Friday, August 9, 2013

Chai Tea Cupcakes

I freaked out when I tasted these cupcakes! They taste just like a Chai Tea Latte topped with whipped cream. I was not expecting them to taste so on the money but WOW! Warm and sweet with just the right amount of spice, these babies are a delight.  


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
4 eggs
1 cup whole milk
5 Chai spice tea bags
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tub fluffy vanilla frosting
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
 pinch of nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat milk on the stove unit simmering. Take off stove and steep 3 Chai tea bags for about 20 minutes. 
3. Cut open remaining two Chai tea bags and grind until fine. 
4. Sift flour, sugar, ground Chai tea, baking powder, and salt into your electric mixer. Cut up your butter and mix into flour until it is mostly combined. 
5. In another bowl squeeze Chai tea bags that have been steeping into your milk and discard. Add the milk, eggs, and vanilla together and lightly beat. 
6. Slowly pour your milk mixture into the flour and mix until just combined. Do not over mix!
7. Bake for about 20 minutes.
8. Meanwhile make your frosting: I took the easy route and just grabbed some fluffy vanilla frosting pre-made from the store (I know, tisk tisk... If you feel that you MUST make your own frosting go for it!) Scoop frosting into a bowl and add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Mix together.
9. After your cupcakes have completely cooled frost them, sprinkle a little ground cinnamon on top and add a cinnamon stick to garnish.  : )