Sunday, September 04, 2011

Tea and Cake

Tea, cake, flowers. Win. 

Haven't baked any cakes for a couple of months (and my waistline has not just thanked me but rejoiced, holding a party in my honour, because of it). But fear not waistline - I am giving most (save half of one cake - yes, saintlike I know) of this batch away to OTHER PEOPLE. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

 Behind the scenes trivia: Noone actually drunk that cup of tea. It was for show only. I'M SUCH A FRAUD.

I've been wanting to try out the Hummingbird Earl Grey Tea Cupcake recipe for a while. And what with this being the last weekend we can really get away with feeling summery until next year (its knits, tights, bundling up warm, and cold extremities from now until March people!), and I feel the subtle light flavouring is more suited to warmer days, I decided to have a bash at these now, before it's too late and all I crave in a cupcake are cinammon, ginger and big bold Christmassy tastes.

Now, disclaimer: I don't actually LIKE tea. I know, I know. But I'm much more of a coffee girl, what can I say - slave to the bean.'s part of the reason why New York was such a good idea for me. They, like I, live off the stuff.

Behind the scenes trivia: The cakes got eaten though. Not by me you understand. Nope.

Having said that, I am living proof that you don't have to like tea (let alone Earl Grey tea) to love these cakes.

The Earl Grey flavour (lemony, bergamoty, tea-y(?)) is really subtle, light and refreshing and just seems to go so well with the plain sponge and butter frosting.

Just the ticket for the last summer Sunday afternoon. (When it rained. Predictably).


Bubalus said...

Mum's on her way over.

PinkBow said...

Mmm I would really like to try these. I love earl grey tea. Autumn always makes me want to bake!

Hmm, seems like a lot of people have the converse issue. Although I've had mine years, I never wear them. Wonder if the breaking in pain is worth it??

Fashiable said...

Looks delicious!


julia.a said...

lovely pictures :) :)

t said...

Looks delicious!

Emma said...

Oh, YUM. Nice work. I love Earl Grey (though am a slave to the bean also), and these look delicious. Oh, butter-cream icing... x

Harriet said...

These look so delicious! I'm not much of a baker, but I am a *big* fan of eating so my stomach salutes you!

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

Oh, I am so jealous! Love cupcakes!

julianne. said...

those look so so yummy!

danniekate said...

so jealous! i need to try and bake these. xx

Eloise said...

I want to try them! Tea and cake are probably my two favourite things in life.


LeeLee said...

Looks delicious!

Little Lj said...

Paula: I know me too - the cakes were delicious!

Emma: Butter-cream icing is the bomb. You know it. I know it. We ALL KNOW IT.

Harriet: Thank you!

Dannie-Kate: And they're so easy to do! Try it out..

Eloise: Haha, you sound like my mum (in a good way!!).. They were yummy!

SAM said...

Looks so good!