These. Were. Delicious.
The cupcakes themselves were buttery and moist with a subtle and warming chai flavor. When topped with a rich and chocolatey frosting, they were elevated to the next level. Chai and chocolate are actually a wonderful combination. They complement each other beautifully.
I made them for a birthday and they were so rich, it was a perfect substitute for the traditional birthday cake. Cupcakes actually save a lot of trouble – no trying to get the cake out of the pan, no messy slices and frosting is much easier! And everything tastes better in mini form hehe!
The cupcakes are quite simple to make but the best part is the frosting. IT’S 2 INGREDIENTS. JUST TWO! And it’s so delicious, I bet once you make it once you’ll have to make it again!
So I hope you make these cupcakes because they are absolutely fantastic.
If you don’t have chai powder, here’s an easy recipe to make your own at home.
Chai Cupcakes (makes 10)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1.5 cup plain/all purpose flour
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 – 1 tablespoon chai spice mix (depending on the strength of your chai powder)
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, chai powder and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy with a hand mixer or by hand. I suggest using a mixer for the entire recipe, it makes your life much easier.
- Add in the egg and vanilla and continue mixing.
- Add in the flour and milk alternately in batches and continue beating as you do so.
- The batter should be a cream color and about the consistency of thick frosting.
- Fill cupcake liner 2/3 way and bake for around 25 minutes until the tops of the cupcakes are a light caramel color and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool before frosting.
- After frosting feel free to add sprinkles or chopped nuts.
Milk Chocolate frosting
- Melt 75g chopped milk chocolate in a microwave or on the stove.
- Cream together with 1/2 cup butter.
- Aaaaand you’re done! 🙂