It’s a good thing I didn’t start the new year off with healthy resolutions because the past few days have been all about cupcake making. (I have a hard life, I know). And I’m sorry to say that these aren’t low-sugar, low-carb, low-fat… although they are low in “shelf life” because they’re likely to disappear soon after you make them. Everything in moderation right?
Remember this post about Moonshine Sweet Tea? Well it’s back, this time in cake form. These cupcakes are the perfect treat to cozy up with while you daydream about hot sunny days ahead. And – exciting news – you can now find Moonshine Sweet Tea in all Southwest Region Whole Foods stores.
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 1 chai-tea tea bag
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1.5 cups unbleached cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder*
- ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup canola oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup Moonshine Sweet Tea
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temp (see vegan option below)
- 3-3.5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 3 tablespoons Moonshine Sweet Tea
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper cups.
- Steep the tea in the almond milk. Let cool to room temp. Add the lemon juice and let it sit together while you prep the dry ingredients.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, mix the coconut oil, vanilla, sugar, and almond milk/tea mixture. Mix until well combined, then add the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl and mix on high speed for 1 more minute.
- Scoop batter, ¼ cup at a time, into muffin cups.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
- Make the Sweet Tea Syrup. In a small saucepan, simmer Moonshine Sweet Tea until it reduces by (almost) half. Set aside and let it cool to room temp.
- Make the frosting: In an electric mixer, cream the butter. Add sifted powdered sugar and mix until incorporated and creamy. Add Moonshine Sweet Tea to thin the frosting to your desired consistency. Chill until ready to use.
- Assemble the cupcakes with a big dollop of frosting (or pipe it on with a piping bag). Make a little welt in the middle and drizzle in the Sweet Tea Syrup.
For a vegan version of the frosting, use Earth Balance butter, but don't let it come all the way to room temp. Mix it while soft, but still slightly chilled so it doesn't become too runny.
This post is sponsored by Moonshine Sweet Tea. All opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that keep us cooking!