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How To Bake Chai Cupcakes

Tomorrow marks the arrival of Autumn which is my absolute favorite time of the year! Needless to say, there will be a liberal use of exclamation marks in this post. Autumn means warm and spicy liquids, toppling over with mounds of whipped cream, flushed cheeks, fuzzy mittens, and a dazzling array of bold foliage on display. One of my favorite Autumn-y beverages is a steaming swirl of spicy Chai in frothy milk so I figured why not make it into a cupcake to celebrate the arrival of Autumn?–yaaaaay!!!
Ingredients
  Cake flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), unbleached
  Baking soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cardamom powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground ginger 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1 Pinch (or 1 grind)
  Granulated sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Brown sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Butter 2 Tablespoon, softened
  Apple sauce/Yoghurt 2 Tablespoon (Optional)
  Eggs 1 (at room temperature)
  Buttermilk 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), warm
  Tea bags 3 (chai tea bags)
  Apple cider vinegar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
For topping
  Pumpkin spice/Cinnamom 1 Teaspoon (Optional)
  Cream cheese frosting 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a cup, steep the tea bags for at least 5 minutes in the warm buttermilk.
2. Add in all the spices and set aside.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
4. In a bowl, sift the cake flour, soda, baking powder and salt.

MAKING
5. In another bowl, cream together the granulated and brown sugar with butter using an electric beater.
6. Slowly stream in the egg and beat to mix.
7. Spoon in apple sauce or yogurt if using and mix.
8. Stream in the buttermilk mixture, add apple cider vinegar and beat well.
9. Add the dry ingredients little at a time, beat well after each addition, taking care not to over mix.
10. In a cupcake tray lined with cupcake liner, pour the batter and bake in the oven for 17-22 minutes for standard size cupcakes.
11. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

SERVING
12. Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and dust with Pumpkin Spice or Cinnamon, if desired.
13. Serve right away.

TIPS
You can omit the Apple Sauce and use 1/4 c soft Butter instead.
You can also top with Buttercream instead of the cream cheese frosting.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Fusion
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Ingredient: 
Tea
Interest: 
Party
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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