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Chai Latte Cupcakes December 19, 2008

Filed under: Cakes — obsidian @ 1:52 am
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1 cup soy or rice milk (or cows milk if you prefer)
4 black teabags or 2 tablespoons loose black tea
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup plain or vanilla soy yoghurt
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or one vanilla bean)
1-1/3 cups Plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
pinch of ground black pepper

1). In a saucepan, heat the milk until just before boiling. Add the teabags and spices (including the split vanilla bean if using this), cover and remove from heat. Allow to stand for 10 minutes, then give the milk a stir and remove the teabags, squeezing them to remove as much tea flavour as possible. (and remove and scrape the vanilla bean)

2). Combine the sugar, vanilla, oil, yoghurt and spiced milk until mixture is smooth. Add the sifted flours, baking soda & powder and salt, mixing well.

3). Spoon mixture into baking cases and bake at 190C for around 20 minutes, or until cakes are cooked (skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean). Allow to cool before icing.

The original recipe calls for the following ingredients to be mixed together and sprinkled on top of the cakes (or the sugar on first, then mix the rest and sprinkle that on):
1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tb cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg or ground mace

But personally I’d go a spiced cream cheese frosting…. something along the lines of:
100g softened butter
100g softened cream cheese
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence (or 1 vanilla bean)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cardamon


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