Blog Recipes/ Cakes and Cupcakes/ Desserts and Sweets

Earl Grey Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

Sharing is caring!

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that!

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

We own 3 different kinds of coffee maker in this house (stovetop espresso, French press, and pour over), so you’d think both the Godfather and I are coffee people. Not so. He’s the resident coffee-lover, and I am resident tea hoarder. I do enjoy coffee, but tea has so much variety and is so versatile! You can drink it or bake with it! In fact, the idea for these earl grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting came to me over an afternoon cup, and I’m rather proud of them. The tea flavor is subtle, balances nicely with the frosting, and they’re just so cute in mini form! 

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

I actually prefer these cupcakes as minis and would recommend baking them that way because the honey frosting is pretty sweet. If you really like sweet frosting, this probably won’t be an issue for you, but as someone who prefers a more tempered sweetness to dessert, bite size is best unless you just spread on the frosting. The swirl of frosting is just so pretty on a cupcake!

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

To achieve the earl grey flavor, I just used the tea blend I had on hand. If you have single serve bags, you’ll get about 2 teaspoons of tea per bag. Loose leaf tends to run a bit larger depending on brand, so if your tea leaves are on the big side, crush them or pulse them a few times in a food processor to break them down a bit.

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s perfect for gatherings or just warming up a dreary afternoon. 😉

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Earl Grey Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 5 dozen mini cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that! 

Ingredients

Cupcake Batter

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 c neutral-flavored oil
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 bags Earl Grey tea, about 4 tsp loose tea
  • 2 cups whole milk

Honey Lemon Frosting

  • 1 lb butter, softened
  • 5-6 cups powdered (confectioner's) sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Warm the milk to just under a simmer in a small saucepan or in the microwave and steep 2 of the tea bags for 5 minutes before removing. Set the milk aside (or in the refrigerator) to cool a bit.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 F, line 5 dozen mini cupcake wells with paper liners
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  4. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a smaller mixing bowl.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon measuring spoon to portion the batter into the prepared cupcake pans. Bake for 14 minutes until the cupcakes centers just spring back when lightly touched. If you are baking full sized cupcakes, bake for 20-22 minutes.
  7. Move the cupcakes to a wire cooling rack to cool.
  8. Make the frosting by beating the softened butter and lemon zest on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add 5 cups of the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Stir in the honey and lemon juice, then add the additional cup of sugar, 2 tbsp at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  9. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and enjoy!

Did this recipe inspire you?

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for even more great ideas... and don't forget to use the little "pin" button at the top of this card to save this recipe!

 

Why just drink your tea when you can eat it too? This recipe for Earl Grey cupcakes with honey buttercream frosting lets you do just that! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Disclosure

Posts on Goodie Godmother may contain affiliate links, meaning that, should you click through and purchase, Goodie Godmother will receive a small commission. There is no cost to you, and any commission earned goes right to work helping me continue to bring you delicious recipes! That being said, I would never recommend a product I wouldn't or don't use myself and any opinions are 100% my own, always.

You Might Also Like

6 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily
    February 14, 2020 at 1:03 am

    I just made this recipe! Its absolutely delicious, I just wish you had made the instructions a little more clear. I was also confused about the third tea bag until I read the comments. Also I didn’t know if to include mixing the tea infused milk with the wet ingredients before combining with the dry. I also found the time you recommended to be too long. I cut the time down by about two minutes and they turned out nice and fluffy. I would also like to note that I did make full size cupcakes. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      February 25, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      I’ll take a look at the recipe, thank you. Each oven is so different! I’m glad your cupcakes turned out nicely. <3

  • Reply
    Nad
    September 5, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Hi..
    i followed ur recipe.it taste delicious but may i know why my cupcakes crack on top?this is my 1st time baking.so i didn’t familiar with it consistency.
    if i want to make it into 1 whole cake what cake pan size should i use n how long it will bake?
    tq

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      September 25, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      It’s been a little while since I’ve baked these, but I don’t remember them cracking. Sometimes this happens if they rise too fast in the oven. As for turning it into a cake, 8″ pans, 30-35 minutes. I haven’t made this exact recipe as a cake yet though, so this is a general guideline.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    July 8, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I am curious. Why does the ingredients list call for 3 tea bags, but you only say to use 2 tea bags in the instructions?

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.