Dark Chocolate Chai Bites | taketwotapas.com

Dark Chocolate Chai Bites

I’m trying a little experiment today.  Most of you thought that I was crazy when I made the Louisiana Stranger Cake and put the can of frosting in the cake batter.  I wasn’t too far off my rocker and I think we can all agree that the frosting made the cake very moist and delicious.  Was it a one hit wonder?  I wanted to try to see if it would work with any cake mix and can of frosting and I think, after you taste this cake you can agree with me, that this was a successful experiment!

Dark Chocolate Chai Bites

This cake saved me this week in more ways than one.  Fresh off a cut to the hand last week, and a wounded toe thanks to my husband dropping a Costco sized bottle of shampoo on my big toe, a looming garage sale to rid myself of some unnecessary scrapbooking materials (pricing everything is going painfully slow), and a hubby that is travelling on business, I needed something easy to make and quick to bring to you!  I also needed a dessert for church last night.  I baked it and they tasted it since I am still avoiding chocolate for Lent, but I did smell this cake and it made me drool!  

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Either way this cake is for you!  Make it large or small, eat it all or share it, anyway you like it, it is a great cake!  The addition of the Chai Spice Mix balances the richness of the dark chocolate and keeps the sweetness down.

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I used a small petit fors cake pan but you can use anything from a bundt or tube pan, cupcake, mini-muffin, or decorative pan.  These took 9 minutes but a bundt cake would take up to 45 minutes.  Whichever cake pan you use for your cake, make sure you keep a close eye on it and check it often to make sure you don’t overcook it.

Enjoy!

If you need a recipe for Chai Spice Mix, click here!

 

Dark Chocolate Chai Bites
 
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The Chai Spice in this cake brings out the rich flavor of chocolate without being too sweet!
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Serves: 80 bites
Ingredients
  • 1 box Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can Dark Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • 3 teaspoons Chai Spice Mix
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pour into cake pan (bundt, or mini muffin pan, or any other decorative pan you like).
  3. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  4. This time varies based on the pan used. My pan needed 9 minutes. A bundt pan may take up to 45 minutes. A mini muffin pan is about 15 minutes. Just watch your cakes and test for completion often.

 Dark Chocolate Chai Bites

Chai Spice MIx | taketwotapas.com

Chai Spice Mix

Oregano is my favorite herb.  I use it in just about everything and I can trace this love back to my roots.  When I was younger (a lot younger than I am now *cough*) my parents owned an Italian restaurant.  I spent a few of my formative years stuffing my face with pasta and red sauce, or gravy if you want to get the “Italian” lingo correct, and drinking more Coke out of the fountain than I should have.  I would eat my weight, plus the weight of a few of my friends, in pasta every week.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon snack…  I could eat it all the time.  And I did up until I started the Paleo challenge.  I still love pasta, but my body doesn’t love it back.  It has moved on to zoodles and the pasta poser, Spaghetti squash.  But I have gone off track since this post is about chai spice and I’m talking about hoovering pasta.

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I don’t really have a favorite spice.  Some might be wondering what the difference between and spice and a herb.  You probably already know but in case you don’t, a herb is the leafy part of the plant and a spice comes from the root, bark, or the seeds.  Some plants can contribute both, like cilantro.  Cilantro is essentially the leaves of the plant, but coriander is the seed.  I never really explored that many spices, because I was inundated with oregano and basil most of the time and we just didn’t explore many other cuisines.  The only spices that my family used on a regular basis were salt and pepper and maybe some garlic powder every now and then, but fresh garlic was always preferred.

My palate was, and still is, unrefined when it comes to spices.  Cinnamon burns my nose in large quantities and all the others like coriander, cloves, ginger and the like always seemed to strong for me.  Once I would eat them, they overwhelmed my mouth and that was all I could taste.  Since Paleo, I have started liking different spices.  Cinnamon is not as irritating to my nose and I found I really like ginger.  I think that has to do with not eating all the sugar which dulls the tastebuds.  This new world is opening up to me a little at a time.

Chai was also a spice blend that I could not get my lips around.  It always seemed so pungent to me and negated everything it was paired with.  Especially tea.  I am not a coffee drinker so don’t you dare mess with my tea!  I drink tea like water ( I know it’s basically water so don’t laugh at my statement) and should probably cut back on my tea intake and drink straight water but since it is my only source of caffeine, no way Jose.  I have given up dark chocolate for Lent so it’s just not happening!  Over this Winter, I have started to add a little cinnamon and such to my hot tea.  Slowly adding more and more to see how I like it and I can honestly say that it’s growing on me.

Chai spice is everywhere and everyone seems to put it in just about anything they can find.  Almost as annoying as Pumpkin Pie Spice in the Fall.  Not to fall into that annoying category, I thought I would give you my Chai Spice Mix because I am going to be using it in an upcoming recipe and you can already have it on hand.  Plus you can use it in your tea, coffee, cocktail, desserts and whatever else you have on hand.

Hope you enjoy it and look for my upcoming Chai dessert!

Leave a comment and tell me what you use your Chai Spice in so I can try it too!

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Chai Spice Mix
 
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Keep this mix in your spice cabinet or next to you coffee maker for a quick spice to your morning brew!
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Serves: 7 teaspoons
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all your spices together and store in an air-tight container until ready to use in your favorite drink!
 

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