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Make Way For Cupcakes, Bigelow Tea-Style!

Did you know that the term cupcake refers to “any small cake that is about the size of a teacup,” according to the Internet? No? It also means THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD. Yummmm! Reason #1 to make a batch today? (Um. Do you need a reason? Because cupcakes!) Well, it’s National Cupcake Day, so it’s only fitting to enjoy one (or a dozen… whatever) with a cup of Bigelow Tea. And, guess what, there are even a few recipes here to get you started. Or, make your own, tag #TeaProudly and make the world drool.

But, first, how about some random nuggets of history on the cupcake? Did you know that cupcakes were mentioned as far back as 1796 in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons? However, the earliest documentation of the term “cupcake” appeared in a cookbook in 1828. Someone was definitely on to something, because today, cupcakes are trendy with a capital “T.” While a standard cupcake recipe uses the same basic ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs and flour—easy enough!), these days you can find unique cupcakeries and bakeries across the globe. There are countless flavors, designs and ingredients to choose from. Check it out and see for yourself!

Tea and Banana Bread Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

2 ½ cups of all purpose flour

1 tsp of baking soda

½ tsp of baking powder

pinch of salt

2 very rip bananas (mashed)

1 tsp of vanilla

1 stick of softened butter

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs

½ cup of Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea

½ tsp of nutmeg

½ tsp of cinnamon

¼ cup of half and half OR milk

Banana Buttercream

2 bananas mashed

3½ cups of powdered sugar

2 sticks of butter

Sugar Decorations

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of water

½ tsp of cream of tarter (stabilizes)

Instructions

Cupcake Instructions

Mix all the dry ingredients together. This includes the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add the softened butter, vanilla and eggs and stir. Add the mashed bananas. Next add the Bigelow Tea. And then add the half and half. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Frosting Instructions

First whip the two sticks of softened butter. It’s best to let the butter come up to room temperature slowly, try to avoid microwaving them to soften them. Add the mashed bananas…try and find very ripe bananas. Add the powdered sugar little by little. If you need it to be stiffer, just add more sugar, if it’s too stiff, then add a tablespoon of milk.

Sugar Decorations

Okay these are SOOO EASY. Add all the ingredients into a pot and turn on medium high heat. You’ll need a candy thermometer and watch it closely. Stir constantly and after about 15 minutes it should be around 340F. Once it reaches around 320, be careful! Sugar can burn quickly! Once it reaches 340F, get some parchment paper, spray it with non-stick spray and pour the caramel sugar mixture onto it. Immediately the mixture starts to cool. Tip: slide a bendable cutting board under it and slowly form a log. Once the caramel is cool enough (2-5 minutes), slowly snip off pieces with scissors and form different creations. Just be careful because the sugar is still hot.

Pumpkin “Constant Comment” Cupcakes

Ingredients

Bigelow Constant Comment tea bags steeped in ½ cup boiling water

½ cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

4 eggs

1 can (15 ounces) of pumpkin puree

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup vegetable oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Steep tea and set aside to cool (be sure to squeeze tea bags to get all the liquid). Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs, one by one. Once eggs are combined, add the can of pumpkin. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. To the tea that has been steeped, add enough vegetable oil to reach the ¾ cup mark on measuring cup. Alternate mixing the wets and dries to the pumpkin mix until combined. Scoop mixture into cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean.

London Fog Cupcakes

Ingredients

1/2 cup milk

3 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

1 vanilla bean

1 cup flour

1/4 cup & 2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

4 tbsp butter

2 tbsp vegetable oil

3 cup powdered sugar

1 cup butter

Earl Grey tea bag

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp Earl Grey tea

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the milk, egg whites, vanilla, and the scraped insides of the vanilla bean.

In a larger bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

On low speed, add the butter and oil and mix until you have a crumb texture. On medium speed, add the milk mixture and mix for two minutes until light and fluffy. Scoop the mixture in to a muffin tin and fill each cup 3/4 of the way.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

While the cupcakes are baking, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the Earl Grey tea bag and steep over low heat for five minutes.

Put the butter in the fridge for 20 minutes. When the butter has solidified, take it back out and mix it together on medium speed with the powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add the Earl Grey tea a little bit at a time until you have the consistency you like.

When the cupcakes are cool, frost them!

Lavender Honey Earl Grey Cupcakes

(pictured at top)

Ingredients

Cupcake Ingredients:

2/3 cup whole milk

4 Bigelow Earl Grey teabags

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp dried lavender

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lavender paste or extract (optional)

2 eggs at room temperature

Honey and dried lavender to garnish (optional)

Frosting Ingredients:

8 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup honey

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

Warm 2/3 cup whole milk in the microwave, then let 4 Bigelow Earl Grey teabags steep in the milk for about 10 minutes. The milk will eventually resemble a caramel color. When the tea is done steeping, carefully squeeze the teabags to wring out milk. Before disposing of the teabags, snip off the Earl Grey tags if you wish to use them to decorate your finished cupcakes. Allow the milk to cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, dried lavender, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, honey, vanilla, and lavender paste using an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add eggs one at a time, beating until well incorporated. Finally, mix in the Earl Grey-infused milk.

Add flour mixture in small batches, beating on low speed until the batter is just combined.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, and spoon batter into each cup until three-fourths full. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely.

To make frosting, beat cream cheese, honey, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. In half-cup batches, slowly add the heavy cream, beating until each addition forms stiff peaks. This frosting recipe makes a pretty big batch. I don’t mind because it’s my favorite frosting recipe (so light, and not overly sweet) and I like to pile my cupcakes high with frosting. But if you have leftovers, know that it refrigerates well.

Pipe frosting onto cupcakes however you wish. I like to use a star tip to create a “nest” on top of the cupcake. Just before serving, I garnish with dried lavender and carefully pour a dollop of honey into the center of the nest. If you saved your Bigelow Earl Grey tags, tape them to toothpicks and use them to decorate a few of your cupcakes.

3 Comfy-Cozy Bigelow Tea Drink Recipes

It’s finally fall (yay!) AND International Stress Awareness Day – two reasons that make it the perfect time to sip all kinds of warm, yummy, comforting drinks. From aromatic pumpkin spice to brand-new caramel apple flavor, Bigelow Tea’s special seasonal tea blends are great for relaxing and enjoying the sweet and savory flavors of fall – guilt-free!

Whether you’re just kicking back and taking in the vibrant hues of autumn leaves or inviting some friends over for pumpkin pie (ooooh so good!), tasty Bigelow teas are amazing when incorporated into these fall-inspired drink recipes! (Wow!) As sunny autumn days fade into dark cool nights, try your hand at these comfy-cozy concoctions and tag #TeaProudly to let us know what you think!

Spicy Apple Chai

A beverage with comforting flavor of cinnamon and apples using Bigelow Spiced Chai tea.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250mL) boiling water
  • 3 Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea Bags
  • ½ cup (125mL) apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) whipping cream, optional
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

Pour boiling water over Bigelow Spiced Chai tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out excess tea. Add apple cider and tea; heat in microwave or in small saucepan. When heated, add sugar and top with whipping cream, if desired. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Maple Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

Bigelow Vanilla Chai is my favorite but I did find a way to make it even better!

Recipe and photo submitted by Building Our Story

Serves 1

Ingredients

Instructions

Place Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bag into large cup or mug. Heat almond milk until steaming – do not boil.  You can do this on the stove or in the microwave. Pour steaming milk over tea bag and let steep for at least 5 minutes. 

Maple Chamomile Tea Latte

For those tea lovers that cannot have caffeine it is important to have some Bigelow Cozy Chamomile on hand. I enjoyed the maple flavor in the chai tea latte I created that I decided that maple syrup would be perfect with my chamomile tea as well.

Recipe and photo submitted by Building Our Story

Serves 1

Ingredients

Instructions

Place Bigelow Cozy Chamomile tea bag into large cup or mug. Heat almond milk until steaming – do not boil.  You can do this on the stove or in the microwave. Pour steaming milk over tea bag and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and stir in maple syrup. Sprinkle latte with ground cinnamon and sea salt.  Serve immediately – nice and hot!

Bigelow Tea Is Sweet On Caramel

Hey, tea lovers, let’s talk caramel. This decadent flavor is exactly what you need in your life—especially today, given it is National Caramel Day. Thank goodness, Bigelow Tea has got you covered. Each of our caramel teas have *real* pieces of caramel in the tea bag. Yes, you heard that correctly… little nuggets of bliss that make each flavor—Vanilla CaramelCaramel Chai and Salted Caramel—a heckuva lot yummier. All are a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a lot creamy and butter-y rich and totally ahhh-mazing.

Besides delicious, what exactly is caramel? And why on earth do we all love it so much!? From sauces to wrapped treats, caramel is a versatile piece of sweetness. While its exact history is unknown, it is documented that around 1650, American settlers were making hard candies in kettles. Between this time and the early 1880s, candy makers began to add fat and milk while boiling sugar and water, creating what is now known as ooey-gooey caramel. Caramel candy’s popularity increased greatly when Milton S. Hershey opened Lancaster Caramel Company in 1886. Soon after, caramel candies were being shipped across the United States and to Europe.

Jump ahead to today and check out how Bigelow Tea rocks caramel: Salted Caramel is an all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and caramel with just a hint of salt; Caramel Chai Black Tea is made with spices, natural caramel chai flavor and molasses crystals; and Vanilla Caramel is smooth and sweet, thanks to the rich caramel and creamy vanilla ingredients. Pick a flavor, add a splash of cream and a hint of sweetener and you’ll have the perfect bit of awesomeness in your mug of tea!

Have you tried one of the Bigelow caramel teas yet? Tag #TeaProudly with a picture of your fave!

Which Foodie Profile Are You? One or All 3, We Have The Perfect Bigelow Tea Recipe For You!

bigelow tea mug recipe

Every day is filled with any number of busy moments that call for a bite to eat whether you are hanging on the coach or jamming away during a workout class. No matter what foodie style you are (and btw, which are you? One or all??), you might just be in need of sustenance inspiration so STOP before grabbing that candy bar—Bigelow Tea is here to the rescue! Check out these easy-to-make go-to’s that will rock your day (and don’t worry, if you fall under foodie style “the soulful cyclist” but can’t resist this amazing bread pudding recipe the “book-loving homebody” will be into, go for it…..there are no rules!!)

Are You The Book-loving Homebody?

Is your ideal afternoon spent curled up on the couch with a novel, a steaming mug, and a comforting treat? Then this super yummy dessert is perfect for feeling cozy inside and out. Put down the book for a minute to bake this awesome bread pudding!

Sautéed Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Brioche Bread Pudding with Vanilla Chai Sauce

Bread pudding

Ingredients

Bread Pudding:

  • 1 brioche loaf, cubed, about one pound
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup dried apple, diced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea bags
  • 4 eggs

Vanilla Chai Sauce:

Instructions

Cube bread and let dry over night or in low oven (200 degrees) till crisp, but not brown.
Heat milk and steep cinnamon stick tea for about ten minutes.
Remove tea bags and add sugar and melted butter.
Crack eggs into separate bowl and add 1 cup warm milk mixture to eggs and stir. Add egg and milk mixture to milk and sugar and stir to completely incorporate.
Toss bread with apple and pour in egg and milk mixture.
Allow bread to absorb milk mixture for thirty minutes or overnight.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until center springs back when touched.
Let cool completely and slice into one inch slices.

Bring cream to simmer and add vanilla chai tea bags and let steep ten minutes.
Remove tea bags and add sugar, egg and starch mixture and bring to a simmer and cook till thick.
Remove from heat and cool.

Preheat thick bottom sauté pan and melt butter.
Lightly dredge bread pudding slice in flour and place in hot butter and sauté till brown.

Turn over and cook other side till brown and immediately serve on warm plate with vanilla chai sauce.

Are You The Soulful Cyclist?

After an intense spin on the bike to popping beats, it’s time to fuel up with something fast, filling and chock-full of healthful ingredients. Whip up this sweet smoothie and make it a new post-spin class must-have.

Blueberry Green Tea Protein Smoothie

bigelow tea blueberry smoothie recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups iced Bigelow Green Tea
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder

Instructions

Combine all in a blender, and pulse until smooth. Pour into glasses, and enjoy!

Are You The Mom Making a Mad-Morning Dash?

The kids are dragging as they get dressed, you’re late to work, and the dog still needs a walk- what can fill everybody’s bellies fast? Be prepared for early morning crazy by keeping this tasty banana bread on hand – grab a slice and get going without giving up the day’s most important meal!

Vanilla Chai Banana Bread

bigelow tea banana bread recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 mashed ripe banana
  • ⅓ cup fat free greek yogurt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bag(s)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add banana to stand mixer and beat until mashed. Add yogurt, butter, vanilla extract and eggs to stand mixer bowl and beat on medium speed just until blended. Add sugars and beat on medium just until blended.

In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and contents of tea bag together. Add to banana mixture ½ cup at a time and beat just until blended.

Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with butter. Pour batter into pan and bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely before serving.

And hey, we want to hear from you!!  From what you love to do with your day to your favorite recipes, tag all with #TeaProudly so we can learn from you.  Mug for mug and day by day, we are in this together!  Cheers!!