Chocolate Chai Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting
Chai Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate Chai Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

To create these chocolate chai cupcakes, use any chai-flavored tea bags to flavor the delicious cream-cheese swirls in the middle!

60 min
1 hr 50 min



1/3 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened


1 1/2 cups boiling water

5 chai-flavored tea bags

1 (15.25- to 16.50-ounce) package chocolate fudge or chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted, cooled slightly

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs


3 tablespoons reserved prepared chai-flavored tea

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ground cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups into muffin pan cups; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all filling ingredients in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy; set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine boiling water and tea bags in glass measuring cup, let stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out excess liquid. Add enough water, if necessary, to equal 1 1/2 cups.

  4. STEP 4

    Reserve 3 tablespoons prepared tea; set aside. Place remaining prepared tea in bowl; add cake mix, melted butter and eggs. Beat at low speed 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.

  5. STEP 5

    Spoon about 2 tablespoons cake batter into each prepared muffin cup. Top each with 1 tablespoon filling. Spoon additional cake batter over filling until cups are about 2/3 full. (Do not overfill.) (Batter does not have to cover filling completely.) Bake 19-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Combine 3 tablespoons reserved prepared tea and milk in 2-quart saucepan. Add flour and cocoa; whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 4-6 minutes or until mixture thickens and just comes to a boil. Remove from heat; cool about 15 minutes.

  7. STEP 7

    Combine 1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Beat at high speed until creamy. Continue beating, gradually adding cocoa mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, until light and creamy and sugar is dissolved. Frost or pipe cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Store refrigerated.

Tip #1

- Cupcakes can be made 1 week ahead. Freeze in airtight freezer container. Thaw the day of serving.

Tip #2

- To pipe frosting, fit pastry bag with large star tip. Fill pasty bag with frosting and pipe onto cupcakes.


18Fat (mg)
75Cholesterol (mg)
280Sodium (mg)
31Carbohydrates (g)
1Dietary Fiber
3Protein (g)


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  December 15, 2015

I made these one year and I couldn't stop eating them their so delish and I'm thinking Of making them again for New Years or my birthday !

— says Beverly
  June 24, 2013

I have made these twice so far (planning on making for 4th of July this year. The first time I made them in the mini-cupcake pans. Ended up with 7 dozen. Second time I made them in regular size cupcake pans. I must say I liked the mini's much better. However, they are very time consuming, especially making the smaller ones. The taste is fantastic and everyone has raved about them. I will make the mini's for the 4th - perhaps making the cupcakes a week ahead and freezing, then frosting the "day of". Try these, they are very flavor full AND so creamy. The icing is to die for.

— says Ceege
  February 21, 2013

Yummy, I loved the frosting. They were a little putzy, but worth the effort

— says Debi
  November 17, 2012

I made this for a party for young adults and it was a hit!

— says Candy M, Sweet T&T
  September 14, 2012

These cupcakes are absolutely delicious. I made them for my husband and he could not get enough. The icing is probably the best part. It was so fluffy, creamy, and tasted amazing. I am making these again for my daughter's birthday. When I told them I was making the chocolate chai cupcakes, I got lots of happy faces and some excited family members. GREAT recipe!!!!

— says Michelle
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