Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes.

Perfect for Mothers Day, a special occasion, or just because you are in a cupcake mood (who needs an excuse to eat€¦

INGREDIENTS
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 4 Earl Grey Teabags (or 4 teaspoons loose earl grey tea)
  • 1¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • …” Cup Non-Dairy Milk (such as soy or almond milk)
  • …“ Cup Canola Oil (or other light flavourless oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Frosting:
  • ¼ Cup Vegetable Shortening (I like Earth Balance non-hydrogenated shortening)
  • ¼ Cup Vegan Butter (I like Earth Balance)
  • 1½ Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Earl Grey Teabag (or 1 teaspoons loose earl grey tea)
  • Boiling Water
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. For the Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Line a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners, or lightly grease the pan and set aside.
  3. Cut 4 teabags open and empty the contents into a small bowl. If the tea is a fine grind, you are good to go. If the tea you are using is has big leaves or is coarser, pulse it in a food processor, blender, or grind in mortar and pestle until it’s a finer grind, but not powder.
  4. Add the tea to a large mixing bowl along with all of the dry ingredients: the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix together.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients: the non-dairy milk, canola oil, apple cider vinegar and vanilla.
  6. Pour the wet into dry, and using a spoon mix until the ingredients are just combined. No over mixing!
  7. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 cupcake liners and pop in the oven for 18-20 minutes until the cakes have risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. For the Frosting: Bring water to a boil. Put the teabag in a small mug and pour in the boiling water. You will only need about 2 tablespoons of the brewed tea, but make a bit extra just incase. Let steep until cool, do not remove the teabag! You want the tea to be very strong.
  9. In a mixer, blend the vegetable shortening and vegan butter, together until creamy. Add in the powdered sugar ½ a cup at a time. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the cold extra strong brewed tea. If you are happy with the frosting consistency, stop here, if you want it a bit softer, add in another tablespoon of the brewed tea until you are happy with the consistency.
  10. When the cupcakes are completely cooled, scoop the frosting into a piping bag, use a knife to spread the frosting, or do what I do, and cut a hole in the tip of a plastic bag for a DIY frosting bag. However you do it, frost as you please and enjoy your cupcakes!