25g Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2tsp Salt
Honey Buttercream Frosting
  • 110g Unsalted ButterRoom Temperature
  • 60g Honey
  • 125g Icing Sugar
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • 1tbsp Full Cream Milk
Servings: Cupcakes
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Instructions
Black Tea Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Heat the milk and tea bags in a pot over medium heat. Once it's nearly boiling, take off the heat and allow to cool.
  1. In a mixer, cream the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until well combined before adding the next one.
  3. Add in the vegetable oil and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  4. Add in the sifted plain flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined.
  5. Add in the cooled tea infused milk to the cake batter, sieving out the tea leaves if preferred. Mix until the batter is smooth and combined.
  6. Line your muffin tins with baking cups and pour the batter into the cups until around 3/4 full. Bake in the oven for around 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before frosting.
Honey Buttercream Frosting
  1. In a mixer, beat the butter and honey until smooth.
  2. Add in the sifted icing sugar and salt and mix until combined. Add in one tablespoon of milk and mix until combined. Note: Add in more milk if the frosting mixture is too thick and add another pinch of salt if the frosting is too sweet.
  3. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and serve.
Recipe Notes

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  • Try this with your favourite black tea leaves or other leaves but the amount that you infuse will be different depending on the strength of that tea. I used relatively strong black tea leaves which gave the cupcakes a delicate flavour.
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I love a fluffy chiffon cake and I love trying interesting flavours to go with it. I’ve had a vanilla and rose water cupcake before and it was lovely, the subtle rose water makes for a deliciously fresh cupcake. Now here’s my very pink Rose Chiffon Cake adapted from my Orange Chiffon Cake.

Rose Chiffon Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
Makes: 1 cake
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
Rose Chiffon Cake
190g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
80ml vegetable oil
60ml water
1/2 tbsp rose water
1 tsp pink colouring
60g caster sugar
6 egg yolks, large
6 eggs whites, large
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
100g caster sugar

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
300g icing sugar
225g salted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp pink colouring

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Method
Rose Chiffon Cake
1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
2. Sieve the plain flour, salt and baking powder into a medium sized bowl.

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3. Add the vegetable oil, water, rose water, pink colouring, sugar and egg yolks into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

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4. Whip the egg whites and once it starts to bubble add the cream of tartar.

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5. Keep whipping until the mixture is nearing soft peaks, then slowly add the sugar with the electric mixer is still running and until hard peaks form.

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6. Add 1/3 of the meringue into the wet mixture until the thick mixture softens. Then slowly add in the rest of the meringue until just combined. Do not overmix!
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7. Pour into the cake pan (one made for upside down cakes – it has a hole in the middle) and then place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Poke a skewer into the middle of the pan and if it comes out clean, it’s done!

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8. Remove from the oven when done, and flip it upside. If the cake has risen higher than the cake pan’s height, use a mug and rest the middle cylinder on top.

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9. Allow the cake to cool until room temperature.

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Vanilla Buttercream
1. Beat the butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fluffy.

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2. Add in the vanilla extract and colouring until combined and smooth.

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3. Frost the cooled chiffon cake all over.
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Refreshingly subtle rose water flavour with a vanilla buttercream in a fluffy chiffon cake.
Servings Prep Time
1Cake 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50minutes 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
1Cake 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50minutes 20minutes
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Servings Prep Time
1Cake 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50minutes 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
1Cake 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
50minutes 20minutes
Ingredients
Rose Chiffon Cake
  • 190g Plain Flour
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 2tsp Baking Powder
  • 80ml Vegetable Oil
  • 60ml Water
  • 1/2tbsp Rose Water
  • 60g Caster Sugar
  • 6 Egg YolksLarge
  • 6 Egg WhitesLarge
  • 1/2tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 100g Caster Sugar
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • 300g Icing Sugar
  • 225g Salted Butter
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8tsp Pink Colouring
Servings: Cake
Units:
Instructions
Rose Chiffon Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  1. Sieve the plain flour, salt and baking powder into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add the vegetable oil, water, rose water, pink colouring, sugar and egg yolks into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Whip the egg whites and once it starts to bubble add the cream of tartar.
  4. Keep whipping until the mixture is nearing soft peaks, then slowly add the sugar with the electric mixer is still running and until hard peaks form.
  5. Add 1/3 of the meringue into the wet mixture until the thick mixture softens. Then slowly add in the rest of the meringue until just combined. Do not overmix!
  6. Pour into the cake pan (one made for upside down cakes – it has a hole in the middle) and then place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Poke a skewer into the middle of the pan and if it comes out clean, it's done!
  7. Remove from the oven when done, and flip it upside. If the cake has risen higher than the cake pan’s height, use a mug and rest the middle cylinder on top.
  8. Allow the cake to cool until room temperature.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  1. Beat the butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the vanilla extract and colouring until combined and smooth.
  3. Frost the cooled chiffon cake all over.
Recipe Notes

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  • If you prefer a more punchier rose flavour, add another 1/4 tbsp to 1/2 tbsp.
  • Similarly, for a lighter pink colour for the cake, half the colouring to 1/2 tsp.
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One of my favourite cupcakes is the Red Velvet Cupcakes with Mascarpone frosting. What I love about the cake is how moist it is because of the lack of butter which is replaced by vegetable oil, yoghurt and vinegar. Being a fan of all things green tea, I thought about using that recipe here and it came out really well might I add! The Red Bean Buttercream Frosting was adapted from Cupcake Project and I do recommend try making your own Red Bean paste unless you can find a really authentic red bean paste. The ones I could find in Melbourne, all had loads of sugar and other ingredients instead of red beans and the frosting won’t be as flavoursome.

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with Red Bean Buttercream Frosting (Frosting adapted from CupcakeProject.com)

Serves: 24 Cupcakes
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
2 eggs
180g caster sugar
375ml vegetable oil
250ml plain yoghurt
1 tsp vinegar (5 ml)
315g plain flour
15g green tea powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
115g unsalted butter, room temperature
240g red bean paste, smooth
1/4 tsp salt
75g icing sugar

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Method
Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

2. In a food processor, mix the eggs with the caster sugar, vegetable oil, plain yoghurt, and vinegar.

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3. Sift plain flour, green tea powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

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4. Add in sifted ingredients to the food processor and blend until just incorporated.

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5. Place cupcake papers into a muffin pan, divide the batter in the cupcake papers, pour only halfway so batter doesn’t overflow, and bake, rotating half way through, for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and let cool.

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Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
1. Mix the butter until light and fluffy.

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2. Add in the red bean paste and beat until smooth.

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3. Mix in salt and sifted icing sugar until combined.

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4. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

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Aromatic green tea cupcakes with the delicious pairing with red bean frosting.
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
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Aromatic green tea cupcakes with the delicious pairing with red bean frosting.
Servings Prep Time
24cupcakes 15minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Servings Prep Time
24cupcakes 15minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Ingredients
Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
  • 2 Eggs
  • 180g Caster Sugar
  • 375ml Vegetable Oil
  • 250ml Plain Yoghurt
  • 1tsp Vinegar
  • 315g Plain Flour
  • 15g Green Tea Powder
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1tsp Salt
Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
  • 115g Unsalted ButterRoom Temperature
  • 240g Red Bean PasteSmooth
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • 75g Icing Sugar
Servings: cupcakes
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Instructions
Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  1. In a food processor, mix the eggs with the caster sugar, vegetable oil, plain yoghurt, and vinegar.
  2. Sift plain flour, green tea powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Add in sifted ingredients to the food processor and blend until just incorporated.
  4. Place cupcake papers into a muffin pan, divide the batter in the cupcake papers, pour only halfway so batter doesn’t overflow, and bake, rotating half way through, for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
  1. Mix the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the red bean paste and beat until smooth.
  3. Mix in salt and sifted icing sugar until combined.
  4. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
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