I’m writing this post from my hotel room in sunny Dubai, so expect some day-by-day posts of what I’m getting up to!
Keeping on with my zodiac-themed cupcake posts, today it’s Libra.
Libras (September 23-October 22) are known to be fair, balanced, and diplomatic—which makes the most simple sense since its symbol is the scales. This goes hand-in-hand with the fact that they’re quite people-oriented, whether that’s with their partner or family and friends, and like to keep everything in harmony and peace. They can’t tolerate injustice and root for equality and fairness in all they care about, and this mentality makes them the idea partner.
They’re flirtatious by nature, which comes as no surprise since this sign is ruled by the planet Venus—also known as the Roman goddess of love. Along with Aquarius and Gemini, Libra’s element is Air. People ruled by this element tend to be quite social and communicative.
But, as with all good qualities come the not-so-good and Libras can be indecisive and even gullible; they’re good at helping other people, but they’re not as headstrong as when it comes to themselves.
For these reasons, I wanted a flavour that was balanced—something sugar and spice (and everything nice), so I chose CHAI. Also, I love banana, and cinnamon (which is one of the make-ups of chai) pairs so well with it.
For the banana cupcakes, I used this beauty of a recipe by the domestic goddess herself, Martha Stewart.
For the chai frosting, I used:
160g icing sugar
80g unsalted butter, room temperature
Splash of coconut milk
1-2 teaspoons of Drink Me Chai
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl so it doesn’t go lumpy, then add the butter. I went for 2 teaspoons of chai powder, but add to taste. And enjoy!