#59 Chai Tea Cupcakes

I hope everyone has been enjoying this lovely holiday season. I've been working on a lot of different projects and have finally gotten a chance to whip up a batch of cupcakes. Now I tried out a different chai cupcake recipe before but this one really has a good spicey chai flavor to it. I'm thinking my favorite flavor by Stash did the trick. You'll have to try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

Chai Tea Cupcakes (courtesy of Baking Confessions)

The Goods
1 3/4 cups cake flour sifted
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour sifted
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 /4 teaspoon salt
4 Chai spice tea bags
1 cup butter, room temp. chopped into little pieces
4 lg eggs room temp.
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

The How To
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small sauce pan bring the milk to simmer. Steep 3 Chai tea bags in milk 10-15 minutes.
Once tea has steeped, squeeze milk from tea bags and discard bags.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs, tea-steeped milk, and vanilla then set aside.

Cut open remaining tea bag and grind until fine.I used my rolling pin.

In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, sift together, flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and ground Chai tea; mix to combine.

 Add butter and mix until coated with flour.

 Mixing at medium speed, slowly add in the wet ingredients. Beat the batter until ingredients are thoroughly combined, being careful to not over beat.

Fill each cup about two-thirds full.  Bake for 18-20mins rotating halfway through the bake time. Cool on wire rack and lightly dust the tops with cinnamon.

Creamy Vanilla Bean Frosting
If you don't have a vanilla bean handy then substitute with another 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

The Goods
16oz cream cheese at room temp
1 stick of butter at room temp
6-7 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean pod sliced down the center

The How To
Cream together butter and cream cheese until well combined on medium speed.

Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add confectioners' sugar until thoroughly incorporated and smooth. Add the extract and scrapped vanilla bean paste.

Now frost away!!!!

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