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White Chocolate, Honey, and Chamomile Cupcakes

yield: 12 cupcakes


For the Chamomile Cake Base

    (makes 10 - 12 cupcakes)

    • 1/2 cup whole milk
    • 3 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers (I got mine from tea bags)
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • a "scant" 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1 egg, at room temperature

    For the White Chocolate and Honey Glaze

      (makes enough for 10 - 12 cupcakes)

      • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
      • 1 tablespoon honey
      • 5 tablespoons heavy cream
      • a pinch of kosher salt
      • 2 oz. white chocolate bar (or, half of a typical 4 oz. baking bar)


      For the Chamomile Cake Base

      • Put the 1/2 cup whole milk and 3 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers in a liquid measuring cup, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.
      • Preheat the oven to 325 (F) and prepare your cupcake pan with paper cupcake cases.
      • Put 1 cup flour, a scant 3/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 3 tablespoons unsalted butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
      • Strain the 1/2 cup of chamomile-infused milk for the cupcake (from the first step) and slowly pour into the mixture, beating well until all the ingredients are well mixed.
      • Add 1 egg and beat well, scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
      • Once all the ingredients have been incorporated, spoon the batter into your prepared cupcake pan until each paper cupcake case is about two-thirds full (if using a cookie dough scoop, each cupcake case should have about two tablespoons of batter) Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops of the cakes bounce back when touched. A skewer inserted in the center of the cupcakes should come out clean.
      • Let the cupcakes cool slightly in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

      For the White Chocolate and Honey Glaze

      • In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon honey, 5 tablespoons heavy cream, and a pinch of kosher salt together until smooth.
      • Use a cookie scoop to evenly distribute glaze amongst the cupcakes, using an offset icing spatula to smooth the glaze evenly across the cooled cupcakes.
      • Once the cupcakes have been frosted, use a cheese grater or a vegetable peeler to create white chocolate shavings over the cupcakes — do this immediately after frosting the cupcakes, otherwise the glaze will set and the white chocolate shavings will bounce right off the cupcakes.