taken from Martha Steart's Cupcakes
¾ cup milk
2 bags black tea (ex: Ceylon) I bought the wrong kind of tea (see picture below) so I used a Chai Tea bag.
1 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour)
1 cup cake flour (not self-raising), sifted
1 ½ cup tsp baking powder
½ tsp coarse salt
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cardamom
pinch of ground cloves
- Cream butter and dark-brown sugar until pale and fluffy.
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4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temp.
½ cup plus 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (7oz)
pinch of coarse salt
¾ cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
With a mixer on med-high whisk together butter condensed milk and salt until smooth. Whisk in sugar ¼ cup at a time, until combined, then whisk on high until thick and smooth. Use Immediately!!
I chose to use a milk glaze instead. It's 1 1/2 cups confectionor's sugar (icing sugar) and 3 tablespoons of milk. Really this desicion was made for me as I couldn't find condensed milk. I was looking for a certain brand/type of container and I just didn't see it. After going online it turns out that there is no brand name of condensed milk (in the UK please correct me if the internet has lied) but a lot of the local super markets have their own brand of condensed milk. Who knew? But the glaze works well too!