Sorry the picture is so bad. These are my Thai Iced Tea Cupcakes with Sweetened Buttercream
My daughter loves to watch the mixer go and was being crabby so I decided to try to whip these up with her. I cheated and used a box mix but whatever I think they taste great and after you work all day something quick and easy that you can throw together with a 1 year old is great.
If you have never had a Thai Iced Tea you are definitely missing out. I love them and wanted to make them at home and went to several market places to find the tea which was difficult because at the authentic shops I went to no one spoke english.
I just used a white cake mix and followed the back of the box except for the water. I substituted thai tea I had brewed and cooled. It was made with THAI tea not CHAI tea. It is a wonderful bright orange color when brewed. This is the color the batter turned when the tea was added (no food coloring). I saw some recipes that used the tea powder but they said the taste wasn't very good.
For the frosting I made regular buttercream frosting but added about 1/4c. condensed milk since that is what is in a traditional Thai Iced Tea. I also added vanilla bean to the frosting (I love all the little flecks in the frosting) and toasted some large coconut flakes and rolled the edges in it.
1/2 pound unsalted butter (room temp)
1 vanilla bean split and deseeded
1/4c. condensed milk
1 Tblsp meringue powder
4-6 c. powdered sugar
I just go by taste and desired thickness. You can add a teaspoon of milk if needed also.