3/4 cup milk
2 bags of black tea
1 cup flour
1 cup cake flour, sifted
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cardamom
Pinch of cloves
Pinch of nutmeg
4 tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with liners.
Bring milk to a simmer over medium heat, remove from heat, add tea bags and cover to steep for 15 minutes.
Whisk together all dry ingredients in a large bowl while milk steeps and cools.
Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, then add flour mixture in 3 batches while alternating with tea-infused milk.
Divide batter evenly into lined cups, filling each 3/4 full.
Bake, rotating tins halfway through until golden brown and spring back when touched; approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
To finish, dip top of cupcake in icing.
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
With an electric mixer, whisk butter and condensed milk and salt until smooth.
Add sugar and whisk until combined.