What would you say to a great chai latte on a crisp fall day? I’ve been preparing such cozy bakes with the weather cooling down, that I’m in a chai everything mood! I’m also basically constantly cold, so a warm sweater and fuzzy socks are even more toasty when paired with a sweet treat full of warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg…bliss.
Before we get started, can we just take a second to pick a bone with people who say “chai tea”? By definition, “chai” means “tea”. So essentially, you’re saying “tea tea”. That which by any other name would smell as delicious, these fluffy and adorable cupcakes are made with infused milk, and those warm fall spices that make us all want to stay in bed juuuuust a little longer, ideally with a great book. Paired with spiced buttercream, a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for crunch and a little décor, your chai latte in cupcakes are ready for sweater weather!
Star anise and cinnamon sticks
In a small saucepan, warm the milk until hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Leave to infuse 10-15 minutes. Squeeze tea bags well, discard, and set infused milk aside.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Sift together all the dry ingredients: flour, spices, salt, baking powder, baking soda. Cream together the butter and golden yellow sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients, careful not to overmix. Add 90 ml of the chai infused milk, and the ½ cup chopped pecans. Pipe batter into prepared and lined cupcake pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 1 min, then gently remove cupcakes to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
Place all buttercream ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix together well, until sugar is dissolved and frosting is light, fluffy and voluminous. Pipe onto cupcakes using your desired piping tip (I used Wilton 1M).
Place demerara sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Rub together using your fingertips. Sprinkle onto frosted cupcakes and top with star anise and half a cinnamon stick (optional).
I'm Alina and I love making fabulous desserts. My goal is to teach you how to make delicious desserts from scratch to impress your guests, friends, and family!
Baking with Alina