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Rooibos tea cupcakes

Posted in Baking, Cakes, South African food with tags , , , , , , , , on 17/05/2011 by libbyplummer

Rooibos cupcakes 2We all like a decent brew, but PG Tips cupcakes didn’t sound particularly exotic, so I decided to make some Rooibos tea cupcakes instead. Rooibos is a type of tea that only grows in South Africa. It’s pronounced ‘roy-bosh’ (although I believe this varies slightly between dialects) and is Afrikaans for ‘red bush’. As the name suggests, it’s a reddish-brown in colour and has a slightly nutty taste. You can drink it with milk (if you’re a pleb), but it’s much more commonly drunk without. It’s available in most supermarkets nowadays, but I usually get mine from the The Savannah – a London-based South African food shop that also sells online.

Rooibos teabags
For the ingrediants lineup, I used the Earl Grey tea cupcake recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery‘s Cake Days book (substituting Rooibos for the Earl Grey, obviously).

Rooibos cupcakes
I used Dr Oetker Polka Dots for decoration, painstakingly removing the orange ones to leave just red, blue, yellow and green. This wasn’t some sort of OCD-related cry for help or merely down to the fact that I had a hour to kill before the FA cup final kicked off. It was actually so that the decorations would match the South African flag (along with the white icing and black cases). Worth the effort? I reckon so.

South African flag