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Author Notes: Inspired by one of my favorite chocolate bars by the Tea Room, this flavor combination is flowery and comforting like a warm cup of tea on a cold winter's day. Check out the original post here: http://www.hummingbirdhigh.com/2012/12/white-chocolate-honey-and-chamomile.html - Michelle@HummingbirdHigh
Makes 12 cupcakes
For the White Chocolate and Honey Glaze
- 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 5 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 2 ounces white chocolate bar
- For the Chamomile Cake Base: Put the 1/2 cup whole milk and 3 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers in a liquid measuring cup, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.
- Preheat the oven to 325 (F) and prepare your cupcake pan with paper cupcake cases.
- Put 1 cup flour, a scant 3/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 3 tablespoons unsalted butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
- Strain the 1/2 cup of chamomile-infused milk for the cupcake (from the first step) and slowly pour into the mixture, beating well until all the ingredients are well mixed.
- Add 1 egg and beat well, scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
- Once all the ingredients have been incorporated, spoon the batter into your prepared cupcake pan until each paper cupcake case is about two-thirds full (if using a cookie dough scoop, each cupcake case should have about two tablespoons of batter) Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops of the cakes bounce back when touched. A skewer inserted in the center of the cupcakes should come out clean.
- Let the cupcakes cool slightly in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- For the White Chocolate & Honey Glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon honey, 5 tablespoons heavy cream, and a pinch of kosher salt together until smooth.
- Use a cookie scoop to evenly distribute glaze amongst the cupcakes, using an offset icing spatula to smooth the glaze evenly across the cooled cupcakes.
- Once the cupcakes have been frosted, use a cheese grater or a vegetable peeler to create white chocolate shavings over the cupcakes — do this immediately after frosting the cupcakes, otherwise the glaze will set and the white chocolate shavings will bounce right off the cupcakes.
For the Chamomile Cupcake Base:
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers (from teabags)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room tempearature
- 1 egg
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Tea