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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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  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!

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

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

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

  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

    brazil nut pesto cream & heirloom tomato alfredo

    arugula salad with brazil nut pesto cream dressing

    Happy cooking!
    The Intentional Minimalist

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

  7. those cupcakes look gorgeous!!!!

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