I made this buttercream to decorate vanilla cupcakes. It has a spicy kick but is still sweet.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare a very strong tea by steeping the tea bag in boiling water for 10 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, cream the butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar, and continue creaming until well blended.

  • Pour tea into cold milk; beat milk into frosting until incorporated. Continue beating frosting until fluffy.

Nutrition Facts

467 calories; protein 0.5g 1% DV; carbohydrates 83.9g 27% DV; fat 15.6g 24% DV; cholesterol 41.5mg 14% DV; sodium 7.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2010
I loved his recipe. I did change a couple of things. I steeped the chai tea bags in simmering milk instead of water I added some cardomon cloves cinnamon and ginger to get a speckled effect. I also added two tablespoons of powdered meringue to get a stiffer consistency. Yum! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2009
Didn't have much of a true Chai taste to it. I added ground cinnamon and settled on it as a vanilla with a subtle taste of Chai...perhaps using less sugar would solve the problem? It yields quite a bit of icing as it is. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2009
The flavor is excellent when using Stash's Premium Chai Spice Black Tea. My only gripe is that my batch turned out a bit runny and has more the consistency of the icing you'd find on cinnamon buns. I added a lot of extra powdered sugar and still couldn't get it to stiffen quite right. I'm tossing it in the fridge to cool down before trying to crumb coat with it. For those wanting a truly yummy chai flavor might I suggest trying to work with the powdered chai mix from Tasteful Simply? It's called Oh My! Chai and has been my absolute favorite chai of all of the various brands I've tasted. The fact that it is a powdered mix instead of tea bags might work to the advantage of stiffening the mix a bit too. I would have used it today but alas I am out. - I am willing to give this recipe another try. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2010
I loved his recipe. I did change a couple of things. I steeped the chai tea bags in simmering milk instead of water I added some cardomon cloves cinnamon and ginger to get a speckled effect. I also added two tablespoons of powdered meringue to get a stiffer consistency. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2007
This buttercream is wonderful!! Especially on chocolate cake. Only one thing I had to change you never want to put any tea into "boiling" water. Bring water to a boil remove from heat after it quits bubbling then add tea bags. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2008
This was nice for a frosting. The chai was subtle enough that it wasn't overwhelming but i also only used a tablespoon of the chai water. The recipe itself is huge and i think the proportions were off a little bit for the thickness i wanted for my cookies. I cut the recipe in half because i didnt need that much but it was so watery i had to keep adding more sugar. I would suggest mixing everything else first and then adding the sugar until you get the consistency you want. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2008
Great frosting recipe when it comes to the consistency. I've tried two other recipes on here that were crapola but this once has a great firm texture. I give it 4/5 stars however because I personally didn't find the taste of the chai to be strong enough over the sugar (I combated this by adding extra cinnamon nutmeg and clove). I'll definitely reference this one again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2009
Didn't have much of a true Chai taste to it. I added ground cinnamon and settled on it as a vanilla with a subtle taste of Chai...perhaps using less sugar would solve the problem? It yields quite a bit of icing as it is. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2011
It was really good! Everyone in my family enjoyed it! Though I didn't have chai tea in bags so I put 1 1/2 tbsp in the milk heated it and let it cool then put it in! Thanks for the recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2012
Loved the flavor. I had to alter the recipe slightly - I only used about 1/3 of the milk and tea liquid because more then that would have made the icing way too liquidy (especially if you want to try and pipe with it). I used Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea and the flavor of the icing was so yum. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2009
As an icing this is really good it's a bit soft for a true buttercream. I added one extra tea bag to my 1/4 c water and I could just taste the tea. I might even suggest using 4 tea bags if you want a noticeable chai flavor. I used this to fill and crumb coat my birthday cake then I covered it with the rolled buttercream fondant. Very good! Read More
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