Tea & Cupcakes

It's no secret that I'm a fan of cupcakes and I've also blogged about my love for whole leaf tea, so when I met Ebony at Layers Cupcakes I asked her if she could make a green tea cupcake for me. She said she'd work on it. A few months later she partnered with Naja Tea to come up with five tea-infused cupcakes. I actually liked all of them, but below I've put them in order of preference:

Sassafras tea infused French Vanilla Cupcake filled with wild yam mousse. Frosted Cinnamon Swiss Meringue Buttercream and finished with dramatic explosions of torched cinnamon Meringue. Who knew yam would be good in a cupcake? But it is and tasted just like pumpkin pie.

Crimson Berry
Crimson Berry infused rasberry/strawberry cupcake filled with a four berry mousse. Frosted with Blueberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream and topped with a simple quartet of fresh berries. This was wonderfully colorful, sweet and moist. I also could taste the roobios tea in this cupcake.

A Green Tea infused cupcake filled with fresh papaya mousse. Frosted with Pineapple Swiss Meringue Buttercream and topped with dried pineapple and papaya. This one is very tropical and summery.

This citrus tangerine cupcake is filled with tangerine creme. Frosted with Tangerine Swiss Meringue Buttercream and topped with tangerine zest and a candied tangerine slice.

Mix and Mingle
Mix and Mingle tea (vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate roobios tea) infused coconut cupcake filled with Coconut and Chocolate creme. Frosted with Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream and topped with toasted shaved coconut and chocolate powder. Great coconut flavor. If you could smell this loose leaf tea, you'd recognize instantly how dead on the flavor of these cupcakes are.

I especially liked the moist mousse and pudding inside and the overall light and fluffy textures of each cupcake, after all, I hate a dry cupcake. They also smell amazingly fruity.

Layers Cupcakes is a cupcake catering and delivery service, but they also make appearances at Thursday's Farmers Market on 7th and Fig in Downtown LA at the Naja Tea Booth and Saturdays at Americana at the Glendale Tealandia Booth. Coming up in one month's time they will also be in South Pasadena, Brentwood and Larchmont Village.


  1. I heart tea, so I really want to try these cupcakes. Can't wait til they come to South Pasadena!

  2. Tara! I'm glad you enjoyed the cupcakes....we have to have a cupcake/tea meet up

  3. Yum, I love the "Mix and Mingle" What's better than Black Tea with toasted coconut and chocolate?

  4. This post made my mouth water before 10am. Mmmmmm.

  5. Ebony hooked me up with some of the Mix and Mingle and the Sassafras to taste and blog about with my book club friends. Yum!