With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I wanted to bake something non-chocolate just to break up the monotony of chocolate everywhere (..Sigh). What to bake?
That was the question, everyone I asked, screamed for chocolate. Finally, Lucy (my laundry partner) said "I've seen chai tea in everything lately, what about that?" (...Hmm?) I've never had chai tea. So, that's where I left it for 2 days.
Then onTuesday, I went to the bank which is conveniently located next to a Starbucks, and ordered a tall chai latte. It was okay, nothing to get excited about. I was still left with the question of what to bake. (looming over me like a dark cloud, similar to Jose Turner begging for pecan brownies) On my way to school on Wednesday, I stopped by The Coffee Bean to get a cup of coffee, but noticed that they too; have chai latte.
I said what the heck and ordered a chai latte. WOW! What a difference between the two chai lattes. The one from Coffee Bean was rich and velvety with a hint of vanilla, as opposed to Starbucks, which was slightly on the bitter side. All through class I was thinking, this is going to make a great cupcake! I as soon as the clock hit 10:10pm, I was out of there! (sorry, Prof. Heibler) How to add chai tea to cake batter?
I don't know, I googled and googled until 4:30am and finally gave up. I was just about to fall asleep, when it came to me! What is chai tea?(googled and found a ton of recipes) Chai tea (from what I was able to gather) is black tea, heavy milk, spices (cardamom, ginger, cloves, fennel, & cinnamon) and a sweetener. I wanted to achieve the same taste and velvety texture of the chai latte from The Coffee Bean. Off to the kitchen I went (at 6:am)! I went through my binders of recipes and found a very simple yellow cake recipe (which I wrote down years ago) and that was my base for the recipe. So, here it is Chai Latte Cupcakes with a White Chocolate & Cream Cheese Icing.