Not only are these cupcakes topped with the prettiest blueberry frosting, but they also happen to be so incredibly delicious too. Baking these cupcakes with earl grey and bergamot pairs perfectly with this rich blueberry lemon frosting. So let’s jump right to it so I can tell you more about these fabulous Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes with Blueberry Lemon Frosting!
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Baking with Earl Grey
The main inspiration behind these cupcakes came from a desire to start baking with Earl Grey. The first recipe that really inspired me to do this was these amazing Brown Butter Earl Grey Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from my friend Joanne at Olive & Mango. I love how Earl Grey can compliment so many different flavors from bold chocolates to tart lemons. I knew I just had to make earl grey the star of my next cupcake recipe…with the help of some vanilla of course!
Since there is actually only 1/4 cup of Earl Grey tea in this recipe, the key is to make sure it is really strongly steeped. For this recipe, I used Tea Pigs Earl Grey Strong but any Earl Grey tea should do. Definitely just make sure you steep your tea for 5-10 minutes to make it super strong!
After making the cupcakes, the next step was figuring out what flavor frosting to mix with Earl Grey. Earl Grey is traditionally made with bergamot which gives it a citrus taste. I had a lot of flavor ideas, but ultimately polled all of you following on Instagram and the overwhelming opinion was to go with blueberry! So you know that’s just what I did.
How to Make the Perfect Vegan Frosting
One question I get a lot when I make any cake or cupcakes recipe is “How do you make such a fluffy and smooth vegan frosting?!” Since I want to share the secret with you all, here’s the formula I follow for pretty much every vegan frosting recipe on my site:
One: Cold Vegan Butter. Depending on your preference Miyokos or Earth Balance tend to work best. The trick is to cut the butter into chunks and whip it while it is still cold with your vegan shortening.
Two: Vegan Shortening. I really love Spectrum Organics as its sustainably sourced palm oil. The reason I like to mix shortening with vegan butter is that palm oil tends to be softer at room temperature and makes the frosting really creamy and easy to pipe.
Three: Just a Little Coconut Cream. Adding just 1 Tbsp of this makes the frosting so much fluffier.
Four: Organic Powdered Sugar. Powdered Sugar definitely is the key to getting a sweet frosting that is still super smooth. I love using Wholesome Sweeteners brand.
Five: Anything flavor you want! This is where I like to get creative. For my Vegan Lemon Olive Oil Cupcakes, I stuck to just vanilla bean paste. For my Vegan Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake, I added in some fresh blood orange juice. However, for these, I added in fresh blueberries & a bit of lemon zest. Other flavor suggestions could be fresh strawberries, fresh orange juice, mint, peanut butter, or even melted chocolate!
There you have it! The second cupcake recipe to make it on SGTO topped with loads and loads of vegan frosting! These Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes with Blueberry Lemon Frosting are truly the perfect cupcakes for any spring event. I’ve gotten requests for Lime and Coconut Cupcakes as well as Red Velvet so expect those on the blog in the coming weeks.. If you have more cupcake recipes you want to see, please comment below any time so I can create more of the recipes you want to bake at home. In the meantime enjoy these frosting loaded vegan earl grey cupcakes!