Mmmm chai. Yes, I know you’re thinking it. So incredible in its masala spicy goodness. But wait, it gets better! Banana too! I hope you love banana cake, even if you don’t like banana in its pure form like me.
Oh, and then add cream cheese frosting and a dusting of more spices. That’s right, you get these babies:
I am not sure how big you can see that photo but apologies if it is small, I’m still working on this whole photos+blog thing 🙂
But I digress! These are so simple to make, no beating the butter and sugar, no milk (you could probably make it vegan very easily if you’re into that!) and no fuss. Just pure delicious that makes 12 cupcakes with a yummy frosting. I was a little worried that they would be one of those mixes that didn’t want to come out of the wrappers but I was wrong; and they stayed amazingly moist and delicious too. Without further ado, here is the recipe!
Banana Chai Cupcakes
Chai banana cake:
3 Tbsp yogurt
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
5 Tbsp sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
25g softened butter
2 Tbsp cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup icing sugar
+various ground spices for dusting.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with cupcake liners. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Mix in the yogurt, oil and egg, then mix in the sugar. In another bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients (the dry ones) until well combined. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Divide evenly among the cupcake liners and bake for 30 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool.
Beat together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the icing sugar and beat until well combined. Frost the cupcakes, then dust some spices on top.
Note, I didn’t want a lot of frosting on the cupcakes (although I am quite partial to it from time to time, don’t get me wrong!) so you may want to even double the amount I used!
Enjoy that chai-banana-cream cheese goodness! With love 🙂