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Jean Luc Picupcakes (Earl Grey Tea cupcakes with lemon cream cheese icing)

September 28, 2011

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I don’t know if any of you reading out there consider yourselves Trekkies (or is Trekkers the more socially acceptable term these days?).

But even if you’re not, I’m sure you’ve at least heard of this flawless GQMF… Captain Jean Luc Picard; a man who – when he is not going boldly where no man has gone before – enjoys a spot of Earl Grey tea:

So it was to my GREAT DELIGHT that I stumbled across a recipe for Earl Grey Tea cupcakes on ONTD_startrek – a fan community which apparently features a regular BAKE IT SO/MAKE IT SEW segment for edible/crafty Star Trek related things. AMAZE!!

And so I present to you –

JEAN LUC PICUPCAKES….!

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Yeah I fashioned a combadge out of fondant because I’m cool like that (>_>)

PS. ULTRA THANKS to my friend Fi who gave me those awesome tea cup cupcake moulds!!

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A red tea-towel because OF COURSE.

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The recipe made 8 normal sized cupcakes, and then 12 mini cupcakes. I frosted the pretty ones and then ate all the ugly ones haha

Besides being super duper easy to make (and let’s face it…. the name is AMAZING) – they are also DELICIOUS. The Earl Grey tea is baked right into the cupcake, giving it an excellent citrusy bergamot taste. I will definitely be making these again!!

JEAN LUC PICUPCAKES

(recipe adapted from Shaxophile)

For the Cupcakes

Ingredients
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup of  milk
1 Earl Grey tea bag

Method
Preheat the oven to 180˚C

Cream the butter and sugar together using an electric mixer until it is light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, ensuring that each is thoroughly combined before adding the next one.

In a separate bowl – sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut open the Earl Grey tea bag with scissors and pour the tea contents into your dry mixture. Mix well.

Beat half of the dry mixture into the wet ingredients until combined. Add the rest of the dry mixture and 1/4 cup of milk. Stir until just combined. Line the cupcake pan with 12 cups and fill them about two-thirds full.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cool thoroughly before frosting.

For the Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients
125g cream cheese
2 tablespoons of butter
2 cups of icing sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
zest of a lemon

Method
Blend butter and cream cheese together using an electric mixer (or a hand mixer if you REALLY need the exercise). Add the cups of icing sugar in gradually, and add in the lemon zest and juice (or more to taste). Mix well until the icing is creamy.

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Butterrrrr

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My measuring spoons from Miss Piggy still going strong!

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Creaming the butter and Sugar

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Before

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After

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Cream cheese frosting!

BAKE IT SO!

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2011 3:11 pm

    Too cute! Because 1) I’m a big fan of Earl Grey, and 2) the husband is a Trekkie =p

    • October 31, 2011 9:50 pm

      I am such a big fan of Earl Grey too! Not sure if I was more excited by the flavour, or because of the nerdiness hehee

  2. September 30, 2011 11:43 pm

    i have the same cupcakes set *hi5*

    • October 31, 2011 9:50 pm

      So cute isn’t it!! I wish there were more in the set. I got it as a present for my birthday 🙂

  3. October 4, 2011 3:21 pm

    Oh the frosting sounds amazing! Love the tea!

  4. October 11, 2011 2:09 pm

    I love cream cheese frosting! The combo of earl grey tea cupcake & lemon cream cheese frosting sounds so good!

  5. October 20, 2011 10:01 pm

    Brilliant, just brilliant! Who would have thought? Love the “bake it so”! 😀

  6. October 25, 2011 9:52 am

    Bahahahaha! You just made me cackle out loud in the office. Love that you frosted the pretty ones and ate the ugly ones. I feed the ugly ones to my family…

    • October 31, 2011 9:51 pm

      Hahahaaa I do that too!! I feed them to my little bro. “NO YOU CAN’T EAT THAT ONE! EAT THIS UGLY ONE”

  7. October 25, 2011 12:15 pm

    I want ALL of these cuppies! 🙂

  8. November 10, 2011 12:39 pm

    Perfect timing that I discovered your blog, and this post — I am now planning on making these for my sci-fi book group next week (we’re discussing Soulless by Gail Carriger, so the whole tea thing goes nicely. And, the Jean-Luc reference is too awesome to pass up!)

    • November 14, 2011 5:47 pm

      oh yay that sounds so fun! You’ll definitely have to tell me how they turn out 🙂 good luck!!

      • November 18, 2011 11:49 pm

        Cupcakes were a success! Will need to revise my frosting, though — I don’t think I did the conversion quite right (I think I needed more cream cheese). 🙂

  9. November 24, 2011 6:36 am

    This has to be my favourite post on your blog so far!! ❤

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