Monday, November 11, 2013

Chai Latte Cupcakes - from Kiwicakes test kitchen

Today's assignment was to have a play with some new products and see what eventuated. We got these beautiful designer collection Isabel baking cups in recently and they were calling out to be used! In the same collection are China Plate, Pink Cameo and Delilah designs. 

Here are my finished products: cutesy little chai cupcakes. They are rich and mildly spiced, and adorned with wee fondant messages for impact. 

Chai Latte Cupcakes (makes 16 designer collection baking cup cupcakes or 12 regular)

Whip together til creamy:
- 125g softened butter
- 1/2c brown sugar
- 1t vanilla essence/extract/paste

Add in slowly:
- 2 eggs
- 1/2c milk/cream

Sieve over and incorporate:
- 1&1/2c flour
- 1&1/2t baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1/2t cinnamon
- 3T chai tea powder

Whip together until fluffy. Spoon into baking cups and bake at 175' for 15-20mins until golden brown and firm to the touch.

While your cupcakes are cooking there is sufficient time to prepare your message discs with the help of these three handy message plunger cutters. Just add a pinch of tylose to a small handful of coloured fondant and then roll out 3-4mm thick, cut and plunge. Set shapes aside to firm up slightly while you prepare your icing.

Chai Latte Frosting

2c icing sugar
1 stick crisco butter flavoured shortening (or 1 cup softened butter)
4T milk/water
1T chai tea powder
1t vanilla essence

Whip together until pale and fluffy.

Fill a piping bag with a 1M tip and pipe a spiral from the outside to the centre of each cupcake. Top with the message discs and enjoy!

Look how easily the chai cupcake pulls away from the designer baking cups. I love that they are self-standing and a no-mess baking solution. Here are the 3 disc plungers...

'Best Wishes' has so many uses - exam time, new baby, get-well-soon, housewarming...

'LOVE' - for your sweetheart, your children, wedding, engagement and valentines day.

And finally these 'thank you' toppers beautifully show your gratitude. You will make somebody's day by sharing the love with these yummy Chai Latte cupcakes. 

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