Chocolate Chai Tea Cupcakes with Pumpkin Frosting

Friday, March 25, 2011

Woah! That was a mouthful wasnt it! Now, I know these cupcakes sound different, and maybe even crazy to you, but food should be interesting and daring. Once I made these, everyone agreed that they hit the spot. The Chocolate cupcakes are so moist and the pumpkin buttercream is creamy and adds such a nice contrast to the spices in the cupcakes. When I thought of these, I saw that I had every ingredient except for the chai tea and cupcake liners. These are thrifty cupcakes!! So be bold and daring and try em out. They'll leave you wanting more!

Chocolate Chai Tea Cupcakes(makes 12 cupcakes)

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk(if you have none, 1/2 cup milk,1tbl. vinegar or lemon juice)
1/2 cup vegetable oil( I used grapeseed oil)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup water
2 chai tea bags
2oz.(2squares) bittersweet chocolate
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1/4 tsp. ground ginger

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

In a saucepan over high heat, add water and tea bags.

Once tea begins to boil, reduce heat to a simmer and add in the bittersweet chocolate.

Be sure to stir often until chocolate is completely melted. Remove tea bags and turn off heat.

After it should look something like this

In a bowl add in the rest of the ingredients. Add in the chocolate chai tea mixture and Stir well.

Line cupcake tin with liners and spray with non stick cooking spray. Fill each liner with 1/4-1/3 cup of batter depending how big you want your cupcakes.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, then allow to cool.

Pumpkin Buttercream

1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
3 cups confectioners sugar(SIFTED)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Using a mixer with a whisk attachment, beat butter and pumpkin on medium high..


Sift in confectioners sugar and salt and blend until smooth.

Stir In Vanilla

Using a piping bag or ziploc, use a large round piping tip or simply cut an edge off of the ziploc and pipe with frosting.



Jordan said...

I just saw a similar recipe online somewhere in the last week but my memory fails me. I am curious if you could just sub the water for the chai tea that is already prepared and used to make iced chais?

Jordan said...

p.s. they look freaking amazing.

Jenna said...

I'm popping over from FTLOB and these cupcakes looks soooo good, and surprisingly I think I have all the ingredients at home already - I may just have to bake some this weekend :)

Love the blog!


Katherina said...

This looks sooo delicious! I'm glad I found your blog (I'm popping over from FTLOB). I usually don't bake sweet treats cause I know I'd eat them all without mercy. But this recipe is for my next get together with friends or family!

A multi-dimensional life said...

These look and sound wonderful! I love the sound of that frosting! I can't wait to make these! xo

TriGirl said...

Stopping by from FTLOB--Wow! I am bookmarking this page (and following). I have a potluck coming up at work and these will be just perfect! Unique taste, doesn't sound overly sweet...Awesome!

Jewels For Hope said...

Oh my THOSE LOOK AMAZINGGG!!!!!! Yum! I may try these cupcakes out- hopefully they'll look as good as yours :)

Stopping by from FTLOB :)

TriGirl said...

Hi again Emily and Jacqui'! I just wanted to tell you that i'm giving you the Stylish Blogger award! Come on by to grab it :)

thefancyflea said...

What an interesting mix of flavours! They look delicious!

Thanks for posting the recipe, i can't wait to try them :)

the Atomic Chic said...

AMAZING! I totally can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing! xoxo

TriGirl said...

I had to come back to tell you that I MADE THESE tonight for a potluck at work! I made mini cupcakes and skipped the icing because about half the ladies are on weight watchers. No matter...they are DELICIOUS!! So moist, flavourful, and with a bit of a kick. (I wasn't sure if you meant *cayenne* red pepper but that's what i had so that's what they got!) I'm thinking of adding a very light dusting of icing sugar in a pattern on the tops for decoration, but they are divine on their own. Thanks for sharing the recipe!! Oh, and super-easy to make!

Jacqui' said...

Yay!!! So happy you tried and enjoyed them!! woot woot. Yea, that frosting and weight watchers, doesnt match.hahahahah

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