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Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

This girl I work with is celebrating her 20th birthday and I (obviously) wanted to make her something special but I just couldn’t decide what. Then I remembered how we used to always talk about how good chai tea is so this morning I went on a wild goose chase looking for cardamom to make her these cupcakes. And let me tell you, I have never smelled anything so yummy come out of that oven before and that says A LOT since I’m constantly baking.

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. chai spice mix (recipe below)
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup vanilla spice egg nog
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. white vinegar

Chai Spice Mix

  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • remainder of the chai spice mix
  • 1 Tbsp. cold milk, if needed to thin out the buttercream
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Prepare a cupcake pan with liners
  2. In a small bowl or plastic bag, combine the chai spice mix ingredients.  Set aside
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and beat in one egg at a time. Stir in 2 teaspoons of the chai spice mix. Fold in the flour and buttermilk alternately and stir until combined, don’t over mix. Mix together the baking soda and vinegar in a separate bowl, then add it to the batter and mix until combined
  4. Spoon into prepared cupcake tins until 3/4 full and bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  5. In a stand mixer, beat the butter until it is creamy. On low, mix in the vanilla and the rest of the chai spice mix. Carefully beat in the powdered sugar about ½ cup at a time.  If the buttercream is too thick add 1-2 tbs of cold milk until the desired consistency is reached.  Then pipe onto cooled cupcakes

Mixing in the spices

Close-up of the batter



Close-up of the buttercream

The final product!


2 responses »

  1. These were the best birthday surprise I could have I ever gotten ❤


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