What You’ll Need:
1 cup of Sugar
1 Cup of All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup of Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder (Tip: I used dark chocolate powder because this was the cupcake I was going for, but you could use whatever you prefer. If you add a little bit over, no one will care, it’s chocolate!)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 Large Eggs
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup whole milk (Tip: I used 1 percent because it was what I had on hand, and this works just as well)
1/2 cup of hot coffee
A splash of whiskey
For the Frosting:
6 bags of Earl Grey Tea
1/2 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup + 2 tbs of Heavy Whipping Cream
5 oz Unsweetened Chocolate
8 tbs of Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup of Sugar
Let’s Get Baking:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
In a mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until completely combined.
In a separate bowl, combine the beaten egg, the vegetable oil, and milk stirring until mixed. I would also add the splash of whiskey with the wet ingredients.
With your mixer on a low setting, slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Once combined, slowly add the hot coffee and turn up the mixer to a medium setting. You are going to want to beat until the batter is smooth.
Once it is smooth, you can start filling your cupcake liners. Fill them up about 3/4 of the liner. This recipe makes about 12 cupcakes.
Put them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. (Tip: I only put my cupcakes in for twenty minutes before they were done. It depends on your oven. Put a toothpick in the middle of the cupcake. If it comes out clean with no batter on it, then it is done.)
Frosting: Dark Chocolate Earl Grey
Place the Earl Grey tea bags, the sweetened condensed milk, and the heavy cream into a small saucepan on a low setting. You want to make sure that the saucepan has a lid that tightly seals for later. (Tip: The sweetened condensed milk is a bit stick, so using a spoon to get what you need will help)
Then you turn the heat up until you bring the mixture to a simmer. Once it is simmering, take it off the heat and cover it tightly. Let the mixture steep for an hour. While this is happening, finely chop up your chocolate and slice your butter into cubes before setting that aside. (Tip: Make sure the bowl you are using is large enough because you will be pouring the other mixture into it)
Once the mixture has steeped for an hour, take the teabags out. Make sure as you do this to get as much liquid out as possible. Add the sugar to the mixture and bring it back to the stove. Stir the mixture a little before bringing it to a simmer.
Then take the mixture and pour it over the chocolate and butter. Let it sit for two minutes before whisking until it smooth. Wait until the chocolate has cooled to room temperature bring it back to the mixture and beat until light and fluffy. (Tip: Using the paddle attachment will bring you these results.)
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson:
For Sherlock and Watson, I choose to make a Dark Chocolate Earl Grey Cupcake. I chose dark chocolate for the cake because the first thing I thought of was the curls, and then the dark side that Sherlock believes is inside of him, as well as exudes sometimes. The darkness that shot a man at the end of series three. The earl grey was chosen because well tea and they never specify which kind of tea they were drinking (so I could take some liberties). Also the fact is that it pairs well with the chocolate frosting was a big plus. I added a bit of whiskey in there as well because in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock, he had many addictive qualities. He did drink, but there were many sources that stated different types. I choose whiskey because I know it pairs very well with chocolate and makes the cake very moist.
Originally, I was going to make two separate cupcakes, but making the duo worked better. The long wait until the Christmas special and series four birthed this cupcake. It is a slowly agonizing wait, I don’t know about you. You could say that this could be any Sherlock and Watson, but I modeled mine after BBC’s Sherlock. I hope if you do try to make these that they are just as delicious as mine were. I post a new cupcake every week so stay tuned for next Monday.