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Vanilla Chai Cupcakes


This week my sweet tooth lingered for something sugary in cupcake form. I decided to hit up Google for an adaptable recipe for Chai Cupcakes as I'm an avid tea drinker and what better than combine the aromatic spices of Chai ingredients with vanilla into cupcakes for the festive season!

I'm a tad bit infatuated with the idea of Chai teas since I've only just really come across drinking it as a beverage not too long ago. It's origins hail from India and typically is served as a hot spiced up milk black tea. Most supermarkets including the bigger brands offer their own take of the Chai Masala variety being usually a creamy and somewhat warmth bringing drink for the body. 

My first batch includes a little bit of a cheat-sheet approach - decidedly I thought of doing a mixture from scratch sourcing the flours, sugar and butter for it all but when backwards and bought a pre-mix of a local Vanilla cupcake box from the supermarket. 

If you're more inclined to do the cupcake mix from scratch then perhaps adopt this recipe from Taste of Home. 

Adding a tablespoon of cinnamon, clove and ginger to the blending mixture had given me that all spice delciousness. But then the trick is to also add a pinch of white or finely ground black pepper to add that bit or zing to it's flavour palette. The cupcakes themselves on the first try were fantastic with a soft, somewhat moist density that went well with some freshly brewed tea. 

I was so chuffed with my Chai Cupcakes that I made another batch again soon after but this time they were miniature cupcakes with the same amount of mixture, just smaller moulds. They turned out to be great as little treats for when I visited relatives on Boxing Day.

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