Planning Chai Spiced Cake in a Jar!

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A long time ago my friend ran with my obsession with Chai tea and found a cupcake recipe that used chai tea in the ingredients.

The recipe we used was from Bakespace.com but we substituted some things.

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Cupcakes

Servings: 24
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tea bags chai spice tea (I use Tazo)
1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp double strength vanilla (I use my home made vanilla)
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 cups flour
12-16 oz. cream cheese frosting
cinnamon (for garnish) I used Chai Spice seasoning instead!

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin trays (stoneware preferred) with paper liners or arrange foil liners on a cookie sheet.
Heat soy on a small sauce pan over medium heat until it begins to bubble (watch soy carefully as it scalds easily).
Remove from heat, add loose tea or tea bags, cover and let sit for 10-12 minutes.
While tea is steeping, sift all three flours together into a medium bowl. Set aside.
When tea is done steeping, either pour through a strainer or squeeze the milk out of the bags. Measure to be sure it still equals 1 1/4 cup of liquid. If needed, add more soy until it equals 1 1/4 cup. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer in a large bowl.
Add eggs one at a time, vanilla, salt and baking powder.
Begin to add soy and flour in three batches, alternating between the two, beginning with soy and ending with flour.
Beat on low until all ingredients are incorporated evenly and mixture is smooth and shiny.
(stopping recipe here you can find the rest on the link above… moving on to next plan of putting this into a jar)

I found a post about making cakes in jars as care packages for soldiers at awtr.blogspot.com and thought coool the basic instructions should work!

Here’s how to make them:

Get wide-mouth canning jars. You can find them at Walmart, other stores, or online. Boil the jars to sterilize.

How?
1. Make the cake batter according to the instructions or recipe
2. Grease the jar by liberally spraying the inside with cooking spray
3. Fill jar no more than 1/2 way with batter
4. Place jars on cookie sheet on rack in the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean @ 400 degrees
5. While baking, boil jar lids in a pan of water
6. When cake is done, take on jar out at a time and cover with hot lid. Screw on jar ring tightening it slightly
7. The lid will seal as it cools. Listen to hear the “ping” as they seal.
8. As the cake cools, it will pull away frm the jar slightly. That’s ok, it just means that it will slide out of the jar easily.
9. DO NOT FROST cake in the jar! Send frosting along.
See the rest of her post with link above

So, I’m planning to soon attempt this lol and I will be posting when I do, I will also be seing if the cakes make it out to a few friends in locations all over the us! I’m going to find small jars, one is going to California, one to Maine, one to Wyoming, and one is undecided.

I’m going to see if my friends at the other end can take a pic when it gets to them and see how safe the trip was lol.

Will it work? We shall see!

Speaking of fun mail I also want to try this project with my friends one day: PICTURE MAIL CHECK IT OUT!

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