Chai Latte Cupcakes


These flavorful chai latte cupcakes with buttercream frosting smell just as good as they taste! Chai tea can be replaced with Earl Grey tea to make London fog cupcakes. Remaining frosting can be kept in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
12 cupcakes


  • ¾ cup milk

  • 3 chai tea bags, or more to taste


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, or more as needed

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

  2. Warm 3/4 cup milk in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly to make sure it does not burn, until piping hot but not boiling. Add chai tea bags; set aside and steep for 10 minutes.

  3. Beat sugar and butter together in a medium bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. Beat eggs in 1 at a time. Stir in vanilla extract.

  4. Combine flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix well. Stir in 1/2 cup chai mixture until batter is smooth. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cupcakes cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  6. Blend together butter and 2 cups confectioners' sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth. Add remaining chai mixture and gradually add remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar while continuously mixing. Blend until frosting is smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

  7. Place frosting into a piping bag, snip off tip of bag with scissors, and pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
17g Fat
62g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 48g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 61mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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