Monthly Archives: September 2011

Chai Latte Cupcakes

If you like Chai tea and you like cupcakes you will love these. I love chai tea and I love cupcakes :) I thought these were amazing! They had a good Chai flavor and weren’t super sweet, which I liked.

The original recipe is from The Cupcake Bible but I included some of my modifications.

Cupcakes:
4 Chai tea bags
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 package white cake mix (about 18 oz)
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
24 muffin cups

Preheat oven to 350 deg f
Boil a little more than 1 1/2 cups of boiling water (some will evaporate). Turn off heat after boiling and allow the 4 tea bags to steep and cool while you prepare the cake mix.
Combine eggs, oil, and white cake mix and mix until almost well blended. Remove tea bags from water and add the chai tea to mix. Mix thoroughly. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups.
Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool in pan (5-10minutes).

Icing
1 cup milk
3 Chai tea bags
2-3 cups of powdered sugar
~1 cup flour

Bring milk to a simmer over medium heat, then remove from heat. Add 3 tea bags and allow to steep until slightly cooled. Remove tea bags and add milk to 2 cups of powdered sugar. Whisk together, add remaining sugar to thicken. After you use about 3 cups, it still may not be thick enough, begin adding flour to get desired thickness. Do not add cornstarch! It won’t work with this amount of sugar.
I left my icing slightly runny and spooned it over the tops of the cupcakes (which I set on aluminum foil). It was kind of messy so next time I might keep thickening the icing with flour. They were still delicious! So ice them however you would prefer and enjoy!

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How much stress are you experiencing?

I found an article about the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. Click Here! Its about the long term effects of stress and it also measures your current level of stress and determines its long term impact.

I scored 164 (moderate), but I actually don’t feel that stressed.

I think the items on the scale offer a good perspective. You may think you’re stressed but when you look at those top, high scoring items (death, divorce, separation, etc) you realize your life may not be that stressful :)

Today I have the windows open on a cloudy day and I’m enjoying the breeze while trying to start on some reading for school! I have a lot to do, but I’m not worried. I’m just going to enjoy the day.

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it”

Escape and Enjoy