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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!!!

Chai Cupcakes
  • ½ c unbleached cake flour
  • ½ ts baking soda
  • ½ ts baking powder
  • ¼ ts fine salt
  • ½ ts ground cinnamon
  • ¼ ts ground cardamom
  • ¼ ts ground ginger
  • ¼ ts ground nutmeg
  • ¼ ts ground cloves
  • 1 grind of black pepper
  • ¼ c granulated sugar
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 2 tb softened butter
  • 2 tb apple sauce*
  • 1 room temperature egg
  • ¼ c warm buttermilk
  • 3 chai tea bags
  • ½ ts apple cider vinegar
  1. Sift all of your dry ingredients into your first bowl (excluding your spices).
  2. In a separate cup, steep your tea bags for at least 5 minutes. Scoot in all of your spices and let it sit.
  3. In your third bowl, cream together your sugars and butter. Slowly stream in your egg.
  4. Still working with your third bowl, spoon in your apple sauce (if you're using it) and also slip in your spiced tea mixture. Next, dribble in your apple cider vinegar.
  5. Lastly, you want to marry your first bowl with your third bowl--sprinkle in your dry mixture in about 3 separate additions, taking care not to over mix.
  6. Bake at 350 for 17-22 minutes for standard size cupcakes.
  7. Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.


Love & Warm & Spicy Kisses,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

5 thoughts on “Chai Cupcakes

  • Lisa says:

    How many cupcakes does this make? I just made the batter and it doesn’t look like it can even fill one 12 cavity cupcake pan unless I made it wrong.

    • The Squishy Monster says:

      Hi Lisa! In the video, I created minis and it produced about a dozen for me. For standards, it should fill about 4-6.

      • Lisa says:

        Oh, those are mini cupcakes? They look like regular sized ones. I made regular sized cupcakes and measured them perfectly with the Wilton cupcake measures and it made only four regular sized cupcakes. If I had made mini’s I’m sure I would have gotten the same amount as you.

        I prefer the regular sized cupcakes for this particular recipe so I’ll just make sure to double the recipe next time. Thanks for your help.

  • Lester says:

    So delicate, lovely and delicious looking! Thank you Angie!

  • G’day! Sounds and looks amazing Angela! YUM!
    Wish I could try one now!
    Cheers! Joanne

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