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Sunday, October 2, 2011

mangia mondays 30: chai cupcakes

howdy, folks!
welcome to the 30th edition of


a blog hop that lovely
lisa from shine your light
& i have been co-hosting for the past thirty weeks!
can you believe it?!

this week, i'm sharing

chai cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting



for cupcakes:
3 chai-spice tea bags
2/3 C boiling water
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C honey
4 TBS unsalted butter, melted
1/4 C buttermilk
1 lg egg, at room temperature

1. position a rack in the middle of the oven & preheat to 350 f. line or grease a standard muffin pan.

2. in a small bowl, steep the tea bags in the boiling water for 5 minutes. discard the tea bags & let the tea cool to room temperature.

3. in a bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, & salt. in a large bowl, combine the honey, melted butter, buttermilk, & egg. add the flour mixture &, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until just combined, about 2 minutes. add the cooled tea & beat until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

4. divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

5. let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack & let cool completely, about 1 hour.

for frosting:
12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
6 TBS unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 C confectioners' sugar, sifted
{i used more sugar because i wanted a stiffer frosting}

1. in a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese, butter, & vanilla together until light & fluffy, about 2 minutes. gradually beat in the sugar & mix until thoroughly combined; scraped down the sides of the bowl as needed.


i had a whole lot of fun making beautiful fondant flowers to decorate with!
i made close to 200... i have a problem!

would you guys like a basic fondant tutorial?
let me know!

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9 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I shared my videos for making grain-free DF roll out cookie dough and coconut whipped cream as well as the 5 reasons fro my upcoming 28 day grain-free challenge!

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  2. Love these cupcakes! Your flowers on top are gorgeous!

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  3. Kristin, Thanks for hosting. Those cupcakes look amazing!

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  4. Not only do your cupcakes sound incredibly yummy, but that look gorgeous!!

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  5. Thank you for hosting! This week I have shared the following seasonal farm-to-table recipes that promote the benefits of good health through nutrition from eating fresh unprocessed seasonal produce:

    corn relish salad
    http://theintentionalminimalist.blogspot.com/2011/10/corn-relish-salad.html

    brazil nut pesto cream & heirloom tomato alfredo
    http://theintentionalminimalist.blogspot.com/2011/09/brazil-nut-pesto-cream-heirloom-tomato.html

    arugula salad with brazil nut pesto cream dressing
    http://theintentionalminimalist.blogspot.com/2011/09/arugula-salad-with-brazil-nut-pesto.html

    Happy cooking!
    The Intentional Minimalist

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  6. hi Kristin, thank you for hosting! :)

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  7. those cupcakes look gorgeous!!!!

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  8. thanks for hosting! I would LOVE a tutorial on how you get your flowers so gorgeous! the colorings are amazing! :-)

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