First up is a Black Forest cupcake. These cupcakes are very rich. I like a strong black tea with most sweet things and these are no exception. I like both Cinnamon Roll and Spicy Pear. Cinnamon Roll was an easy connection. The strong cinnamon flavor is a nice addition to sweet cherries and ganache (chocolate melted with heavy whipping cream). Of course Cinnamon Roll is good with a little splash of milk and there is just something good and American about milk and cupcakes. Spicy Pear was a surprise pairing to me. The subtle pear flavor is great with sweet desserts and oddly enough holds up to the sweet Black Forest cupcake with its rich chocolate cake and pastry cream filling. You can find the recipe at: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/black-forest-cupcakes.English Breakfast and Winter Wonderland. English Breakfast is a traditional black tea which seems fittingly paried with this traditional dessert. Winter Wonderland adds another layer of flavor. The spice of anis and the bright citrus addition is excellent with the sweet carrot flavor of the cupcake. In both cases if a little cream cheese frosting falls in your cup, do not panic...just sip slowly and enjoy! You can find the recipe at: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/carrot-cupcakes.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Amaretto-Pineapple Cupcake. In case you were not sold on the title alone let me clarify, this cupcake has amaretto, pineapple, and cupcake. Delicioius, and you get to set pineapples on fire. I like this with Margaret's Hope Darjeeling. I tried any number of flavored teas but found that the many strong flavors of the cupcake work best with a nice strong orthodox black tea. The recipe is not available on Martha's website. The exclusivity of the recipe makes me feel like a cupcake VIP.What are you baking and sipping?