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Chai Spice Cupcakes

These Chai Spice Cupcakes are incredible! Warm, aromatic chai spices fill these tender, moist white cupcakes. A must-make if you're a chai fan!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time48 mins
Course: Cakes/Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dessert
Servings: 20
Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 (3.4 oz pkg) dry instant French vanilla pudding mix (you may substitute vanilla if French vanilla isn't available)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Ginger cookies for decorating optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 20 muffin cups with muffin liners. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, milk, oil, dry pudding mix and spices with a handheld electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until combined. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  • To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the spices and gradually add in the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Use the heavy cream to stream into the frosting to thin it out if it's too thick. You may not use all of the cream.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and garnish with a ginger cookie piece, if using.