Gorgeous Chai Spiced Cupcake recipe

Easy Chai-Spiced Cupcakes

  • Author: Louise
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


After a yoga retreat I was inspired by all things Chai spiced! So I developed this easy, chai-spiced cupcake recipe for you. It’s absolutely delicious!


For the Cupcake Batter:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 of the Chai Spice (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk / yoghurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

For the Chai Spice Mix:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (can substitute with All Spice or star anise)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (can substitute with All Spice or star anise)

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 amount of chai mix (save some to sprinkle on top of cupcakes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 12 tablespoons milk if needed


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until well combined and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs, flour, chai mix, buttermilk, baking soda, vinegar and vanilla essence and mix until well combined -be careful to not overmix
  4. Spoon into cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 mins at 180 ° C
  5. Whilst the cupcakes are cooling – make the icing.
  6. Using a mixer, blend the butter until smooth and creamy
  7. Now add the icing sugar, chai mix and vanilla essence and mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  8. Add 1-2 TBS of milk if the icing is too stiff/dry.
  9. Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes once cooled and decorate with a sprinkle of chai spice and whole spices – I used cinnamon sticks and star anise.
  10. Enjoy with a cup of Chai tea!!