Chai Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

I’ve been wanting to make cupcakes lately, but I’m a little sick of vanilla. Unsure of a good flavour to try, I’ve waited until inspiration has hit.

Of course, inspiration hits right when I should be writing school reports. Oh well, embrace the procrastibaking!

I used my usual vanilla cupcake recipe, and substituted the vanilla essence with a store bought chai tea mixture. (If you didn’t have this, you could make one up by combining cinnamon, cloves, cardamon and ginger. )

As for the frosting, I wanted something a little sweet, and this was definitely the solution! In fact, maybe a little too sweet… Wait, that’s not possible!

Cupcakes:
* Use any basic vanilla recipe
* Add 2-4 teaspoons of chai tea mixture, in place or as well as vanilla essence.

Frosting:
* 200g white chocolate
* 240g (at room temperature) butter
* 3 to 4 cups icing sugar
* Pinch of salt
* 1/4 cup thickened cream
* 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

  1. Melt the white chocolate, and set aside to cool.
  2. Place the butter into a mixer, and cream for 1 minute.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and half of the icing sugar. Cream for 2-3 minutes or until nice and fluffy.
  4. Pour in vanilla essence and cream and mix.
  5. Add melted chocolate back in. Mix on low speed.
  6. Whip together on a high speed for a further 3 minutes.
  7. If you would like to make it thicker, add the extra icing sugar, bit by bit until desired consistency is reached.
  8. Pipe onto cupcakes, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and add some cinnamon bark to decorate!
  9. Enjoy!

Wouldn’t these make the cutest little holiday cakes, along with a nice hot chai latte? Mmm… :) 
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