Chai Cupcakes

12 Servings
Prep: 25 min.
Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups cake flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup 2% milk

FROSTING:
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
Ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and pepper; set aside.
    In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and 1-1/2 teaspoons spice mixture. Gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 24-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and remaining spice mixture until smooth. Add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Pipe frosting over cupcakes; sprinkle with cinnamon. Yield: 1 dozen
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