Vanilla Chai Cupcakes – A delicious cupcake recipe that has beautifully soft hints of chai spices. Vegan and refined sugar free.
Cupcakes was the beginning of this obsession of mine. It was cupcakes that started it all. That made me escape into baking every time I was stressed or needed a break from life. It was cupcakes that made me develop a love for the this thing called baking. It was ALL cupcakes. And to cupcakes I am so grateful!
I had always been a bit of a baker, always helping my mom out in the kitchen while she quickly whipped together the chocolate cake which she had been making since she was a child. And it was amazing watching this sloppy chocolatey mixture turn into something else completely as it rose slowly in the oven. It was simply amazing! But it wasn’t until I started whipping up my own batch of cupcakes and seeing them turn into these soft, fluffy little balls of deliciousness that I realised it was the beginning of a new love.
It wasn’t long until I realised that I could change these beautiful fluffy vanilla cupcakes into anything I wanted to. I could turn plain cupcakes into wonderful creations that taste like fruits, chocolate, nuts or even Oreo’s. The possibilities were endless. My newest creation being these absolutely delicious Vanilla Chai Cupcakes.
I’ve always liked chai, but it wasn’t something I had often or even thought about. Until recently, when I discovered a old box of chai tea in the back of the cupboard. Chai is really delicious, especially during the winter months. There’s something sort of comforting about a nice milky warm cup of Chai Tea before bed.
So now I’m totally hooked, and chai is now my new favourite… everything (check out my Baked Chai Donut recipe). So as the natural order of things go, cupcakes is the first thing to be made with my new favourite flavour.
These cupcakes don’t have an overwhelming chai flavour. Rather they have the normal soft taste of vanilla with just a hint of chai spiciness. Which is really all that is needed to feel that cosy wintery feeling.
These cupcakes are also very straightforward to make. The normal vanilla recipe consists of simply throwing everything in your mixer and then baking them. So for the Vanilla Chai Cupcakes the only difference is that you have to boil the chai tea bags in the milk beforehand, which takes about 10min. The rest of the recipe is very simple and extremely quick. You can make them as usual or you can go for a sugar free and vegan route. I used xylitol as well as margarine(vegan) to make it just a tiny bit healthier, and they are still just as fluffy and delicious.
I love using this recipe for when I’m having last minute guests over or even when I’m simply craving something sweet, because you can make and bake them in under 30min and they are ALWAYS delicious.
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