Chai Cupcakes  

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My chai cake with icing sugar frosting

Chai is a spiced Indian tea made with frothy warm milk - almost like an Indian cappucino (no qualms about voting Chai as my favourite tea anyday, anytime. And yes, I make my own chai tea when the longing arises )! This cupcake capture its light, spicy flavour. Thinking of trying a cuppa before attempting the cake? Savour the Chai Latte from our all time favourite Starbucks, Coffee Bean and even Dome. Make a choice ? Definately Dome - rich, creamy milk which reminds me of the chai at a stall on the Nepalese mountain way from Kathmandu to Pokhara. That cuppa's milk was expressed from the cow next to the stall's owner and boiled to perfection.

For the cupcakes
. 2 cups self-rising flour
. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
. Pinch of salt
. 1 tbsp. chai tea powder
. 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) sweet butter, softened
. 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
. 2 egg whites
. 2/3 cup buttermilk

For the frosting

. 1 cup cream cheese
. 1 1/2 cups confectioner's (icing) sugar, sifted
. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
. 1 tsp. vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 175oC. Place 12 baking cups in a muffin pan.

2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and chai powder.
In a separate bowl beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg whites slowly, beating well. Slowly add the flour mixture, and finally the buttermilk.

3. Mix until combined. Spoon the batter into cups.

4. Bake for 20 mins. Remove pan from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then remove the cupcakes and cool on a rack.


1. Mix the cream cheese and confectioner's sugar together in a medium bowl and beat until soft and light.

2. Add the lemon and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

3. Spoon the frosting over the cupcakes.


. Store cake unfrosted in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

. Chai tea powder or tea bags can be bought at tea specialty shops or tea plantations. I bought both the Chai flavoured tea bags and Chai Masala powder (homemade) at the Cameron Valley Tea Plantation in Cameron Highlands. Feel like grinding your own? - the ingredients are cloves, cardamon and cinnamon.

. Where in the world to find sweet butter? I've yet to discover . When I find a pack, I'll blog about the venue. So far, I've been using whatever butter that is available at the nearest supermarket.

. Caution- chai tea is an acquired taste so unless you and those whom you'll like to eat the cake enjoy the flavour, it would be wise to forgo the chai powder ...

My children didn't take long to finish even the crumbs. I'm blessed.

Recipe from 500 Cupcakes by Fergal Connolly (MPH).

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What a lovely blog - I've just found you. And you've inspired me to try making chai too, thank you!

These sound really good and they look so pretty. :)

Thank you EB and Dragon.

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