August 12th, 2008
Starry Night Cupcake – cupcake infused with earl grey tea topped with thick chocolate earl grey ganache and decorated with chocolate stars brushed with edible gold dust. Price available upon request.
Hail to the Earl
Everybody seems to be all agog about green tea these days that I decided to turn to one of its “less celebrated” but equally healthy cousins: the earl grey tea. Being used to the Lipton Yellow Label tea while growing up, I was unfamiliar with the earl grey tea until I came across a chocolate earl grey truffle recipe in Bon Appetit magazine a few years back. So while making these cupcakes, I thought about these truffles and how perfect they would be as topping. Earl grey tea is so fragrant; one whiff and you will want to empty your teacup at once, burning throat and all. It is now my tea of choice.
This cupcake is delicately flavored but I must say that it is the truffle topping that takes center stage as it is so flavorful. Bergamot, the key ingredient in earl grey tea is often used to treat depression so I thought that a sparkling star (chocolate brushed with edible gold dust) would be an apt decoration. Come to think of it, having a delicious cupcake can also drive the blues away, don’t you think?
Fact: Earl grey tea was named after Charles Grey, a British Prime Minister in the 1800s, who received the blended tea as a gift.
Fun trivia: Fictional characters who prefer earl grey tea include Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Bruce Wayne aka Batman, James Bond and Winnie the Pooh’s friend Piglet. (Source: Wikipedia).