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
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
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
Honey Buttercream Frosting
110g Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
125g Icing Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Full Cream Milk
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.
3. In a mixer, cream the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until well combined before adding the next one.
5. Add in the vegetable oil and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
6. Add in the sifted plain flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined.
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.
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.
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.
I was thinking of something new to bake one day and I trawled through pages and pages of different cupcake ideas and recipes until eventually I found a recipe with Oreos in it. However, that particular one used a chocolate cake base which I preferred not to as I wanted to avoid a chocolate overload. So onwards I searched for the perfect Oreo cupcake recipe with icing and subsequently I found a recipe from Cook With Manali which looked absolutely beautiful that I had to give it a try. Spoiler alert: This were seriously addictive.
Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies & Cream Frosting (Cook With Manali Recipe)
Makes: 16-18 cupcakes
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups Oreos (broken into small pieces) + 16-18 Oreo halves
2 eggs, at room temperature
Cookies & Cream Frosting
115g cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3- 3 1/2 cups icing sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp heavy cream or milk
1 cup Oreo crumbs (crushed in a blender & then strained)
Mini oreos for decorating the cupcakes
1. Line a muffin pan with cupcakes liners, set aside. Preheat the oven to 175 C/ 350 F degrees (Depends on your oven as I have mine at 150 C for most baking)
2. In a bowl sift together all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
4. Add oil, vanilla and mix until combined.
5. Start adding the flour mixture and buttermilk in batches. Add the flour first, combine then add the buttermilk. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts and buttermilk in 2 parts, starting and ending with flour.
6. Mix the batter till everything is well combined but do not over mix.
7. Fold in the broken Oreo pieces, stir and combine.
Cookies & Cream Frosting
1. Crush Oreos in a blender/food processor to get Oreo crumbs. Strain or sieve if needed to get rid of any bigger chunks.
2. Using your mixer, beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth and creamy.
4. Add vanilla and cream/milk and mix.
6. Frost the cupcakes and decorate with mini oreos.
- These are vanilla Oreo cupcakes, you can make chocolate Oreo cupcakes using cocoa powder in the batter.
- Adjust the consistency of the frosting according to your preference. Add more cream for a spreading consistency, more sugar for thicker consistency to pipe flowers etc.
- You can use milk in the frosting but cream adds a wonderful rich flavour so if possible please use heavy cream.
- Do not over-bake your cupcakes. Keep an eye on them after 15 minutes.
I made this for my Buddhist community celebration earlier this year and the feedback was very positive! One thing to note though was that I prepared the frosting earlier in the day and then popped it in the fridge, and I forgot to take it out again to leave it at room temperature and as you can see the frosting I made initially does not look like the end result! I over whisked the frosting and consequently the frosting turned from what was a beautiful cookies and cream frosting where you can see the white cream and chocolate cookie crumbs to a completely chocolate frosting, so please be cautious of this when making the frosting.
Other than that, I do suggest reducing the sugar, I reduced it by a third from the original recipe and I found it a bit too sweet still because the Oreos are already ridiculously sweet as you have the base as Oreos plus the Oreo pieces in each cupcake. I haven’t tried just using 1/4 brown sugar but next time I’ll give it a go and update.
What I love about these cupcakes was the broken Oreos in the cake for some bite and also the half Oreos for the base that give it a cheesecake-like crumb base. Plus, the vanilla cupcakes itself are so moist and light. The use of oil instead of butter really makes such a difference!
Little Cupcakes is a famous Melbourne bakery, dedicated to cupcakes, as expected by its name. It’s been on Postcards, and it definitely has gathered quite a following for those wanting a cute and celebratory birthday cake in the form of cupcakes. Located in one of Melbourne’s most popular laneways, Degraves St, and close to Flinders St station, it is conveniently located and that just might be a bad thing as you’ll definitely be coming back for more.
One of the best things about Little Cupcakes, is its tiny bite sized cupcakes, that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
This one above was the Mocha (I believe), and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the cupcake itself. The icing on top for me anyway was a tad too sweet but it had had a nice hint of coffee, I would have liked it to have a bigger punch though. What I absolutely loved about the chocolate mud cake cupcakes, is how moist they are. It’s not too heavy, it’s fluffy and just nicely melts in your mouth without the dryness of most mud cakes I’ve eaten.
The Lemon cupcake, is a classic butter cake with a lemon frosting. I must admit, I’m a fan of all things lemon flavoured, but it has to taste like a lemon with the sweet, acidity and sourness that a lemon is. So it’s always disappointing to have a lemon frosting reduced to pure sugary sweetness, and makes the lemon taste almost fake. Unfortunately, this was what it was like, and the butter cake was quite dry too so it wasn’t a great one to be honest. I do hope I just got a bad egg.
The Cream Latte one is quite similar to the Mocha cupcake, and again the cake is just so moist. It’s really quite the delicious tasting experience, topped with a nice coffe and cream frosting. It’s just a pleasant cupcake to eat.
I love my cookies and cream ice cream, and so I was hoping the taste of that would translate into a nice frosting. Was slightly disappointed it lacked the creaminess and cookie crunch of cookies and cream, and lacked a bit of that flavour too. It was mostly sweet, but again the cake was deliciously moist.
This buttercake may have been from the same batch as the lemon one, the strawberry frosting on the other hand, was quite pleasant and you could taste an authentic strawberry flavour so even if the cake was dry, it was made up nicely by the sugary creaminess of the frosting.
This was a Belgian Chocolate cupcake, with a moist chocolate cake and topped with a dark belgian chocolate frosting. It was quite good to be honest. Usually I’m not a fan of chocolate on chocolate desserts as it’s just a chocolate overload but the frosting wasn’t overly sweet, it had a nice smooth and silky texture and taste to it. Plus it had an excellent moist cake base, so it was a real winner.
I saved the best for last. This Red Velvet cupcake, consists of a cocoa butter cake with a cream cheese frosting, and my oh my was this good. As you probably noticed, I’m not a real fan of just sugar overload, I do like balance and this Red Velvet little cupcake delivers.
The cake itself was moist, maybe not as moist as the chocolate counterparts but definitely nicer then the butter cakes on offer. It wasn’t too sweet either, and the cream cheese frosting was just pure goodness. It also wasn’t half as sweet as the frostings on the other cupcakes I tried, it had a nice creaminess to it and was just what I wanted in a cupcake. A cupcake that isn’t too sweet, moist, and has a nice texture and taste to boot. It also looked great. I definitely would go back for these, and they seemed quite popular too as when we went there, we took the last one available.
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