Chai Tea Cupcakes

Tender cupcakes with a light chai flavor. A boxed cake mix simplifies preparation.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
24 cupcakes


  • 1 ¼ cups milk

  • 3 chai tea bags

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package French vanilla cake mix (such as Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Delights French Vanilla Cake Mix)

  • 3 eggs

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 (6 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with liners.

  2. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat until steaming, about 2 minutes. Add chai tea bags and steep for 10 minutes.

  3. Combine chai mixture, cake mix, eggs, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a large bowl and beat using an electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared muffin cups.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 18 minutes.

  5. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  6. Beat cream cheese and butter together in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium-high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add confectioners' sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Pour in vanilla extract. Whip on high speed until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

  7. Pipe or spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle tops evenly with cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

237 Calories
10g Fat
36g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 3g
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 38mg 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.