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Chai Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream

Chai Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream

You may remember me mentioning back in late November that myself and my boyfriend were due to be moving into our first very own house before Christmas. Well, it got delayed so we spent in Christmas in our flat with a pile of boxes in the next room containing half of our belongings that we had already packed in preparation. To be fair, it was a lovely Christmas as the company and the food were amazing, which is all I needed. I am very excited however that the move is now finally going ahead in two weeks time! I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to blog before and after the move as it will be a very busy time, but I’ll certainly do my best. Hopefully these deliciously Chai Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream will keep you going for now!

Jump straight to the recipe!

I started by warming up the milk (I used almond milk), I took it off the heat and poured it into a mug. I added the chai spiced tea bags to it and left them to brew for around 10 minutes. Before removing them I squeezed them out as much as I could.

I poured the milk into a mixing bowl and added the eggs and whisked them in.

In another mixing bowl I creamed together the golden caster sugar and butter.

I poured in the milk and whisked it in. Then I added self raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ground cloves and mixed spice, and mixed it in.

I divided the mixture between 12 cupcake liners and baked them on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20-25 minutes until they were golden on top and a skewer came out clean. I let them cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the icing I mixed together butter, icing sugar, cinnamon, ground cloves, mixed spice and milk (I used almond milk).

Chai Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream

I used a piping bag with a Jem 1E tip to ice the cupcakes with the buttercream.

Chai Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream

These Chai Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream are packed with flavour from both the buttercream and the sponge. They are dark, spicy and deliciously warming which is very much needed this time of year. Pair one with a hot drink and you’ve got a match made in heaven!

    

I am linking this recipe up with Recipe Of The Week hosted by A Mummy Too, and with The No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary as I don’t actually drink tea, and I bought the tea bags to make a Chai & Ginger Cake before Christmas so I used more of them up in this recipe. And with Cook Blog Share hosted this month by Hijacked By Twins.

Chai Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream

Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 100 g Golden caster sugar
  • 300 g Butter
  • 150 ml Almond milk
  • 2 tbsp Almond milk
  • 4 Chai spiced tea bags
  • 2 Eggs
  • 250 g Self raising flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cloves
  • 400 g Icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Warm up the 150ml of milk until it is hot but not boiling, take it off the heat and pour it into a mug. Add the chai spiced tea bags and leave to brew for 10 minutes. Before removing them, squeeze them out as much as possible

  2. Pour the milk into a mixing bowl, add the eggs and whisk them in

  3. In another mixing bowl cream together the golden caster sugar and 100g of the butter

  4. Pour in the milk and egg mixture and whisk it in. Then add the self raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of the ground cloves and 1/2 tsp of the mixed spice, and mix together

  5. Divide the mixture between 12 cupcake liners in a muffin tin and bake them on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20-25 minutes until they are golden on top and a skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Let them cool completely on a wire rack

  6. Make the icing by mixing together 200g of the butter, the icing sugar, 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of the ground cloves and 1/4 tsp of the mixed spice. Once it comes together add the 2 tbsp milk

  7. Use a piping bag with a Jem 1E nozzle to pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes, or if you don’t have one smooth it on with a spoon.

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12 comments / Add your comment below

  1. You know I have to admit that I've never tried chai tea! I'm going to have to rectify that! These look so scrummy Kat especially with the pretty swirl of spiced buttercream! Hope the move goes well.
    Angela x

  2. This is such a great idea! I'm terrible for buying all sorts of boxes of tea and then not drinking them (I like what I like and there's a lot of tea I don't like!). I need to try this recipe as it sounds lovely! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge, and good luck with your house move!

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