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I sent a bottle of sparkling apple juice to your house. Did you get it?

Oh lordy, these cupcakes so high. Sewiously you guys. These cupcaaaakes!

I’ve been holding out on  you, I know. Teasing with this delicious picture! The little icing poop on top! So cute! haha maybe that’s just me…

But before we get to the kickbutt recipe – I need to give a huge shout out to everyone who participated in the Summer Iced Tea Swap Event! It was a huge success – I had SO much fun putting it together, and I’m so happy that we had such an amazing group for our first swap! I held a little side contest that you could win just be entering the swap.
The Prize is a super amazing DavidsTea Iced Tea Package! I gathered some of the Iced Teas from the Kids Collection and added a few extra surprise goodies too! And the winner is…

Missy & Dylan!!!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated – I hope you’ll join next time, and I hope you get your teas soon and start drinking :D

Okay. I searched high and low for a good cupcake recipe to top with the Matcha buttercream. I wanted a decadent chocolate cupcake that would set the stage for the amazing icing, but then I realized it didn’t matter what cupcake recipe I found. Because I was planning on stuffing it with chocolate ganache anyways!!! And so I did. And then I wept. It was so good. So good that I felt no remorse for beginning a sentence with “Because”. That said – I did find a cupcake recipe! I adapted it a bit to what I had in the house, but it worked great!

Recipe Tips:

+ Ganache is yummy! It starts off this melted chocolate substance – but cool it in the fridge for a while and whala! Cut a hole in your cupcake, scoop some ganache in, replace top and ice your cupcake. I also made mini cupcakes and sandwiched the ganache between 2 halves. Whatever you do – it will be delicious!

+ I used Madagascar Vanilla Matcha from Red Leaf Tea for  my icing, but this is a great chance to play with flavours! Plain matcha works great because you add extra vanilla to the icing anyways. It’s super yum and you will be so happy! Warning – matcha does have a kick of caffeine so don’t eat a bunch before bed! ;)

Chocolate Cupcakes with Matcha Buttercream & Chocolate Ganache

Recipe for Cupcakes/Ganache adapted from The Food Pusher

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups flour (I used AP)

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup softened butter

1 cup buttermilk (I made my own)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Ganache

1/2 cup heavy cream (I used Irish Cream)

1 tbsp butter

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Matcha Buttercream Icing

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2-3 cups icing sugar (depending on texture of icing you prefer)

1 tbsp vanilla

2-3 tbsp cream or milk

1 tbsp matcha (add more to suit your tastes)

Make Icing – Cream butter for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups icing sugar (1 cup at a time), mixing until incorporated. Add matcha, vanilla and 2 tbsp cream. Beat for 3 minutes – at the 3 min mark, add more cream for a thinner icing or more icing sugar for a stiffer icing. Try not to eat the whole bowl. Set aside until ready to pipe.

Make your ganache – you can heat over the stovetop, but I do it the lazy way. Microwave butter and chocolate chips at 30 second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted. slowly drizzle in cream while stirring until fully incorporated. Put in fridge to harden, unless you’re planning on using it in it’s liquid state. Try not to eat the whole bowl with a spoon.

Bake your cupcakes – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line muffin tins.

In large mixing bowl whisk flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add butter and 3/4 cup buttermilk. Beat for 2 minutes, then add rest of buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Fill tin and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until knife inserted into middle of cupcake comes out clean. Let cool. Scoop out a hole in each cupcake, add solid ganache and replace the tops (I added about a tbsp of ganache per cupcake). You could also cut the cupcakes in half and sandwich the ganache in the middle. Top with icing and refrigerate until ready to serve!

 

Now eat lovers! Before the sun sets!


This post is a little late in the game, but the teas are still on the shelves so not too late! haha

DavidsTea recently released 3 Cupcake Teas. Cakes for your teacup :D

The reviews on Steepster were all over the map. Some loved these teas with a passion, others found them disappointing. Well, no matter what the reviews I knew I had to try them myself. How could I not? They sounded freaking delicious!

 

Ice Cream Cake

Pictured above. A black tea blend with carob, freeze dried ice cream, sprinkles, white chocolate & vanilla.

I actually didn’t mind this one! It smells like a Neapolitan ice cream cake for sure. Look at all the little bits! ee! The sprinkles were too much fun. Another ingredient in this tea is freeze dried ice cream. How awesome and unique is that? It reminds of of those ice creams you can get from the fair/exhibition. They’re flash frozen or something, and are tiny dots. They’re probably called dots. Anyways! As it brewed, it did not look so appealing (see the first picture in the tryptic below). The scum reared its ugly head!

Now to be fair, it’s the most delicious scum in the world! But I don’t know what else to call it, it left an icecreamy sludge on the bottom of the cup. And it wasn’t INYOURFACE delicious, but it was subtly yummy. The strongest flavour was strawberry, and it was nice and sweet without needing any sweetener. It was a little creamy, but I added milk to enhance that “ice cream” taste.

All in all, it was alright! But nothing special to me, unfortunately. Oh well!

Chocolate Cake

A black tea blend with carob, sprinkles, white chocolate bits, cocoa and stevia.

Wow. If you’re in a DT, be sure to smell a tin of this beauty. It smells SO so rich. Like a dense, fudgy chocolate brownie smothered in chocolate ganache rich. Now that’s a chocolate cake.

Sadly the taste was not quite there for me! There was a little bit too much stevia in this blend for my liking (it gave it a funky aftertaste), and to have a tea smell SO amazing.. well.. it’s hard to get a tea to taste like a 2 bite brownie. So this one was a  bleh in my opinion. I tried adding milk and sugar and the chocolate was barely there.

But WAIT… what’s that in the distance? Could it be… Birthday Cake!?

 

Birthday Cake

A red/green rooibos blend with sprinkles, honeybush and freeze dried icecream.

Ohhh this one did NOT disappoint! It happens to be the one with the least amount of additions, but it turned out to be the tastiest to me! The rooibos does not take the spotlight – the cake does! Well, not a birthday cake to me, but cake batter. Think cake batter ice cream or cake batter, well, anything. That’s the taste I’m getting here and I looooove it.

It’s good for 2 steeps and it’s just sweet enough to not need any additions. I’ve tried adding milk but I prefer it without. I need to stock up on this tea before it’s off the shelves, because I think it’s my current favourite bedtime treat. Ah, yum!

Have you tried the cupcake teas? Which was your favourite? Share in the comments below :D

 

Recap:

sweet

unique

Birthday cake!

so-so blends

9 May 2012

Review: DavidsTea’s Cake Teas

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Review, Tea