Spiced Chai Cupcakes

Taste all the benefits of Chai Tea in our nutmeg Spiced Chai Cupcakes– perfect for a late-night treat.

Get ready for a flavor-packed adventure with our Chai Spiced Cupcakes! These little beauties are a mouthwatering blend of warm chai tea spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and a dash of black pepper. The cake is super moist and tender, and we’ve topped it off with a creamy chai-infused cream cheese frosting that’s simply divine. So, whether you’re chilling on a chilly day or hanging out with your squad, these Chai Spiced Cupcakes are the perfect treat to spice up your day and enjoy with a cup of tea. Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon or nutmeg on top, and let the chai magic take you on a cozy and tasty journey with each and every bite!

Why You Will Love These Spiced Chai Cupcakes

– A special treat for relaxing & self-indulging

– Dense

– Gourmet cupcakes for special events

– Satisfies sweet tooth cravings

A super moist Vanilla Cupcake recipe that you will be proud to serve, spiced chai cupcakes are the epitome of luxury relaxation. Like our Instant Pot Masala Chai, Chai tea bags and chai spice mix are the stars of the show, infusing their aromatic fragrance on the frosting, caramel sauce, and cupcakes, leaving you with a whirlwind of spice fragrances that will linger with you long after you’ve finished your treat.

I love preparing Spiced Chai Cupcakes for the winter season. It leaves my home smelling tranquil and merry and the warm brew is a cushioned treat from the biting cold.

How to Make Spiced Chai Cupcakes


– Cupcake pan

– Cupcake liners

– Small pot

– Mixing bowls

– Whisk

– Electric mixer or stand mixer

– Medium Saucepan

– Squeeze bottle

– Small ice cream scoop

– Piping bag


For full instructions, please scroll to the recipe card below

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcakes with cupcake liners

2. Step your hot milk and tea bag for approximately 40 minutes then blend with your cake flour and cupcake ingredients until well mixed

3. Next, transfer the mix into the cupcake liners then bake for approximately 22 minutes

4. Prepare your Chai spiced frosting, sugar, and caramel sauce and prepare to decorate your cupcakes

5. First, scoop frosting onto the cupcake then count with the Chai sugar mixture and finally drizzle the Chai caramel sauce over the top of the cupcake

6. Sparkle on your cinnamon topping then add your cinnamon stick and dive in

Chai spiced cupcakes are a dessert you’ll either fall in love with or become indifferent to. I particularly enjoy the aromatic spices in this treat while others run in the opposite direction.

I have noticed that quality and freshness play a major role in your agreement to the aroma, as slightly spoiled chai tea is not a good smell to encounter. To combat this, I highly recommend clicking the dates of the tea bags and spice mix and making that extra trip back to the store of necessary to obtain a fresh batch. With an hour and a half worth of prep time you want to ensure that it’s all worthwhile.


A few things I wanted to point out about this Chai Tea Cupcake recipe and that not only are these multiple steps, but each one must handle delicately as it directly affects the results of the next step.

First, you want to allow time for your cupcake dough to rest due to all the spice incorporation, so taking that time to properly prep the spiced frosting and caramel sauce is ideal.

Next, the caramel sauce is tricky, so pay close attention to your temptations and make sure that everything – and I mean everything- is combined before placing the sauce into your squeeze bottle.

If you’re looking to gift these Spiced Chai Cupcakes, I highly recommend purchasing a sturdy cupcake holder and gifting an extra helping of icing just in case there are any accidents during transport. Your loved ones will melt in happiness of such a decadent gift, and you’ll be well on your way to spreading more holiday cheer.

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Spiced Chai Cupcakes

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Chai Mix

  • 5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons allspice

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 1 3⁄4 cup cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons chai spice mix
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter (softened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 cup plain greek yogurt

Chai Spiced Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1⁄2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon medium squeeze bottle

Chai Spiced Frosting

  • 1 1⁄2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chai spice mix
  • 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large piping bag with star tip

Chai Spiced Sugar

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoon chai spice mix


For the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

  2. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners

  3. Using a small pot, bring the milk to a simmer

  4. Place the tea bag into a bowl and pour the hot milk over the tea bag.

  5. Let it steep for about 40 minutes

  6. Using a medium bowl, whisk together the cake flour, 4 tsp chai spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside

  7. Using a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, egg whites, greek yogurt, and vanilla until combined and smooth

  8. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until combined

  9. Gradually beat in the cooled milk, until combined and smooth

  10. Fill the cupcake liners 3⁄4 way full and bake in the oven for 22 minutes

  11. Allow to cool completely

Prepaing the Chai Spiced Frosting

  1. Using a standing mixer, beat all ingredients together until the frosting is creamy, smooth but stiff and holds peaks

  2. Scoop 1 1⁄2 C into the piping bag and set aside

Preparing the Chai Spiced Sugar

  1. Using a small bowl, combine ingredients until mixed

Preparing the Chai Spiced Caramel Sauce

  1. Using a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and butter over medium heat

  2. Gradually stir in the heavy whipping cream until combined

  3. Whisk in the salt and spices until combined

  4. Remove from the heat and pour into a squeeze bottle

  5. Building the cupcake

  6. Take a small ice cream scoop and scoop frosting onto the top up the cupcake and smooth into a thick mound

  7. Coat with the chai sugar mixture

  8. Take the piping bag and pipe a dollop of frosting in the center

  9. Drizzle the chai caramel sauce over the top of the cupcake and sprinkle some cinnamon on top

  10. Top with a cinnamon stick

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