Memories are made in a messy kitchen by: Shayla Anderson


Baking for others has always been something I really enjoy. But it wasn’t until I had a family of my own that dove deeper into. There is just something about creating a warm and delicious snack for my family that I love. Some days it might be surprising my littles with banana bread muffins before the school day and other days a simple box mix does the trick. Regardless they love it just the same. 

Cooking by myself is always faster but I love connecting with my two older girls and baking together while baby brother naps. Our baking time started when my second daughter was born. When she was napping my oldest and I baked a couple times a week. It is important to take that time to connect one on one and to be present. I have found in these past five years of motherhood, taking time to fully connect and to do a fun activity together makes the day shine brighter.

Today I am going to share with one of my favorite autumn treats, Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting by Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest. The smell coming from the oven will have everyone rushing to the kitchen. 


Cooking by myself is always faster but I love connecting with my two older girls and baking together while baby brother naps. Our baking time started when my second daughter was born. When she was napping my oldest and I baked a couple times a week. It is important to take that time to connect one on one and to be present. I have found in these past five years of motherhood, taking time to fully connect and to do a fun activity together makes the day shine brighter.


Today I am going to share with one of my favorite autumn treats, Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Latte Cupcakes with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting by Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest. The smell coming from the oven will have everyone rushing to the kitchen. 



Ingredients


Chai Spice:

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (melted butter or canola can be used)
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Brown Sugar Frosting:

  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions


1. To make the chai spice. In a shallow bowl, combine the cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, all-spice, cloves, and pepper. Divide the mix in half. Mix one half of the spice blend with the granulated sugar and set aside for topping the cupcakes. Reserve the remaining chai spice blend for the cupcake batter.


2. To make the cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 16 cupcake molds with paper liners.


3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand-held mixer) beat together the coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, and pumpkin until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and remaining chai spice. Mix until smooth and no lumps remain in the batter.


4. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pan. Transfer to the oven and bake 18-22 minutes, until the tops are just set, and no longer wiggly in the center. Remove and let cool.


5. To make the frosting, melt together 2 tablespoons butter, the cream, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute or until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Place the bowl in the freezer (or fridge for longer) for 15-20 minutes or until cool to touch.


6. Grab the cooled butter mixture from the freezer and add the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter, the vanilla, and the powdered sugar to the bowl. Beat together until well combined. 


7. Frost each cupcake and sprinkle with chai sugar. Add cinnamon sticks, if desired.




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