Monday, January 24, 2011

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chai Tea Latte Frosting

Cupcakes are definitely not an every day treat.
But sometimes such sweet dreams are allowed and sometimes one may need them….
So here is the recipe for the Vanilla Cupcakes with Chai Tea Latte frosting.
(the recipe is based on the wonderful recipes from the Hummingbird Bakery in London) 

What we need:
 For the Cupcakes:
1 egg
120 g self raising flour
140 g sugar
40 g  butter (at room temperature)
120 ml Milk
20 g chocolate chips
Vanilla extract (or  the scratched mark of 1/2 vanilla pod)
Some grease proof cupcake paper cases and a cupcake tray

For the Frosting:
250 g icing sugar
80 g butter (at room temperature)
25 ml Milk
1 ½ Teaspoon Chai Tea Latte powder
Food colouring powder (the choice of the colour is up to you…)

Doing the Cupcakes:

1. Preheat the oven to 1800 C

(I would not recommend to use convection..)
2. Mix the egg, a dash of vanilla extract and 60 ml of the milk in a small bowl with a fork.
3. In another bowl mix the flour with sugar and butter using an electric mixer. Go on with slow speed until everything is well combined (it turns to a sandy consistency). (if you go ahead with high speed your kitchen will turn into something like a snowscape…)
4. Now you first incorporate to this mixture 60 ml of the milk. In a second step you add the prepared egg-milk mixture. Now you can get on with higher mixing speed…At the end you should obtain a smooth and well combined mixture. Now add with a spoon the chocolate chips to this mixture.
5. Put the paper cupcake case into the cupcake tray and fill them with your dough.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 min.

Doing the Frosting:
1. Mix the icing sugar, the Chai Tea Latte powder. (normaly this powder is intended to obtain a delicious instant Chai Tea Latte Drink..) with the soft butter at low speed with the mixer. Don’t be afraid: at the beginning you want believe that this could become a smooth Frosting…..
3. Add the milk to the butter-sugar cream and gradually turn the mixer to high speed. If you want to give some colour to your frosting: now it is the moment to add the food colouring (the amount depends on the desired intensity). To get a fine Frosting one should beat these mixture for some minutes.

Finishing the Cupcakes:

The cupcakes should be completely cooled down.
With a knife or a kitchen spatula spoon the frosting on the cakes to create a “little mountain”.
Feel free to decorate each Cupcake with some sugar sprinkles, nuts or what ever…


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