Chilli Chai and Chocolate Bites

14 October 2014


This recipe marks not only the end of my set of Autumnal Petit Fours but the end of my recipes for The Great Blogger Bake Off. I'm already feeling sad at the thought of not seeing everyone's bakes in my feed tomorrow, or being able to watch the show tomorrow night.

As I mentioned earlier on, I really wanted to (finally) embrace some more suitable flavours for the season with these bakes. Regular readers will already know that I am completely obsessed with chai and on our trip to Liverpool last weekend (more on that very soon) I picked up a new tin of chai so I just couldn't resist working it into one of the petit four recipes. In the last couple of weeks I've also gotten a little obsessed with dark chocolate because I've fully bought into the hype that it is healthier than milk chocolate (and am taking this as a reason to eat even more of it!) and here the two seem to have made a perfect match. The chai I used was quite sweet compared to my previous favourite from Waterloo Tea and the bitterness of the dark chocolate paired with the little kick of the chilli flakes were a perfect match.


Ingredients
Chai tea
80g butter
280g caster sugar
240g plain flour
1tbs baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
200ml whole milk
2 large eggs

Toppings 
100g butter 
200g icing sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
300g melted dark chocolate
2 tsp chilli flakes

Infuse the milk with the chai by warming it gently or leaving for a few hours to infuse cold. Combine the butter, flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs with your tea flavoured milk and fold into the rest of your ingredients. Bake in a large square/rectangular tin for 20 minutes at 200c and then set aside to cool.

Whisk the butter, icing sugar and cinnamon together to create the buttercream filling. Using a square cookie cutter (or a knife) cut the cake mix into small squares of equal size. Spread half the squares with buttercream and top with the remaining cake halves. Finish off with a spread of dark chocolate and a light sprinkle of chilli flakes then refrigerate for at least half an hour to set the chocolate before serving. 

5 comments

  1. These sound great- I really want to buy some chai and need some extra ways to use it up, so this is very inspiring!

    Jennifer x

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  2. A chai tea cake? I've just drank a cup of chai now. This sounds so lovely!


    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  3. Hannah WebsterOctober 24, 2014

    Thanks Corrine, I am probably a little overly obsessed with the flavours now but it is delicious, and such a lovely warming tea for winter (I realise all tea is warming but I guess its sort of comforting from all the spices?)

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  4. Hannah WebsterOctober 24, 2014

    Ohh there are so many ways to use it! Chai tea, chai lattes, I've got recipes for chai biscuits and muffins a little further back on the blog...I would probably put chai in every meal if it were possible! I have so many different brands too because there are subtle differences between each. I get very geeky and excited about this :') haha.

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  5. Oh yummy, loving the chilli + thai combo! Definitely a good idea for autumn :) They look so tasty x

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