Chai Tea Cupcakes with Honey Butter Cream

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Do you like Chai Tea? If you don’t … YOU SHOULD. Next time you’re at a coffee shop try a chai tea latte, and I guarantee you will fall in love. It’s like Christmas in a cup, spicy and warm! Chai has spices like cinnamon, clove, and ginger, so unique and yummy.

I try to make cupcakes out of EVERYTHING I love! So I had to come up with some way to incorporate chai tea into a cupcake. And what’s better with tea than honey?! This cupcake is sweet, spicy and delicious. No one would guess how easy this is….


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Line a cupcake tin (12 cupcakes)



–          1 ½ cup of flour

–          1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder

–          ½ teaspoon of salt

–          ½ cup of milk plus 2 tablespoons (to steep the tea, you need a little extra for evaporation)

–          1 teaspoon of vanilla

–          1 stick of butter (softened)

–          ¾ cup sugar

–          2 large eggs

–          3 Chai Tea bags (I use Tazo, you can find this at Wal-Mart)

Start by putting the milk (½ cup plus 2 tablespoons) in a sauce pan over medium low heat with the three tea bags in the milk. Let me milk come to a simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes, and then let it cool with the tea bags for 30 minutes. Then add the vanilla to the milk.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and whisk together. In a larger bowl (with a stand mixer or hand mixer) mix together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time. Add a little of the flour mixture and incorporate, then add a little milk mixture and incorporate, alternate these until everything is incorporated.

NOTE: Try the batter at this point. If it is not spicy enough for you add: 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of ground clove, and ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger.

Divide the batter among the cupcake tin. Filling the 12 molds about ¾ full.

Bake for 12-14 minutes.

Let cool!

Honey Butter Cream

–          1 stick and 3 tablespoons of butter (softened)

–          1 cup of powdered sugar

–          ¼ teaspoon of vanilla

–          1 tablespoon of heavy cream

–          2 tablespoons of honey

In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, start beating the butter. Slowly add ½ cup of powdered sugar. Add the vanilla. Then add the remaining ½ cup of powdered sugar. Add the heavy cream, and then add the honey.

Once it is all combined, either pipe it on the cupcakes or pile it on!

I decorated the cupcakes with chopped pecans, adding a little crunch!




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