At approximately 6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 22nd, exactly one boy entered my apartment.
There was eating, talking, laughing, kissing (unless you’re my mother and/or father, in which case. Definitely not, none, zero, I would NEVER.)
And exactly zero ran out screaming.
I’d call that a success.
Let’s rejoice eat cupcakes.
Cause if we’re being real, here. One of the major perks of dating is the post-date gossip session with the girls that inevitably ensues.
And if there’s anything I love more than a good gossip session with my ladies…
…it’s a good gossip session with my ladies that involves cupcakes.
You know you feel the same.
These cupcakes are actually ideal for such a get together. They taste like a warm cup of tea (and we all know gossip sessions necessitate tea!). But with frosting on top.
And not just any frosting. But my new favorite frosting.
With a hint of honey and a touch of salt, it has that sweet/slightly salty thing going on. Swoon.
I highly recommend you keep a bottle of dishwasher soap nearby while making it. Because when you have extra frosting sitting in a bowl on your counter…it’s gonna be important. Trust me.
The intriguing thing about these cupcakes is that they actually require you to tear open your tea bags and put actual tea leaves into the batter. We’re not just steeping milk and hoping the flavor comes through. No, no, no. We’re getting down and dirty with our bold, tea-loving selves.
While Joy originally called for chamomile, I opted to go with chai instead. (Because chamomile makes me nauseous.) And while the spices definitely came through, they weren’t overpowering and didn’t make you feel like you were eating a tea bag. Even though that’s essentially what you were doing. Times nine.
I have a feeling you could use just about any tea in these, so just choose the one you love. And get baking.
There’s lots of cupcake-eating gossiping to be done in this world, and we have not a moment to lose.