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Easter Cupcakes

Coconut Cream Chai and Van Lav Cupcakes 4

If you’re looking for a sweet finish to your meal this Easter (or maybe even a sweet start to your Sunday – who are we to judge?) look no further than this.  Add a bit of tea to your favourite vanilla cupcake recipe, and you’ll transform your dessert into something indescribably good.  We promise.

This holiday weekend, we took your basic vanilla cupcake to a whole new level by adding two different types of tea to the batter and ending up with two different kinds of cupcakes!

To harness the sweetness of springtime flowers, we added gentle Vanilla Lavender Rooibos to vanilla cupcakes and topped them with rose-infused frosting (and some dried flowers for decoration, of course).

Van Lav Cupcakes 2

For those looking for something a little less floral, we created Coconut Cream Chai Cupcakes.  Here, our spicy coconut tea blend meets the humble vanilla cupcake, and the result is delicious.  Coconut, ginger and cinnamon cozy up nicely to the vanilla batter.  Topped with coconut-flavoured frosting and rolled in toasted coconut shreds, this cupcake is as delicious as it is beautiful.

Coconut Cream Chai Cupcakes 1

Here’s how we did it:

1. First, prepare your tea.  Take 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Lavender rooibos and crush it using a mortar and pestle.  Set rooibos tea aside, then do the same for 1/2 teaspoon of Coconut Cream Chai.

2. Next, take your favourite vanilla cupcake recipe and prepare as usual.  Stop just before you scrape the batter into cupcake liners – first you have to add the tea.

3. Divide the batter between two bowls.  Into one bowl, add the Vanilla Lavender Rooibos, and add the Coconut Cream Chai into the other.  Stir each to incorporate.  Then pour into cupcake liners and bake as usual.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting.  Again, proceed as usual, following your favourite recipe for vanilla buttercream.  Divide frosting between two bowls.  Into one, add rosewater (and food colouring, if you want a pale purple frosting).  To the other, add coconut extract.  Keep covered in fridge until ready to use.

5. Now, toast your shredded coconut.  All you have to do is place about 3/4 cup of shredded coconut in a pan, turn the heat to medium and stir until the coconut is a light bright colour.  Your kitchen will smell wonderful, too!  Spread the coconut out on a plate.

6. Once the cupcakes are completely cool, frost them – the rose frosting for the Vanilla Lavender, and the Coconut for the Coconut Cream Chai.  Decorate the Vanilla Lavender cupcakes with rose petals and lavender flowers – or just use a sprinkle of Vanilla Lavender rooibos if that’s all you’ve got! – and roll the Coconut Cream Chai cupcakes in the toasted coconut.

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Adding the ground whole tea leaf to your cupcake mix will impart an intense taste that goes above and beyond simply steeping the tea in milk that you incorporate into the batter.  These cupcakes pack a powerful punch of delicious flavour!

Even better, by taking one recipe and creating two options for your guests, you’ll satisfy even the pickiest of eaters without adding a lot of extra work to your already-busy food preparations.  Start with a recipe that’s vegan or gluten-free if that floats your boat, or go old-school with grandma’s recipe (or even from a box!).  We promise that adding tea to whatever cupcakes you usually bake will take your dessert to a whole new level!

Happy Easter from Tealish!

Happy Easter

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TBS: Gluten Free Vegan Toasty Almond Cupcakes!

Nothing goes with tea quite like fresh baked goods, but what if your tea was baked into them? Introducing the Tealish Baking Series (TBS), a set of tea-licious recipes with options for almost every food sensitive tummy.

Obsessed with Toasty Almond? Join the club. Here at Tealish we’re constantly trying to invent new ways to get more toasty almond into our daily lives. Months of brainstorming, experimenting, failure, and tasting finally lead to this magnificent recipe, a combination of our two favorite things: behold, the Toasty Almond Cupcake!

Ingredients

50g bag of Toasty Almond tea
1/3 cup canola oil
1 + 1/2 cups almond milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup tapioca flour
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1/3 cup corn or almond flour (we use corn)
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cupcake Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius

Step One:
Stir 8 teaspoons of Toasty Almond into the soy milk in a small saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly for ten minutes, careful not to burn the soy milk, until colour is quite pink. Some of the milk will be soaked into the tea but don’t worry, we’ve planned for that! Pour through sifter into bowl and put aside.

Step Two:
In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of tea infused milk, extracts, oil, and sugar together with electric mixer on medium until ingredients are just combined.

Step Three:
Add tapioca flour and flax seed and mix vigorously for one minute until flour is dissolved.

Step Four:
Add all other remaining ingredients and mix with electric mixer on medium for two minutes: don’t worry, it is impossible to over mix this recipe!

Step Five:
Pour batter into baking tray (fill 3/4 full) and bake for 20-22 minutes. Let them cool completely before icing!

Icing

Ingredients

1/4 cup vegan margarine (we use earth balance)
1/4 cup vegan shortening
2 + 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup toasty infused milk
1 pinch of cinnamon
12 tsp “toasty extract”*

*brew a quarter cup of toasty almond tea with 6 teaspoons of tea for as long as possible. This will create a sort of extract that helps turn your icing pink!

Icing Directions

Step One: Cream together margarine and shortening until fluffy.

Step Two: Slowly add all other ingredients, adding small amounts of “toasty extract” last until you create a suitable shade of pink.

Step Three: Ice cupcakes liberally, brew up a cup of tea and enjoy!


ABOUT TEALISH

Tealish is a modern tea boutique located in downtown Toronto, Canada. This blog is meant to be a peek in to what Tealish is up to as well as a source of information about loose leaf tea and all things tea related. We hope you enjoy these posts and we hope you enjoy our teas – check us out online at www.tealish.com

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