Project 2019 – “Flavonoid February”: Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes

What is “Flavonoid February”?

Flavonoids are a type of metabolite with a polyphenolic structure that have anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory characteristics. They are abundantly found in plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetable, and tea. This recipe features earl grey black tea. I chose this because, well, it tastes good but also because a research study found that regular consumption may help reduce blood pressure and therefore help positively impact cardiovascular health.

(Sources: Journal of Nutritional Science // PLOS One)

Disclaimer: It is important to note that each human’s lifestyle varies, and many variables (e.g. genetics, environmental factors, socioeconomic status, etc.) must be accounted for. It is best to consume in moderation, and consulting a nutritionist or registered dietician is recommended when trying to find a diet catered to one’s personal lifestyle.

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Ingredients

Vegan Earl Grey Cupcake Batter

  • 4 earl grey tea bags
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 “eggs” (mix 2 tbsp of chia seeds with 6 tbsp of water)
  • 2/3 cup plant-based milk (I used vanilla soy milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/3 cup (3 oz) (vegan) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla soy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Preparing the Batter

First, make the “eggs” by mixing the chia seeds and water. Let it set for five minutes. While waiting, tear open two tea bags, and let the contents steep in a bowl containing the soy milk. Then add the rest of the wet ingredients. Cut open the rest of the tea bags, and mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in increments, then place in a baking pan with cupcake liners. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the center has risen. Check with a toothpick to ensure the cupcakes are fully cooked.

Making the Frosting

Allow the cream cheese to warm to room temperature. In a bowl, add all the ingredients, and mix until a homogeneous consistency is reached.

Decorating

Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, use a closed-start piping nozzle and the designated plastic bag to decorate the top of the cupcake. Use the ends of the bags for decoration if desired!

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