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Chai Cupcakes

Chai CupcakesTomorrow 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
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  • 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.

*you can omit the Apple Sauce and use ¼ c soft Butter instead. Also, it’s best to grind your own, whole spices in a spice grinder (it makes for a beautifully spiced cake).

You can top with Buttercream, or my favorite thing to top everything with!  Cream Cheese Frosting.

Dust with Pumpkin Spice or Cinnamon, take a HUGE bite!! (or 3, 6, 12…) and you’re ringing in Autumn the right way, I assure you ;)

Love & Warm & Spicy Kisses,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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