Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting

These Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes are moist, fluffy and infused with finely ground black tea leaves, then topped with an all natural dairy free lavender frosting.

a vegan earl grey cupcake on a marble surface

Yesterday marked another revolution around the sun for me, and while I didn’t have a big celebratory blowout, I did blow out a candle and enjoy these beautiful vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting.

a vegan earl grey cupcake on a white plate

Don’t they look heavenly? These cupcakes already have a calming aspect to them, with their tea infused batter and naturally colored and flavored lavender frosting. But they also contain another calming agent, Zadaka Calm Blend CBD tincture. I’ve partnered with them to bring you this recipe today.

a bottle of zadaka hemp cbd calm blend

What is CBD and why do people use it?

According to

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are unique to cannabis. CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis is famous for.

Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes. But unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel “stoned” or intoxicated. That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body.

unbaked vegan earl grey cupcake batter in a muffin tin

Many people are seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects – medicine more in synch with natural processes. By tapping into how we function biologically on a deep level, CBD can provide relief for chronic painanxietyinflammationdepression and many other conditions.”

dried lavender in a bowl and a muddler

I’ve been using CBD products in a variety of ways since the beginning of this year as a means to help alleviate my anxiety. The fact that CBD is naturally derived appealed to me more than the idea of taking a chemical substance like anti-anxiety medication. My favorite way to ingest CBD is through an oil-based tincture and I especially like using it in recipes because I find it more enjoyable than simply placing a dropper of oil underneath my tongue.

unfrosted vegan earl grey cupcakes in a muffin tin

Zadaka Calm Blend is a tincture that works great for what I’m personally looking to get out of CBD use. Not only does it contain hemp flower derived terpenes and cannabinoids such as cbg, cbn, cbc, and cbd, but it also contains a special blend of herbs and adaptogens that work in harmony to promote a sense of calm and encourage better sleep.

Other ingredients in this tincture include chamomile, ashwagandha, lavender, lemon balm, vanilla bean and passion flower, plus coconut derived MCT oil for for rapid absorption and increased bioavailability. Plus it has a wonderful aroma and flavor! Everything Zadaka makes is is 100% organic and sustainably sourced and I love their component of giving back- they plant 10 trees for every bottle purchased!

a bottle of zadaka hemp cbd calm blend

Tips for baking with CBD

Baking with CBD is easy! I’ll simply add a dropper or two (in this case one dropper=33.3 mg) to the wet ingredients of the batter or dough and proceed with the recipe as usual. The right dosage amount can be different for everyone, so I recommend experimenting if you’re new to CBD. Start out with a lighter dose and increase from there.

When it comes to baking, the boiling point of CBD oil can be anywhere from 320- 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Baking CBD at temperatures above this for prolonged periods could cause the CBD added to your recipe to evaporate, essentially making your CBD baked goods lose their potency. So I’ll reduce the baking temperature to 300 degrees and bake for a few minutes longer to prevent the CBD from being rendered less effective.

a vegan earl grey cupcake on a marble surface

How to make these vegan earl grey cupcakes

For these vegan earl grey cupcakes, you will first mix your wet and dry ingredients together separately. Finely crushed earl grey loose tea is added to the dry ingredients. I used a wooden muddler to grind down the tea into a finer texture, but you could also use a spice mill or mortar and pestle.

The Calm CBD tincture is mixed into the wet ingredients, and then the dry ingredients are sifted into the wet ingredients and mixed until just combined.

Next fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full and bake at 300 degrees for about 24-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

a vegan earl grey cupcake on a white plate

For the lavender frosting, I used Miyokos coconut butter, powdered sugar and dried lavender buds that have been pulsed into a fine powder with a little bit of granulated sugar in a blender or food processor. The lavender color is derived from blueberry juice!

Make sure to use organic sugar to keep this recipe vegan. Certified U.S. Department of Agriculture organic sugar cannot be filtered through bone char, so filtered/non-organic sugar that has been bleached is not always vegan. Coconut sugar or beet sugar is vegan friendly, so that’s another option.

vegan earl grey cupcakes on a marble surface

Thanks to Zadaka for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. Head to their website for lots of helpful information about CBD and to learn more about their products!

a vegan earl grey cupcake on a white plate

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a vegan earl grey cupcake on a white plate
5 from 4 votes

Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting

These Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes are moist, fluffy and infused with finely ground black tea leaves, then topped with an all natural dairy free lavender frosting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword baked, dessert, earl grey cupcakes, vegan cupcakes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Servings 12
Author Denisse


For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 droppers Zadaka calm blend
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp Earl Grey tea leaves finely ground

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender
  • 2 tablespoons organic granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons blueberry juice


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a standard muffin holder with 12 paper liners.
  2. Add non-dairy milk and vinegar to a large mixing bowl and set aside for a few minutes to curdle, then add oil, Zadaka Calm Blend CBD tincture and vanilla. Whisk to combine, then add sugar and whisk again.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and Earl Grey tea leaves.
  4. Sift over wet ingredients and use a whisk or hand mixer to blend until well incorporated and no large lumps remain. The texture should be somewhere between thick and thin, pourable but not scoop-able.
  5. Divide batter evenly among cupcake holders, filling about 3/4 of the way up.
  6. Bake on a center rack for 24-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  7. Let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  8. Meanwhile, make the lavender frosting. In a food processor combine the dried lavender buds with the granulated sugar. Pulse until a fine powder is formed. Set aside.
  9. Place softened vegan butter and vanilla in the bowl of stand mixer. With the whisk attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add blueberry juice and the lavender sugar mixture. Add powdered sugar gradually, continuing to mix until combined. You want this frosting to be very thick so it will hold its shape once on the cupcakes. If it gets too thin, thicken with more powdered sugar.
  10. Frost the cooled cupcakes with the lavender frosting just before serving.

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  1. Deanne

    I love a good cuppa Earl Grey tea so I can’t wait to make these cupcakes, especially with the lavender frosting – yum!!

  2. Anita

    OMG, these are too pretty! Earl Grey is my favorite tea, and I can’t wait to make these cupcakes. Hopefully mine will turn out as pretty as yours. 🙂

    1. Denisse Post author

      I haven’t tried to make this as a cake so I do not know what the correct measurements would be.


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