I was asked to make cupcakes for a party we attended last weekend. I wanted to create unique flavors without frightening the guests, so I choose to make chai latte cupcakes with Chai Spiced Frosting for one batch. They have a mild, but interesting spiced flavor.
My daughter walked in as I was baking and said, “Asking you to bring cupcakes is like asking Gandalf to bring fireworks”. I wasn't sure if that was a compliment so now my kids are making me watch LOTR again and have informed me that this time I must stay awake the whole time. I have no idea why, but for me LOTR is like a sleeping pill, only more effective.
To make Chai Cupcakes, replace the liquid in your favorite vanilla cake mix with double strength, unsweetened Chai Tea. Put 2 Chai Tea Bags in 1/2 cup of boiling water or milk, 4 Chai Tea Bags in a cup of water, etc. Use water for Chai Tea flavored cupcakes and use milk (or almond milk) for Chai Latte Cupcakes.
For the frosting, I didn't use tea. Instead, I just used some of the spices that are commonly found in chai tea.
Chai Frosting Recipe
- ¼ cup butter, softened (or dairy-free margarine)
- ¼ cup milk (or almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cardamon
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 4+ cups powdered sugar
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl until just mixed.
- Use a mixer and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Test the consistency and add either milk or sugar and blend again to achieve the desired consistency for spreading.
I used my Norpro Cupcake Decorating Set to top the cupcakes with frosting.