One of our favorite drinks in the whole world is the chai latte. It packs enough pep to get you moving, with a creamy, spicy smoothness that’s absolutely refreshing. So when one of our coworkers was having a birthday, we of course noticed that is was the one thing she asks for every time the coffee run requests came around – so we surprised her with a whole batch of our own creation for her birthday! What could be better than getting that same treat in cupcake form! ‘Nothing,’ is what she said too!
- 1 and ⅓ cups of milk
- 6 chai tea bags, without added sweetner, such as Tazo
- 4 whole eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 2 and ¾ cups of cake flour
- 2 cups of sugar
- 4 and ½ teaspoons of baking powder
- ¾ teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 8 ounces of unsalted butter at room temp
Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F. Line the cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
In a small saucepan bring the milk to a simmer over low med-low heat. Add the tea bags, careful not to let the paper tag fall into the milk. Remove from heat and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags and squeeze out the milk. Let the chai milk cool completely.
In a medium bowl mix the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and ⅓ cup of the chai milk. Whisk together.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a mixer. Beat on low for 30 seconds. Add the butter and the remaining chai milk, on med-low speed.
Raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg mixture in three additions scraping the between additions. Divide the batter evenly among the pans.
Bake the cakes for 15-20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and let them cool completely.
- 2 and ½ cups of confectioners sugar
- 6 ounces of cream cheese at room temp
- 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temp.
- ½ cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse to blend together, then scrape the sides of the bowl and pulse until smooth.