So my exams are over and so is another academic year! It was so stressful but now I must admit, I feel kinda empty without all those long hours of reading philosophy. So I thought I’d make some cupcakes to fill me up! 🙂 Today I received a big box of goodies from my boyfriend’s Mum in Italy and it was full of organic tea and a few of my favourite flavours including sea buckthorn tea (I think it’s also called Seaberry)
So I thought it’s too warm to have a cup of tea today so I put it in a cupcake instead! I always said, when drinking this tea, that it tastes like a dessert, so it’s perfect for these cakes; however, you can use any other fruit tea that you like 🙂
Makes: 12 Cupcakes
- 1½ cups plain flour, I used 1 cup of wholemeal and 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 sea buckthorn tea bags, or tea of choice
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange zest
- 1/3 cup grape seed/canola oil
- 1 tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Orange Icing:
- 1/2 cup vegan butter
- 3½ cups icing sugar/powdered sugar
- Zest of one orange
- Juice of half an orange
- A few drops of natural orange food colouring (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 350°F/176°C/gas mark 4 and line a muffin tray with liners. Steep the tea bags in the boiling water until the water cools, you want it to be really strong. Now sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. In another bowl stir together the sugar, orange zest, oil, vinegar and vanilla extract. Once the tea has cooled, take out the bags and pour the tea into the sugar mixture. Stir well to combine.
Now add in the wet mixture to the flour mix and beat on a medium speed until just combined.
Pour the mixture into liners and bake for around 18 – 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before icing/frosting. For the icing: beat together the butter and the orange juice until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar cup by cup until you have a soft mixture with peaks. Add in the zest and colouring if using until you have the colour you want 🙂