Chocolate Cupcakes with Earl Grey Icing

tea cake

I haven’t posted a recipe before that I’ve felt the need to try to describe as much as this one.

I’ll start by saying, the chocolate cakes are really, really good, so I urge you not to dismiss this recipe if the idea of tea in your icing doesn’t appeal to you. The cakes are somewhere between a brownie and a cupcake, with a crackly top and a moist, chocolate cake. Again, you’ll not be disappointed if you just make and enjoy the cake portion of this recipe!

So, on to the icing. Yes, it’s Earl Grey as in tea. And the tea is combined with whipped egg whites to make a fluffy, marshmallow-like frosting with a hint of lemon and tea, which combines with the lovely, moist chocolate, brownie-like cakes for a very grown-up sweet treat, that’s a nice change from the usual cupcake.

Again, if you’re adventurous, give this icing a try. If not, do try the chocolate tea cakes alone, or with your favourite chocolate buttercream.

Adapted from this Food Network recipe

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  1. These sound yummy :) I’m going to try a variation of these next week (I want to make a cupcake inspired by one of my favourite lattes – an earl grey). I’ll be using a vanilla cake instead of a chocolate, so I’ll let you know how they turn out, thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi again!
    I read an earlier comment on posting this recipe to a blog. I hope it’s ok that I’ve done the same! This recipe is so great and I just wanted to share – so I’ve linked it to here!
    Here is the link! My blog isn’t a food blog…more random thoughts, if you will. Just day to day stuff, etc. If you’d like me to remove, I don’t mind at all – but I think your blog is great and you and this recipe deserve mad props!!! Have a great long weekend!

  3. Hello Jen,
    Thank you so very much for your reply. What a relief to know that it’s gonna be fine overnight. I was very worried about the meringue since it’s very delicate. Again, I really appreciate your time.

  4. Hi Amanda, As I recall, I just stored them at room temperature (possibly in my cake dome) and they were fine next day. I suspect the icing would degrade over a couple of days, for sure but overnight should be fine. Although the icing is egg white based, it is quite stabilized with the sugar, so it’s not as delicate as meringue

  5. Hello,
    I googled this reciped and your blog popped out. I was wondering how do you store your final product? Also,is this kind of icing gonna taste good over night? Thank you so much!!!

  6. Hi Jen, just wanted to share my post with you! Hope you enjoy.
    ps. I’ve linked the title of the post with your post, so you may have some visitors checking you out too. :) Thanks again!

  7. So glad you enjoyed them Erin. Please feel free to share the recipe on your blog.

  8. Hi Jen! I have finally tried your chocolate tea cakes with earl grey frosting – WOW! Absolutely amazing. Would it be alright with you if I wrote about these on my blog? I will link the recipe back to your blog if you’re ok with it. Thanks again for the delicious recipe.

  9. Thanks Erin. We really enjoyed them. I liked that they were such a wonderfully different taste experience. Those little chocolate cakes are really, really good, too!

  10. Wow! These look amazing. I will definitely be trying these out for my next dinner party. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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