Experience the warm and comforting flavors of Chai Tea Spiced Cupcakes. These moist and fluffy treats blend aromatic spices and black tea, creating a delightful fusion of Indian-inspired and classic American flavors. Get ready to savor the essence of chai in every bite!
Fun fact, what we commonly associate with “chai tea” is actually “masala chai”.
The word chai simply means tea, so by saying chai tea, we are in fact saying, “tea tea”.
Masala means spiced, so “masala chai” translates to spiced tea, which is in fact the well-loved drink we are referring to.
So yeah… can we now call this an educational blog too?
Also, it’s been a while since we had cupcakes on here so, let’s fix that too.
Cloves, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon come together in the perfect blend in this cake, to create a not-too-sweet but not-too-spicy sponge, complimented by a delicate, light vanilla buttercream.
Whoever said chai is just for lattes was wrong, it’s for cake too!
I love exploring spices and flavors from other cultures.
India has a pretty warm spot in my heart.
My husband’s family is Anglo-Indian, and his grandparents moved over in the 1950s.
I have spent many hours listening to his Grandad’s stories of working in gold mines, encountering tigers, and eating tons of awesome food.
And since dating, I have had hands down the best Bombay potatoes ever. Like ever!
Most chai tea cupcakes don’t actually have any tea in them, but this one does.
The tea gives the cupcake a depth of flavor and adds an authentic tea flavor, without tasting like you just threw a tea bag in a cake.
The tea (chai spiced for good measure) gently infuses in the milk before being added to the batter.
They may look understated, but these cupcakes pack a punch.
I mean, it’s no secret I could quite happily curl up in a corner and live on tea for the rest of my life, but give me one of these as well and it would sweeten the deal.
All they need is a small swirl of buttercream to finish them off, then dive in! These unusual cakes won’t last long!
Chai Tea Spiced Cupcakes
- 1 12-count cupcake pan
- 1 stand mixer
- 1 saucepan
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 2 eggs large
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup milk whole milk
- ½ tsp. cinnamon ground
- ½ tsp. ginger ground
- ½ tsp. cardamom ground
- ½ tsp. cloves ground
- 1 bag chai tea
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp. milk
- ½ tsp. cinnamon ground
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- star anise optional
- Preheat an oven to 338⁰F (170⁰C) and line a 12-count cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
- Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. This should take around 2 minutes in a stand mixer or with an electric handheld mixer.
- Add the eggs 1 at a time, mixing thoroughly until fully combined. Scrape down the side of the bowl after each addition to ensure the eggs are fully incorporated.
- Heat the milk in a saucepan until steaming, but do not let it boil. Take the milk off the heat and add the chai tea bag. Let sit in the milk for 5 minutes to infuse, then remove the bag and allow the milk to cool down.
- In another bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking powder and mix thoroughly to ensure there is an even distribution of ingredients. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the egg and butter mixture, alternating with milk until all the ingredients are combined. Scrape down the side of the bowl after each addition. Do not over-mix at this stage, and if you are using a standing mixer, keep it on a low speed.
- Fill the cupcake liners between 1/2 – 2/3 full.
- Bake for 15 – 18 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean, and the tops of the cupcakes are golden brown and spring back when gently pressed.
- While the cupcakes are cooling, make the buttercream. Put the butter in a stand mixer and beat on high speed for 4-5 minutes. While this is beating, measure out the powdered sugar. Gradually add the powdered sugar to the butter and mix again on high speed for a couple of minutes. Add the milk and the vanilla extract and mix on a high speed.
- To assemble the cupcakes, pipe or spoon on the buttercream however you like. Add some star anise as optional decoration.