Chai Cupcakes

Chai Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

Chai cupcakes are something that have been on my mind since I really started to get my groove on in the kitchen – especially since I have the essential oils needed to create that authentic Chai taste. I really don’t know how you would create the exact same taste without the oils, but you could perhaps try 1/2 tsp of each in the powder form. Or you could just get the oils, there’s a decision you won’t regret!

For the frosting:

Ensure you have two cans of coconut cream (not milk) refrigerated overnight. Turn them upside down so the water will collect on the top. All you then need to do is drain off the water and keep the thick coconut-y part. If you forget, and turn the cans right side up, use a large strainer to remove the liquid.

Wet Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk)
  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 drop doTERRA Clove essential oil
  • 1 drop doTERRA Cardamom essential oil
  • 1 drop doTERRA Cinnamon Bark essential oil
  • 1 drop doTERRA Ginger essential oil

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1¼  cups gluten free all-purpose flour (use gluten if you wish)
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ fine teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 180° C/ 350°F and line a 12-hole muffin tray with liners.

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly add the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Evenly fill the trays and back for 20 – 22 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely in the trays.

Coconut Frosting and Citrus Glaze

  • 1 can coconut cream, refrigerated
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp boiling water
  • 2 drops Wild Orange or Red Mandarin doTERRA essential oil (optional)

Whip together the thick coconut part (see above notes) until stiff peaks form.

In a separate small bowl, mix together the syrup,water and oils. Frost each cupcake with the coconut frosting and drizzle with the glaze.

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~ the Azalea plate

~ the Small Friday Hut mixing bowl

~ and the linen Harvest napkins

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Would love to know what you think of the cupcakes!

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