1 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
First, prepare the chai spice mix in a small bowl, by mixing all of the above ingredients.
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 1/2 teaspoons chai spice mix (recipe above)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup buttermilk (or make your own by adding 1/2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar to 1/2 cup of milk, and allow to sit for about five minutes before adding to the batter)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit / 162 degrees celsius. Prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and mix. Then beat in the eggs one at a time. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir in 2 1/2 teaspoons of the chai spice mix.
First fold in a bit of the flour and mix, then add a bit of the buttermilk and mix, and continue to add the two ingredients alternating until they are completely combined. Make sure not to over mix the batter!
In a separate bowl, mix together the baking soda and vinegar, then add it to the batter and mix until combined.
Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 of the way full, and bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Remainder of the chai spice mix (1 1/2 tsp should be left)
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter until it is creamy and lighter in color, about 2-3 minutes. On low, mix in the vanilla and the rest of the chai spice mix.
Sift in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating the frosting between each addition. If the buttercream becomes too thick then add cold milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Then pipe onto cooled cupcakes with your favorite frosting tip, and serve and enjoy!