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Chai Tea Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

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These Chai Tea Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing are a delicious treat. Just think of a Chai Latte but in cupcake form. So delicious, so fun!

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I may be a bit late to the game but I just found my love for chai tea! I was never a big tea drinker but started getting into them when I decided to give up coffee for lent last year. You can read about that experience here.

Will I give up coffee this year? I don’t know, I may but I would be fine either way thanks to Chai Tea! In addition to my new love for Chai Tea, I also have a love for cupcakes. Well, I’ve always loved cupcakes but decided it was time to bring my two loves together. Say hello to these Chai Tea Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing!

cupcakes on top of and in front of silver platter with cupcake in front half eaten

So this tea obsession of mine was pretty serious. I have green tea, black tea, purple tea (hibiscus) and a host of others chilling in my cabinet waiting to be drunk. I can’t say I loved all the teas I’ve tried but have found an appreciation for the many that exist. Tea has always calmed me during times of high stress. The aroma is what gets my nerves to pause and relax.

So how did we get to cupcakes? The last cup of chai tea I made tasted like dessert, only because I sweetened with milk and sugar and topped it with whipped cream and cinnamon. I think professional tea drinkers would frown upon that but it was sooo good. The next natural step would be cupcakes.

cupcakes on platter with tea bag in middle and cupcake in front half eaten

These chai tea cupcakes remind me of spice cupcakes, because I used a lot of spice in them. It literally reminds me of a chai latte I would get from my favorite coffee shot. The buttercream icing is a typical butter cream flavor to contrast all the flavor of the cupcake. And of course, I topped with cinnamon to make them perty.

I hope you enjoy these chai tea cupcakes as much as we do. Daughter snuck and ate 4 in a row the first time I made them. I couldn’t even stay mad at her.

Looking for more cupcake or mini cake recipes? Try my red velvet cupcakes or these mini rum carrot cakes. 

Chai Tea Cupcakes are a delicious treat. Made with chai black tea and delicious spices with butter cream frosting.
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5 from 6 votes

Chai Tea Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Servings 12
Calories 270.6kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 chai tea bags
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavored yogurt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
    Place milk in a pot over medium heat. As soon as milk starts to boil and you see bubbles, remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to brew for 10 minutes 
    Add all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, and salt to a bowl. Set aside. 
    In another big bowl, combine milk and tea mixture, white sugar, vanilla flavored yogurt, and vegetable oil. Stir until incorporated.  Add dry ingredients and mix until flour disappears.
    Place in muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool. Frost with icing and dust with cinnamon. 
    To make frosting, add butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and milk to a bowl and mix with mixer until fluffy.



Calories: 270.6kcal
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Monday 1st of June 2020

These were quite good. Wondered if the absence of eggs was a mistake but they turned out fine. 2 year old granddaughter loved them.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

We are big time coffee and chai drinkers, but have never made anything other than chai with the tea bags. The cupcakes look great and I would love the flavor of chai tea in it.

Jennifer A Stewart

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

I recently got into Chai and love it. I wasn't a huge fan of all the cinnamon and cloves but once I got rid of the refined sugar in my life my taste buds changed. I am like you and add a little cream but I tend to go for honey too!

Hanady | Recipe Nomad

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

I love chai tea!! I always order it at Starbucks! These cupcakes are aeriaouly screaming my name! Saving the recipe!

Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

What a great cupcake flavor! I love all the warm spices of chai and imagine they translate very well into dessert.