Earl Grey Breakfast Cupcakes
This cupcake reminds me of my grandma Mabel’s quintessentially English breakfasts in Wallasey (minus the Cheshire cheese, which I always thought was a little odd).
- For the cupcakes:
- 3 slices of brown bread
- 250g unsalted butter, plus extra for spreading, softened
- 250g self-raising flour
- 250g caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4 large free-range eggs
- 1/2 x 450g jar of fine-cut marmalade
- For the Earl Grey infused milk:
- 200ml whole milk
- 2 heaped tbsp Earl Grey tea leaves
- For the buttercream icing:
- 300g unsalted butter, softened
- 675g icing sugar
You will need 2 x 12-hole muffin trays, with snug-fitting paper cases and 1 piping bag with a 5mm nozzle for this recipe.
Preheat the oven to 170°C fan/375°F/gas 5. Start by making the Earl Grey infused milk: place the milk and tea leaves in a small pan over a medium heat. Bring the milk almost to the boil – keep a close eye on it – then reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for around 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, cover with a lid and leave to cool completely, then strain through a sieve.
Toast the bread until slightly burnt, then butter both sides and bake in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until crisp enough to snap. Remove and leave to cool, then whiz in a food processor or grate with a box grater and set aside. Sift the remaining dry cupcake ingredients into a large bowl, add the butter and eggs, then beat for 60 seconds with an electric mixer (I prefer the free-standing type). Add 3 tablespoons of Earl Grey infused milk and whisk for 20 seconds, or until well combined.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then give the mix a final blast for 30 seconds to make sure it’s all incorporated. Fill the paper cases two-thirds full with mixture, but don’t bother to smooth it out. Bake for 20 minutes, or until they spring back when touched. Leave to cool, transferring to a wire cooling rack after 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the icing. Beat the butter with an electric mixer for 4 to 5 minutes, or until pale and smooth. Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl, then add to the butter in two stages, beating well between each. Gradually add 6 tablespoons of Earl Grey infused milk and beat for a further 3 to 5 minutes, or until well combined. Once the cupcakes are cool, poke a hole into the middle of each with a chopstick, twist to widen the hole, then use a piping bag to fill each one with a little marmalade. Decorate with the icing, sprinkle over the buttered toast crumbs and serve.