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    Tea and cake anyone??

    Ok, time to start experimenting with different flavours in my cupcakes...

    A friend, Madeleine gave me the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for my birthday this year and I have decided to use their vanilla cupcake recipe as my base.  I'm going to add different flavous to the basic mix, to see what works and what really should be left alone.  I thought i'd start off with some Chai latte cupcakes! I was going to try and infuse tea leaves in my milk, but then came across some chai latte syrup at the supermarket, and thought i'd try that and basically see what happened!

    I made a cinnamon buttercream icing to finish off.

    Well, I thought I would not simply pipe the standard swirl on top, but try out a different tip in my piping bag. Different it was!! Still not sure if I like it, but not too bad. I will have to try something different again next time.

    The most important thing was the taste test....and ..delicious!!
    It's nice to have something else to cook and offer others, rather than just the standard vanilla, chocolate and banana cupcakes.

    chai latte cupcakes

    120g plain flour
    140g castor sugar
    1 1/2 tesp baking powder
    pinch salt
    40g butter
    120ml milk
    1 egg
    1/4 tesp vanilla essence
    3 tesp chai latte essence

    Pre heat oven to 160 deg cel
    Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in mixer with paddle attachment and beat on a slow speed till you get a sandy texture. 
    Gradually pour in half the milk and beat till the milk is just incorporated.
    Whisk egg, vanilla, chai essence and remaining milk together, then pour into the flour mix and continue beating till just incorporated. 
    Continue mixing for a couple more minutes. Do not overmix.
    Spoon into paper cases and bake for around 20 min or so, depending on your oven.
    Leave to cool fully before icing.
    # The recipe on the book says serves 12, however I think 11 is better.


    Cinnamon Frosting

    250g icing sugar
    80g unsalted butter, room temperature
    25ml milk
    cinnamon to taste

    Beat the icing sugar together on med-slow speed till the mix comes together.
    Turn the machine to slow, and add the milk slowly. Add cinnamon.
    once the milk is incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed, and beat untill frosting is light and fluffy, 
    at least 5 minutes.


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