Thursday, December 6, 2012

Chai Cupcakes

For anyone who loves chai, cinnamon, pumpkin spice... these cupcakes are heavenly!

I was seriously skeptical when I noticed that the cake recipe was vegan but I must admit it is actually one of the tastier cakes I have ever made. I did replace the soy milk with whole milk since we do not consume soy products but I am guessing the end product would be similarly yummy!

Adapted from The Culinary Enthusiast and Love and Olive Oil, makes 36 mini cupcakes or 12 regular


1 cup soy milk or whole milk
4 black tea bags
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan or microwave until almost boiling. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Allow to steep for 10 minutes before removing the teabags.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Pour in the milk mixture, as well as the oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix until combined and any large lumps have disappeared.

Fill cupcake liners to 2/3 full and bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until just starting to turn golden. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

To make the butter cream, using a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, beat the butter until it is creamy. Mix in the vanilla and spices. Beat in the powdered sugar half a cup at a time. Whip until fluffy. If the butter cream is too thick add 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk until the desired consistency is reached.

Using a closed star tip, pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Garnish with extra cinnamon if desired.


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