Vanilla Tea Cupcakes


vanilla cupcakesTea parties are one of the most easiest ways to entertain on a bright summer afternoon. Some crackers or cookies, vanilla cupcakes and a pot full of simmering hot tea or coffee and you are all set to make your friends feel at home and enjoy a quiet afternoon, reliving fond memories. Vanilla is such a universal flavor it can make anything taste better, and cupcakes are one of the simplest contenders! But here, we adapt a simple cupcake recipe for a tea-party by adding some spices and orange zest, and decking them up with a dollop of jam and some sprinkling of powdered sugar. Pulled out of mini-muffin pans and placed on a party platter, these vanilla tea cupcakes will surely make it worth your while!

Ingredients
Makes about 12 mini cupcakes

1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp all-spice (or nutmeg, cinnamon,dry ginger and star anise pwd)
1/2 tsp orange zest
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp unsalted butter - softened
4 tbsp confectioners' sugar - to sprinkle on top
4 tbsp jam (raspberry or strawberry works best)

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, the baking soda, the spices, and a pinch of salt.

In another bowl, cream together the butter and the granulated sugar, beat in the egg, till its light and fluffy. Add the oil and whisk together.

Slowly combine the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients, beating well after each addition. Finally add the vanilla essence and orange zest to the batter.

Divide the batter among 12 paper-lined mini-muffin tins and bake the cupcakes in the middle of an oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

Turn the cupcakes out onto a wire rack and let them cool completely. Whip up the jam mixture with 4 drops of water. Drop a tiny spoonful on the top of each cupcake. Dust with some confectioner's sugar.

The spices do balance well with the orange zest and vanilla...so there's a little bit of everything without any of it being overpowering..and the jam and sugar on the top makes it worth serving at a party!:) No need for frosting!! Serve these Vanilla Tea Cupcakes at a tea-party and dazzle your friends and guests, just like I'm sending them to Erin's Spring Tea party event!

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38 comments :

ovenhaven said...

Oh those look so cute! I love the dollop of jam at the top :)

Homecooked said...

These look really yummy! Perfect for a snack!

nicisme said...

I am a vanilla lover and these would be just my cup of tea!

Asha said...

Slurp! I love Vanilla, bought a bottle of Madagascar Vanilla and love cup cakes too!:))

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

These look lovely - pure and simple! No need for frosting - just a colorful touch of jam!

Rachel said...

I'd sure enjoy this with a cup of tea :)

ms said...

Looks very tempting mansi!

kamala said...

cup cakes looks so beautiful with jam on the top Mansi.I am going to make this weekend for a small party at my home

Mansi Desai said...

I know! I love simple cupcakes like these, where the essence is in the taste rather than the frosting:) thanks for bestowing all this love on these cuties!:)

sarah said...

omg! these would be perfect for the small get-together of friends I'm holding for my mom on Mother's Day! thanks so much for the idea Mansi!:)

~sarah

Uma said...

those cupcakes looks so inviting, Mansi! Lovely accompaniment with tea.

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

These are ever so sweet Mansi...just the perfect thing for tea!! I love the spices you've used...bookmarked!! :0)

Arundathi said...

these look delicious! i love the jam idea - must've been scrumptious with tea! :)

Mansi Desai said...

yes ppl, the spices do balance well with the orange zest and vanilla...so there's a little bit of everything without any of it being overpowering..and the jam and sugar on the top makes it worth serving at a party!:)

thanks for all your sweet feedback!:)

ranji said...

wow mnsi..u realy now how to tempt a person to make a cupcake!!:)..i really love this..i will make it this weekend and let u know:)

Vanamala said...

Wow very nice.

Swati Raman Garg said...

aaah i love vanilla .. and jam topping looks so tempting... :) too good...

Mallika said...

These do look gooooood.

Kalai said...

What a wonderful combo of spices you've used, Mansi. They are just too cute dressed up with jam and powdered sugar! Now, I wonder why I feel like grabbing a mug of tea?! :)

Annu said...

Nice cup cake mansi.....

Divya Vikram said...

looks too inviting..Am trying these soon..

Suganya said...

Powdered sugar dusting instead of frosting cuts down so much calories. Thanks for the idea, Mansi.

Manasi said...

Awesome! Loved the little cup cakes with that dot of jam!! Perfect with tea / coffee!

sowmya said...

lovely cakes..they look very tempting.

Bhawana said...

Mansi, your cooking is really very good. I like to come here again n again.. Keep it up.

Rosie said...

I love tea parties serving fancy sandwiches and cake :)

Your vanilla tea cupcakes look stunning and perfect to be served at any tea party!

Rosie x

abhijeet said...

yummy and yummy and yummy thanks mansi

SMN said...

They luk so divine..

Aparna said...

These look beautiful. And I have to agree, I find frosting cupcakes just makes them to sweet. And I can hear my daughter disagreeing very loudly here.:)

Priya said...

The combo sounds really good, especially the extra jam on top! I am surely going to try them Mansi :)

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Lovely teacakes Mansi ..also the paneer was mouthwatering!!

giz said...

How cute are these!!!

Red Chillies said...

Just 2 Tbsp of butter in this? That is so amazing and this is so my kind of cake. Thanks for the recipe MAnsi.

Sangeeth said...

mansi, Your recipe is awesome. I have linked your recipe in my blog. cupcakes rulez.

Sandeepa said...

These cupcakes look so cute.

Loved the mango dressing for the tikkas in the prev post

Archy said...

Mouth watering pics Mansi !! Lovely snack !!

Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet said...

These look great. Who doesnt love cupcakes, and that little dab of jam really gives them character. Great submission to the tea party!

tigerfish said...

Nice pairing with tea :)