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Let's talk tea. I've always been a big tea drinker. In the summer I enjoy an iced cold glass of black tea while in the winter I love drinking a mug of hot flavored tea. There are so many different flavors out there that it's hard to choose just one!
As a child whenever I was having a bad day or I didn't feel well or I got a bad grade on a test I knew that my dad would be there to make me a cup of "Daddy's Special Tea." No matter how bad my mood was I always felt better after my first sip. It's basically a cup of flavored Bigelow hot tea with honey and lemon but there's a lot of love in there too. In fact, my husband and I still make each other "Daddy's Special Tea" when we are having a bad day.
Since I like to drink a variety of flavors I usually buy Bigelow Tea. Bigelow Tea has a huge variety of flavored teas. I like that each tea bag is wrapped in a foil wrapper to ensure freshness. It's also nice because I can put multiple flavors in my tea canister and I always know which tea bag is which because there is a label on each foil package. Why else do I like Bigelow Tea? It has quality ingredients and is manufactured in the United States so you can "Tea Proudly" with each cup.
Did you know that tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world? Only water beats it! Plus 82% of Americans drink tea and it's because an American tradition! So more and more Americans are choosing to "Tea Proudly" by sharing a cup with friends or family and making it a social event as well as a way to warm up and soothe the soul.
So I've told you that I enjoy a cup of tea when I'm feeling down but that isn't the only time I like one. I often enjoy a cup of hot tea with a sweet treat in the afternoon. It's a great way to give myself a few minutes of peace while enjoying a snack and warming up my body. If it's warm enough I like to sit out on our sun porch, soak up the rays, and have a few minutes alone. Of course if my husbands home he likes to join me and we have a nice chat over a cup of tea and some sweets.
Bigelow Tea isn't just for drinking. I like infusing it into my sweet treats as well. One of my favorite sweets are cupcakes. I really like these Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting. I am able to get all the ingredients I need for them at my local Walmart store. The milk for the cupcakes is infused with Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea. It gives the cupcake a subtle flavors of spices and vanilla. Then I infuse the milk for the frosting with Bigelow Constant Comment tea. This gives the frosting a hint of orange and spices which works really well with the sweetness.
The cupcakes are fairly firm which I think goes well with a cup of hot tea. The frosting is piled high on top and the entire cupcake is sweet and delicious. My husband likes to enjoy his with a cup of Bigelow Green Tea while I like to have a cup of Constant Comment. I feel like the Constant Comment brings out the orange notes in the frosting.
So give it a try and make your own Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting infused with Bigelow Tea and Tea Proudlytoday! Plus, check out the #TeaPourdly Bigelow Sweepstakes for a chance to in the Ultimate Relaxation Getaway and Bigelow Tea for a year!
- 1¼ c. flour
- 1½ t. baking powder
- ½ t. salt
- 1 stick butter, softened
- ¾ c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- ⅓ c. milk
- 1 Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea Bag
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 4 c. powdered sugar
- ¼ c. milk
- 1 Bigelow Constant Comment Tea Bag
- 1 t. vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners and set aside.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar. Mix well until smooth.
- Add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until combined. Stir in the vanilla.
- Place the milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and add the Vanilla Chai tea bag. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Mixture will be thick.
- Add in the milk and stir until a smooth batter forms.
- Divide the batter between the cupcake liners filling each about ⅔ of the way full.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Place the butter in a large bowl. Beat it with a mixer until smooth. Add in 2 cups of the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
- Place the milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 40 seconds. Add in the Constant Comment tea bag and steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bag and add the milk and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix until smooth.
- Add in the remaining powdered sugar a half cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Pipe the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and enjoy with a mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea.
How do you Tea Proudly?