Monday, March 21, 2011

Cupcake Wars

Boring, Naked Cupcakes....
Will NOT do...for a fancy Tea Party
Creating a Jasmine Tea Buttercream frosting to top them...
now that is more like it!
The only trouble is....
We are NOT pastry chefs!
And there was frosting all over the place by the time we got done...
And these pictures do NOT do justice.....
of the BIG mess we made....
Oh yea...
then there was the frosting of the cupcakes....
That one year that we spent serving soft-serve ice cream to the neighborhood...
Well....let's just say that it took a few cupcakes to get the hang of it again!!
No worries...
the battle was soon ended...the cupboards were cleaned off -
and a yummy recipe was put into our "tea party" book...

Jasmin Tea Buttercream Frosting
(makes 4-5 cups)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
3 tablespoons jasmine tea leaves
(make a note...we will use different flavors of teas as well as this one -
try your favorite tea if you don't have jasmine!!)
8 cups confectioners' sugar
Pink food-coloring paste

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, microwave cream on high
in 30-second intervals until hot.

Place tea leaves in hot cream. 
Stir, and steep for 10 minutes. 
Strain cream through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding tea leaves. 
Refrigerate until cold, 20-30 minutes.

In a large bowl and using an electric mixer at medium-high speed,
 beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. 
Add 4 tablespoons tea-infused cream, beating until just combined. 
If frosting looks dry, slowly add additional cream by the teaspoonful
until frosting is creamy.

Add food-coloring paste, a bit at a time, until frosting is desired color.
Use immediately.


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Who cares if they aren't perfect?? Makes them really look homemade and you get to EAT the really bad looking ones!! LOL

I've got to try your recipe... sounds so tea partyish!! I wonder how raspberry tea would do? is there lavender tea?

Big hugs, Sherry

Vintage Gal said...

Who cares if they are not picture perfect. If they taste good ~ they will eat them ;-) Have a terrific day (((Hugs)))

kelsey said...

Yum! I want one right now!


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