Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Blackberry Filling…

by Anne on August 24, 2010

and you think you are in spice-berry heaven, or in Marie Antoinette’s society!

You need a break? You need something that completely blows away your daily routine?
I sometimes feel like drinking a chai tea when I feel the need to space out and relax and treat my soul with something warm, spicy, sweet and silky…
I found a recipe for Vanilla Chai Cupcakes the other day online and what made me want to try that recipe was, that it describes how to make your own Chai Spice Mix. Wonderfull!!! I knew which ingredients were in there, but I never dared to mix it myself by guessing the right combination of them. And after trying these delicious cupcakes, I can only say it was the first and the right one.

I added a Blackberry filling just by sticking the hole raw fruit in the middle of the dough filled form before baking, and that also turned out really well. Since they weren’t too ripe, it gives the center of the cupcakes a nice berry, little sour fruity note, which is very refreshing.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoon (100 g) butter or lactose free margarine
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ quantity chai spice mix (recipe follows)
  • 1 ¼ cups (150 g) plain flour, sifted
  • ½ cup (120ml) buttermilk or soymilk
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp white vinegar

Chai Spice Mix

  • 1 ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Mix spices together in a small bowl.

Preheat the oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit (160 Celsius).

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and beat in one egg at a time. Stir in half the quantity of chai spice mix. Fold in the flour and buttermilk alternately and stir until combined, don’t over mix. Mix together the bicarb soda and vinegar and mix into the batter.

Spoon into prepared cupcake cases, if you want just put the fruit of your choice (I think even apple pieces would work) in the center of each cupcake, and bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I used my Vanilla Butter Cream recipe , you can find here , and added the other half of the chai spice mix to it.

Pipe the butter cream on the cooled cupcakes and decorate by your choice.

This is real love….

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