Remember this cupcake recipe? Well, it turns out, it is super easy to make minor adjustments to it to get some pretty fun and tasty results. Over the weekend, I experimented a bit, and came up with this SUPER YUMMY and SUPER EASY way to transform a pretty basic recipe into something just a little bit fancier. Give these a try for your next garden party (I don't have these), or soiree (or these), or afternoon on the couch (This is more my speed)
Because the changes to this recipe are really minor, I have just copied and pasted the recipe from a few weeks ago, and edited in the changes. I've also made the changes bold.
Earl Gray Cupcake Recipe
1 1/2 cups GF flour mix. (I like Bob's Red Mill in the blue bag)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter (room temperature, sliced into half inch sections)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup seltzer (I actually used sparkling apple juice, the carbonation is what matters)
5 Earl Gray tea bags
Set oven to 325 F. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners. This recipe makes about 12 cupcakes.
Mix your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and powder, sugar, and salt) in the bowl of your stand mixer. You can sift them, but I find a whisk works just fine. Add the butter and set your mixer to low. Mix until the ingredients are well combined; it should look like coarse sand.
Pour the buttermilk into a glass and microwave for 30 seconds. Add the tea bags and let sit for 15 mins. Squeeze the buttermilk that has been absorbed by the tea bags into the butter, sugar, and flour mixture. Tear open one tea bag and add the contents to the mixture (this part is optional, but I like the way it looks). Add the rest of the buttermilk. Add the seltzer and eggs.
Mix on medium until well combined. Pour into the cupcake liners; fill to about 2/3 full.
Bake for 25 minutes or until you can pull a toothpick out clean. Let cool.
Simple Fluffy Buttercream
1/2 cup butter, softened
7 oz Marshmallow Fluff
1/4 - 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Food coloring (if you want)
Mix butter and marshmallow fluff with stand mixer until fluffy and well combined. Add powdered sugar until it reaches desired consistency. Add Lemon extract a few drops at a time until you get the desired flavor. I like a light lemon flavor so you can really taste the tea in the cakes.
Apply to cupcakes however you prefer. I like a piping bag, but a spatula or knife works just as well.
These are pretty seriously yummy. Give them a try and tell me what you think!