Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

There is a certain somebody in my life who loves these. Seriously ladies - make these and be prepared to (in the moment that the other person is chewing) get in as many "asks" as you can. Need the dishes done? No problem. Need him/her to run to the store? Done and done. They are magic cupcakes.


They are also great for parties. I made these (initially) for a dear friend for her baby shower. They were a hit - the little cupcake toppers didn't hurt. I think this recipe has been posted by about 8000 food bloggers. Figured one more couldn't hurt!




Vanilla Chai Cupcakes


Ingredients


For the cupcakes:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
2 teaspoons chai spice mix (recipe below)
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


For the Chai Spice Mix:
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


For the frosting:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups confectioner's sugar
remainder of chai spice mix
1/2 tablespoon cold milk


Directions


For the cupcakes, this will yield 12. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.


Make the chai spice mix. Combine the ingredients in a plastic bag. Take two teaspoons out and mix with unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar.





It'll basically look like thick chai. Put in the oven and bake about 20 minutes.



For the frosting, mix the unsalted butter, vanilla, confectioner's sugar, milk, and the rest of the chai mix. Seriously - is this the easiest recipe ever? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely! And look how cute!!



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