Chai Latte Cupcakes

Chai Latte Cupcakes

A Chai Latte Cupcake and Gratitude~

I have a lot the be thankful for. No, I’m not a prodigy in any area. I’m not famous. I don’t drive a Bentley or have spare homes in exotic lands. I’m not dripping with jewels and my closet is surprisingly small. There are mornings I wake up and sigh at the potential monotony of life. There are days I argue with my husband on purpose. I get impatient with my little guys at times. I’m a regular girl/wife/mom with regular problems.

Yet I look around me every day and drink in thankfulness. With every breath, I feel a deep sense of gratitude for all of life’s experiences, high and low.

There are moments in life that seem so painful, it’s a wonder you make it through…but you do. You DO make it through and you can be thankful for that! It’s amazing how you start to notice all the little things you should have always been thankful for, when bigger distractions are out the way.

I’m thankful for sunshine. I’m thankful for the aroma of freshly baked bread. I’m thankful for butterfly kisses and homemade gifts made of yarn and twigs. I am thankful my husband and I still look at each other the way we did 15 years ago.

In fact, thankfulness itself, is something to be thankful for. Gratitude is the oar the keeps your raft in delicate balance on the raging river of life.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting. ~Author Unknown

Mini Chai Cupcakes

I wasn’t planning to post this chai latte cupcake recipe, so I didn’t focus on a photo-shoot. Sorry about that! I made them for a dear friend’s baby shower. These cupcakes had such rave reviews, I thought I better share them with plenty of time for your December gatherings!

I opted to use ‘instant chai powder’ in the batter, instead of combining all the spice myself, because I felt that flavor would benefit from the dehydrated milk added to the powder. It gave the cupcakes the creamy quality of good chai. This chai latte cupcake recipe was a rare first-attempt success. The flavor was spot-on, after I added a touch of cardamom for extra kick. I hope you enjoy these chai cupcakes as much as we did!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chai Cupcakes


Yield: 48 mini cupckes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Chai Latte Cupcakes


For the cupcakes:
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
2/3 cup instant chai powder
¼ tsp. cardamom (optional)
2 eggs
½ cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ cup + 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour (They don’t make a measuring cup for that!)
¾ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt

For the frosting:
½ cup unsalted butter
3 ½ cups powdered sugar
¼ tsp. cardamom
¼ tsp. cinnamon
3 Tb. milk
¾ tsp. vanilla


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 large or 48 mini cupcake cups with paper liners.

Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer. Then add the chai powder and extra cardamom if desired.

Mix in the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix the baking powder and salt with the flour and add to the wet mixture a little at a time.

Fill the liners 2/3 of the way full and bake. 10 minutes for minis, and 15-20 for regular cupcakes.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, cream the butter and sugar together for the frosting. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until smooth. If the frosting is too soft add ½ cup more powdered sugar.

Pipe the frosting on each cupcake and ENJOY!

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28 Responses to “Chai Latte Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Magic of Spice — December 3, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    What a wonderful post…and I love the quotes you have chosen.
    Beautiful as are you lovely cupcakes :)


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    MegSmith — December 5, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

    Those are adorable cupcakes, and I can almost taste the spice in them. It's making my mouth water!

    Your post really made me smile and I enjoyed reading all of the things you are thankful for. I took a few minutes to reflect on my life and I am thankful for a lot too. Thank you for reminding me to remember that.


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    Bianca — March 28, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    Cupcakes and Chai, two of my favoritie things. Oh my gosh, do I really want to make these. I don’t have an electric mixer… do you think it will work if I do it by hand? I’m also out of regular flour but I have whole wheat–would that work?

    Thank you for your cupcake inspiration!


  4. #
    marla — August 14, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Just got a stumble on these beauties from Thanksgiving! Love chai & cupcakes :)


  5. #
    Liz — August 14, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    Oh, what lovely thoughts you’ve shared today….and lovely cupcakes as well~


  6. #
    Rebecca — August 15, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    1/2 milk…. uuummm, 1/2 cup?? Surprised no one has caught this yet. lol. These look amazing and I will make them later this week, I have decided :)


    • Sommer — August 16th, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

      Thanks Rebecca–got it!


  7. #
    Anne — February 17, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    I stumbled across your recipe while looking for a pistachio cupcake recipe. I LOVE chai lattes and will definitely be making these. Thanks for the idea!


  8. #
    Christina — March 29, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    what tip did you use for the frostig? i’ve been looking for awhile!


  9. #
    Rebecca — April 16, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Oh my god! I just made these, and they are the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted! Thank you!!!


  10. #
    Amanda S — September 15, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing; these look awesome! My husband and sons love chai lattes, so I can’t wait to try this!


  11. #
    Lydia — September 16, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    I wondered where you found the instant chai powder mix? I searched a couple grocery stores but no dice, so I just guesstimated using liquid chai mixture.


    • Sommer — September 16th, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

      Hi Lydia, sorry you’re having trouble finding it. I found chai powder in the coffee/tea section at Walmart.


  12. #
    Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden — January 6, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    These are really great mini spicy bites. I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.


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    Leslie Pieper-McQueen — October 18, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    I have a cupcake blog called My Year of Cupcakes. I featured your Chai Latte Cupcakes recipe on day 77. Here’s the link if you wanna take a look:
    Thanks for the tasty recipe!


  14. #
    Susana — February 5, 2014 @ 4:19 am

    I really love Chai Latte and now I found your recipe and can’t wait to make them today…!!!! I wrote from Spain and I hope my english is ok…
    I can’t find Chai latte instant powder here in Spain so I’m asking if I can used 1/2 cup of Chai Latte Milk… do you think it will work?? I really have a good recipe to do your own Chai Latte at home…
    Your cupcakes looks so lovely… thanks for sharing..

    Lovely greetings from Spain,


    • Sommer — February 5th, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

      Hi Susana,

      I would be more inclined to suggest adding chai spices like ground cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise or cloves and some powdered milk. You could also try powderizing black tea and adding that to the batter, but I wouldn’t add any more liquid.

      Good Luck!


      • Sally — March 10th, 2014 @ 6:50 am

        Is instant chai powder the same as what is found in chai tea filter bags?

    • Michelle — November 15th, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

      Oregon Chai offers a powdered instant chai latte mix. I have seen it at Walmart…it’s usually on the shelf near the regular teas. Give it a Google and see if you can spot the box on your local grocery store shelf. Alternately, Amazon has quite the grocery section these days.


  15. #
    Liana — February 2, 2015 @ 7:47 pm


    I really want to try out this recipe, it says “2/3 cup instant chai powder”, this seems like a large amount of chai powder! Is this correct?

    Thank you :)


    • Sommer — February 2nd, 2015 @ 9:14 pm

      Hi Liana, Yes, to get a strong chai flavor that is the right amount.


      • Liana — February 5th, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

        Thanks Sommer, I’ll give these a go :)


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