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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sweet Tea Cupcakes

Take the taste of sweet tea and enjoy it in cupcake form! Steep the flavor of summer into this fun dessert.

close up of a sweet tea cupcake with peach frosting, a paper straw and colored sugar sprinkles

       Sweet tea is a hot weather staple for a lot of folks, but now you don't have to have a glass and ice to enjoy it. Instead you can eat your tea in cupcake form! They are the perfect way to cap off a summer party and would be perfect for a BBQ!

         I'm going to let you in on a little insider knowledge about me. I don't like tea.

        I want to like tea. I've tried to like tea. I just don't like it.

        I enjoy the idea of cozying up with a mug of hot tea during the winter. I really would love to have an excuse to have a cute tea kettle that lives on the stove.

tea bags steeping in milk for making cupcakes

       I have bought several varieties of tea and it's just never as good as I hoped it would be. So I am stuck pining over tea kettles with no good reason to buy one.

        During the summer, it's basically the same story. I see folks with their glass of iced tea and wedge of lemon and think about how refreshing it looks.

       Then I take a sip and quickly realize I am more of a lemon water kind of girl. Oh well, I guess it's not meant to be.

      However, it turns out I do like tea in cupcake form! I am sure that doesn't come as much of a surprise to most of you.

sweet tea cake batter in cupcake tin ready to bake

       It turns out I can have my tea and eat it too. After all that's much better than drinking it.

       For these cupcakes I steeped plenty of tea into the batter.  It gave it the flavor and a nice tea color as well.

       I just used the standard ice tea blend I keep on hand for parties, but you could really use any tea you would like. I was really tempted to use some peach tea bags. Maybe next time!

       To top your cupcakes, you will want a fun frosting. For these I used peachy keen buttercream and I will share that recipe tomorrow.

tray of sweet tea cupcakes fresh from the oven

      They would also be fabulous with lemon sweetened condensed milk buttercream. That would give them more of a Tom Collins feel.

       Though they would be great year round, they remind me of ice tea and make me think of summer. They would be a fun addition to a potluck or summer BBQ.

More tea inspired treats:

Tips and tricks for sweet tea cupcakes:

  • This makes 12 large cupcakes with big domes. You could probably eek out 16-18 cupcakes if you don't fill the wrappers so full.
  • Use your favorite variety of tea and feel free to be creative with tea and frosting combinations.
  • Once you add your dry ingredients, mix until they are just incorporated. Overmixing can result in tough cupcakes.
  • I like to use a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to get the batter in the cupcake papers. It makes it easy to get even amounts without a huge mess.

      Have you ever tried baking with tea? What are your favorite recipes?

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Yield: 12 servings

Sweet Tea Cupcakes

Take the taste of sweet tea and enjoy it in cupcake form! Steep the flavor of summer into this fun dessert.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 25 M


  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 5 tea bags
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs


How to cook Sweet Tea Cupcakes

  1. Warm milk to just boiling, remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep for about 20 minutes. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350 and place 12 cupcake papers in a cupcake tin.
  3. Remove tea bags from warm milk.  Stir together milk, sour cream and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder and salt until lump free. 
  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar and oil until thick and pale yellow.
  6. Stir in half of the flour mixture, then the milk mixture. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients until just mixed.
  7. Scoop into cupcake papers and bake for 15-18 minutes. 
  8. Cool in cupcake tin for about 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting. 
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Take the taste of sweet tea and enjoy it in cupcake form! Steep the flavor of summer into this fun dessert.


  1. These look absolutely scrumptious! I too love Sweet tea and these are brilliant and creative and the frosting looks divine!

  2. Those cupcakes looks so good and I would love one right now Carlee. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. You are speaking my food language! LOVE this!!

  4. These sound so good; I just LOVE sweet tea and drink it year round. Pinned.

  5. Oh my goodness, these sound divine!

  6. I am so surprised that you don't like tea! But, at least you can eat your tea! These are simply "Carlee genius" and I will be baking some soon!

    1. I really want to like it! Thank you so much!

  7. These look like they belong at any good southern barbecue! They will be one of my features on Monday for the Summer Fun Link Party!

  8. If you wanted to use a different tea, say apple, would you still use the one tablespoon vanilla?

    1. I would! In fact I plan on giving that a try this weekend!

  9. Hi Do you have a frosting to go with the cupcake?

    1. I did a peachy keen buttercream with them. Though lemon sweetened condensed milk frosting would be lovely too!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!