10 June 2014

Chai Cupcake Recipe

It's been a week and a half or so since the baking-based Leeds May Meet, so I thought it was about time I shared my recipe for the chai cup cakes I took which delighted the tastebuds of all who tried them (which was essentially just Sharon).

I'd used this recipe before but only to make one big cake, it was my first time with mini ones, but I think they turned out ok! This is what you need:

baking with real tea

For the cupcakes:
250ml milk
3 chai teabags
220g butter
350g sugar
4 eggs
380g flour
2tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp vanilla essence.

For the icing:
50ml milk
1 chai teabag
160g icing sugar
1tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence

(This got me about 22 fairly big cakes, so do adjust to your needs!)

how to make chia cupcakes

Heat up the milk until nearly boiling, then chuck in the teabags to brew for five minutes. Put this to one side. Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing as each one is added, until the whole mixture is fully combined. Add the vanilla extract and sieve in the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.

spiced tea cake

Pour in your milky chai mix and give it a good stir in so the mixture is consistently chai-ish, then fill your bun cases. They went in the over for around 15 minutes at 180, and came out looking a big like this.

cake with tea in it

Once cooled, it's time to ice them! Make the same milky chai mix as with the cake, and add the icing sugar, cinnamon and vanilla essence. I seemed to end up using a lot more icing sugar to get the consistency right but haven't adjusted the recipe because,.. well,.. I don't know how much I used! Also, my chai milk was pretty hot which I think might have 'dissolved' my icing sugar faster than expected - let it cool a bit first and you might be alright! Once you've got it how you want it, cover your cakes . . . I also 'decorated' mine with a few broken cinnamon stick bits.

cinnamon chai recipe

It's hard to say how well they went down at the event as there was just too much cake (bet you didn't ever expect me to say that!), but I like them! And it goes without saying they go down a treat with a nice cup of tea.


  1. Sounds amazing I love chai, I might have to bust these out for a special occasion :) xx

  2. I had one of these and they were bloomin lovely x

  3. they look and sound great! might have to give them a go


  4. wow these sound amazing...chai is just my favourite flavour ever I think! Thanks for sharing!

  5. These sound unreal!! Definitely going to give them a try. I shared a recipe for making you own chai on my blog last year!! Onlybecci.blogspot.com xxx


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