This happened: Boba Milk Tea Tres Leches Cupcakes!!

Hey loves!! I’m super stoked to share this recipe with you! In a stroke of culinary, cultural inspiration I came up with the idea to put milk tea into cupcakes! Bonus, we top it with boba, too! Check it out:

datcupcakeface^^Click photo to watch!

Before the recipe, I just wanted to share a concept I’ve been thinking of lately, a “Tiffany Epiphany,” if you will. With Valentine’s Day coming up, it can be so easy to focus all your energy outside yourself, decorating your offices and homes with red and pink hearts, prepping greeting cards, making sweets for your sweetheart, wondering how to find a sweetheart, etc.

And I’ll tell you from experience, putting love out there can be very tiresome, especially when it comes with the obligation of a holiday or pressures that can come with relationship expectations. On the flipside, giving love can be one of the happiest feelings ever!

Check it: If you don’t emit a warm glow when you’re giving love this Valentine’s day, you might be doing it wrong. But the great thing is, giving love in a positive way starts with you.

I’ve realized that when your heart and mind work in sync, when you’re living with intention toward your true purpose, these two parts of your body synergize. The radiance you create when your thoughts, feelings, and actions align exudes ever so brightly.


But when we’re not living with intention, when we’re selling ourselves short of our values and desires, we can sometimes trudge mindlessly through the motions of the daily grind; the energy shooting between your heart and mind get stuck as darkness in the space between, turning into stress, tiredness, negativity, and sometimes bitterness. I really think that’s how we get those back and neck pains in our stress muscles.

Thankfully, living with intention is like a constant self-massage, rejuvenating and renewing your body and spirit. So I hope that you can take some time this Valentine’s Day to give yourself a little love and feel-good, too.

Oh and maybe you can make some cupcakes!!

Recipe: Boba Milk Tea Tres Leches Cupcakes!
(Cake recipe adapted from Marcela Valladolid)


Cupcake Batter:
–  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon baking powder
– 4 large eggs, separated
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 1/2 cup whole milk

Tres Leches Liquid:
– 1 can of condensed milk
– ½ cup milk or heavy cream
– 2 cups of milk tea (Each regular size is about 1.5 cups, a large would be about 2 cups. If you have extra, drink it! :P)

– Whipped Cream: You can use Cool Whip, or make your own!
– Boba (tapioca pearls): You can either ask for a cup on the side, or just get the drink with boba and strain it out yourself. Make sure to rinse it off! If you have to keep it overnight, keep it covered in  water; the next day, rinse it again and add warm water and it should soften up again!

– Cupcake tins (12 cupcakes each, you’ll make around 36, so 2-3 batches. If you run out of batter, put water in the empty spaces when you bake!)
– Hand or standing mixer, or a whisk if you’re a trooper
– Mixing bowls and small ladling spoons.
– ~ 3 dozen **aluminum**  cupcake liners (and 3 dozen colorful ones if you feel like being cute)
– Colorful straws (you can get this from your tea shop)

Batter up! (See video for this part if you’ve never done this before. I got you, boo!)
– Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
– Separate eggs!
– Beat egg whites in clean, large mixing bowl until frothy
– Add sugar gradually and beat until peaks form when you pull the mixer (or whisk) away
– Beat in the yolks one at a time, mixing well before adding the next
– Visually separate the flour into three portions, and the milk into two portions. Keeping these portions in mind, alternate flour, milk, flour, milk, flour! Woo! Batter’s done, son.
– Using a spoon, ladle batter into aluminum cupcake liners and fill up to the ½ point only!
– Bake for ~18 minutes, or until toothpick/bbq stick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.

Meanwhile, let’s mix the Tres Leches!
– Whisk together the three milks! (If you are doing multiple flavors, separate the can of condensed milk into two liquid containers. Then add ¼ cup of milk to each one. Lastly, add 1 cup of milk tea to each!)

Putting it all together!
– Once the cupcakes are out of the oven, carefully transfer them to a tray or on some plates.
– Immediately, poke a bunch of holes in each cupcakes – this is where the Tres Leches will go! Be careful not to poke any holes through the cupcake wrappers
– Pour the Tres Leches mixture into each cupcake, 1 tablespoon at a time. You should be able to get about 3 tbsps of Tres Leches Milk Tea goodness in each one!
– Leave in the fridge in a sealed container (Tupperware, or pan with foil/plastic wrap on top) for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

– Dollop some whip cream on top.
– Carefully add 3-5 pieces of boba on top
– Add a trimmed, colorful straw for a nice accent! You can be extra cute and stick on some paper to spell out a greeting. 🙂

I hope you enjoy making this cupcake recipe! Let me know if you do @DiningAtTiffs #DiningAtTiffs. Show me the love!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Oh if for some reason you want to give me a present, I’d love your email address! You can sign up here for the free Dining At Tiffany’s Newsletter.

Thanks and have a great at time!

With love,

Tiffany R.

Dining At Tiffany’s


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