Today I have a fun cucpake recipe for Vanilla Chai Latte Cupcakes for you.
This whole recipe started as what I thought was going to be a guest post for another blog. The post was supposed to be to make something just for me. In honor of the fact that Mother’s Day is in May, The Shaffer Sisters is having a series of blog posts of Mom’s making things for themselves. When they asked me to guest post, it took me a while to decide what I would make. It was kind of hard to think of something that was just for me.
I then remembered that I had pinned a recipe for Chai cupcakes quite some time ago. I love Chai Tea lattes….yum! I did a little more research and recipe rabbit trail finding. I got back to the original source and decided this was going to be my project of something to make just for me. The original recipe was from The Novice Chef Blog for Vanilla Chai Cupcakes. I thought that no one else in my house liked Chai and Chai tea lattes.
The plan was, I would make the cupcakes, make myself a Chai tea latte and enjoy an afternoon reading a good book while enjoying a cupcake and latte. Sounds lovely, right The problem started as soon as I mixed up the chai spices. I knew I wasn’t going to like these cupcakes. They have a lot of cardamom. Cardamom is in chai lattes, but maybe not as much as in the recipe. I’m not sure what the difference is, but my cardamom smelled a bit flowery and soapy. It seemed to overwhelm the other flavors, at least in how it smelled. I decided to proceed anyway, thinking maybe by making a different frosting it would work out.
I made a super delicious vanilla buttercream frosting to go on top of the Vanilla Chai latte Mini cupcakes. It is sooo yummy! For me, it does help tame the flavors that are not as appealing to me in the cupcakes, but not enough to make it worth it to me. Boo! That is when I discovered that EVERYONE else in my family loves chai tea and thinks these cupcakes are the bomb! Umm…so I guess I created a delicous treat for my whole family but my mission to make something just for me ….failed miserably.
Apparently these cupcakes are super yummy, just not to me. I do think they are OK, but in terms of spending calories, I’m going to go for something I really love not something that I’m going to feel disappointed about later. I enjoyed my chai tea latte and the book was really good, so it wasn’t a total loss.
If you are like 3/4 of my family, you will love these mini cupcakes with their chai flavor and super yummy vanilla buttercream. If you are like me, when you smell the cardamom if you don’t like the scent…walk away and make something else(with my vanilla buttercream frosting…lol!).
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