Pipe Dream #170: To Be Meant – Chai Tea Cakes

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I like to make things that people like to eat. OBV statement of the century, but seriously, I’m always looking to entice people with something that they would really like. So when people suggest recipes to me, I’m all about it. My dad has figured out that suggesting recipes to me is practically a love language, so I will get random texts at work from him, like, “Pls make this for me? I’ll get the ingreds 4 u if you want,” and then he’ll link to a blog.
But sometimes, he just thinks of ideas on his own, which was the case with these cakes. The text in this case said, “If u are looking for a recipe idea for this weekend, I would like some kind of little cakes infused with chai tea or at least chai spices with a vanilla glaze.” Which I interpreted as Chai Tea Cupcakes.
Funnily enough, that same week, I received a message from a long lost friend that she was coming home for Christmas and wanted to bake with me. She suggested Chai Tea Cake! So I figured it was meant to happen, had a couple of friends over for a baking party like in the old days, and we had a grand old time.
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The recipe I used was from the same book that this cake and this cake came from. It is a nice cake recipe, but if you make it, you might want to stick to layer cake form, as it was pretty delicate. This was especially bad because I didn’t line half of my muffin tins, because I am unindustrious and silly. I also overfilled the liners, and I knew it, so you see the picture above? Don’t do that when you make these.
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Everyone decorated their own, a delightful thing to do at baking parties. Bust out the sprinks.
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And the arils. Sew pritty.
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Perhaps the best part of all the mistakes I made in this recipe was that I knew about all of them as I was making them and didn’t care. I meant to make them, and these cupcakes were meant to be made. There is a lot of meant-ing going on in this paragraph. I’m going to sleep now.
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Chai Tea Cakes
2/3 cups of milk
3 chai tea bags, without added sweetener, such as Tazo
2 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 and 1/3 cups cake flour
1 cup sugar
2 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1.2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
In a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, heat the milk in the microwave until super hot. Add the tea bags, and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove the teabags and squeeze out the milk. Let the Chai milk cool completely.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and 1/3 cup of the Chai milk.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in the bowl of a mixer. Beat on low for 30 seconds. Add the butter and the remaining chai milk, on medium-low speed.
Raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg mixture in 3 additions on low, scraping dow. the bowl  between additions. Beat until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each about 2/3 full. Don’t overfill! You will probably have a bit of extra batter.
Bake the cakes for about 18 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost as desired.
Honey Vanilla Frosting
8 ounces butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
pinch salt
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk
Beat butter at high speed in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy, about five minutes. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, on low speed until blended. Add honey, vanilla, salt and milk. Beat on high speed for another 5 minutes, scraping down the bowl at the halfway point. If the frosting is too thick, add some more milk or honey.
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4 Responses to “Pipe Dream #170: To Be Meant – Chai Tea Cakes”


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