I'm going to make Chai cupcakes for a friend's birthday, and I'd like to flavour the frosting with Stash Vanilla-Hazelnut tea. I was going to use the recipe below, substituting the milk with a cup of strong tea, and probably omitting the vanilla extract. Do you think that would work? Would it be better to try to steep the tea in milk? (probably rice milk, I want to avoid a beany taste). Do you think it would be overpowering with the Chai cupcakes?
If you have any other suggestions, let me know. I definitely want a frosting, not just a glaze, because that seems more birthday-like. I also may just try my hand at the decoration tube...
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 cup milk
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. In a small saucepan mix the flour and the milk and cook over low heat until it forms a smooth paste with no lumps. Place in refrigerator and let cool completely.
2. With an electric mixer beat the shortening, butter or margarine and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled flour paste and mix until smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Use to frost any cooled cake. Makes enough to frost one 9x13 inch sheet cake or two 8 or 9 inch layer cakes.
(Mom's Buttercream Frosting, from Allrecipes)