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Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

Today is a celebration.

Ok, well, actually, May 19th should have been the celebration, but that pesky dissertation I have been working on got in the way of all the fun! I know, how terrible am I? But, better late than never, right?! So without further ado…

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear bloggyyyyyy! Happy Birthday to you!

Yeah, Eat. Drink. Love. is 1 year old! Starting this blog was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I had wanted to start one for years and I finally decided to just do it! This blog has become more than I thought it ever would and I am so thankful for each and every one of you who stop by to read my rants and recipes! Here’s to another great year of fun!!

I made these Chai Cupcakes for my friend and labmate, Melissa. Melissa defended her dissertation today and cupcakes were definitely in order! I’ve been holding onto this recipe just for her because like myself, she loves chai tea lattes! I don’t consider myself the best baker, but I was happy with how these turned out! The cake was very moist and not too sweet. It almost tastes like banana or pumpkin bread (even though there is no banana or pumpkin in the recipe). Hand me anything chai-flavored and I am a happy girl!!

Happy Birthday, Bloggy! And Congrats Dr. Melissa!

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

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Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


For chai spice mix:

  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

For the cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 quantity chai spice mix (recipe below)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

For the vanilla chai buttercream:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks, softened)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 quantity chai spice mix
  • 1-2 tbs. cold milk, if needed


For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix spices for the chai spice mix together in small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and beat in one egg at a time.
  3. Stir in half the quantity of the chai spice mix.
  4. Fold in the flour and buttermilk and stir until combined, be careful not to over mix. Stir together the baking soda and apple cider vinegar and mix into the batter.
  5. Spoon into prepared cupcake cases until about 3/4 full and bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For the chai spice buttercream:

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until it is creamy. Mix in the vanilla and the rest of the chai spice mix. Beat in the confectioner's sugar t ½ cup at a time. If the buttercream seems too thick, add 1-2 tbs of cold milk until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. Frost or pipe the frosting on the cupcakes and eat!

Recipe from The Novice Chef

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes


74 Responses to “Vanilla Chai Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 15, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Awww happy blogoversary! I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for one year! It seems like you’ve been blogging for years! And great pick on the cupcakes. Can I be your labmate too? :)

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

      Thanks, Chung-Ah! It does seem like it’s been longer!

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    Beth Michelle — June 15, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Happy 1 year!!! These seem like the perfect way to celebrate (and celebrate defending a dissertation!) I love chai lattes so these are right up my alley. Would LOVE to try one of these right now.

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

      Thank you, Beth Michelle! I love them too!

  3. #
    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats — June 15, 2012 at 5:06 am

    I do love Chai Lattes too myself. Can’t wait to try making these cuppies.. I just low how it has the right amount of frosting.. The cake looks really moist and am sure it’s delicious too. Congrats to Dr Melissa too!! Cheers, Jo

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Jo!! The cake was really moist!

  4. #
    Priya Sreeram — June 15, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Happy !st Brithday to your blog baby; wishes n cheers for many m0ore fun-filled milestones ! lovely chai cupcakes :)

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

      Thank you, Priya!!

  5. #
    carol — June 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Happy 1st year more years to come!Cheers!And more cup cake to eat every year.

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

      Thanks, Carol!

  6. #
    Carolyn — June 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Yum, those look fantastic. and Happy Blogoversary!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

      Thank you, Carolyn!

  7. #
    Baker Street — June 15, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! What a fabulous way to celebrate! These cupcakes look absolutely divine! Love the combination of flavors you chose. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

      Thank you, An!

  8. #
    Amy @ fragrantvanillacake — June 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

    These sound delicious! Happy Blogaversary :)!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy!! :)

  9. #
    Tina@flourtrader — June 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Happy blogoversary Steph! I love that you went for something a little bit exotic for your birthday. I have never even had chai in a baked good, but your post does tell me it is time that I did. These look so spicy and moist-yum! Enjoy the weekend and congrats on the blogger milestone!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      Thank you, Tina!! I loved the chai spices, very much like a spice cake!

  10. #
    Ramona — June 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Happy belated birthday to your beautiful blog!! I have enjoyed following you for some time now. :) You always bring such wonderful, clever and healthy food…These chai cupcakes are a perfect example of that. :) Well done and congrats to your friend on her dissertation. Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Ramona

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

      Thank you, friend!! :)

  11. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 15, 2012 at 9:36 am


    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

      Thanks, Claire!

  12. #
    Viviane Bauquet Farre — June 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations on your blogoversary. This is a stupendous recipe for celebrating. Chai and vanilla are just made for each other, aren´t they? Beautiful!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Viviane!

  13. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — June 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Happy happy 1 year! I love your blog and am so glad you took the blogging plunge! Anything chai = delicious in my books too :)

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

      Thanks, Anna!! I love me some chai!

  14. #
    Liz — June 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Happy birthday to your wonderful blog, Steph!!! Your cupcakes look marvelous!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

      Thank you, Lizzy!!

  15. #
    Cassie — June 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Happy blog birthday, Steph! (Do people call you that?!) These cupcakes are PERFECT for celebrating. Cheers to another year!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      Ha! Yes, you can call me Steph! And thanks so much, Cassie! I’m so glad to have “met” you!

  16. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — June 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog!! Awesome! The cupcakes sound like the perfect way to celebrate just about anything!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      Thank you, Erin! Cupcakes always the perfect way to celebrate!

  17. #
    Jess @ OnSugarMountain — June 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I’m nearing my 1 year as well and I am also so happy I started food blogging. You get to meet such wonderful people and it’s wonderful to know there are other people as into baking as I am. :D These Chai cupcakes look to die for – with a cup of tea I could be set on a nice rainy day for sure.

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

      Thank you, Jess! Congrats to you as well then!! I love our blogging community!

  18. #
    Choc Chip Uru — June 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Happy happy blogiversary my friend :D
    What a beautiful celebration in these mini cupcakes – gorgeous flavours :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      Thank you, friend!

  19. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    happy blogiversary! i can’t believe we just recently found each other but hoping to many more delicious years!! xo

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      Thanks, Julie! I know! So glad we finally found each other!

  20. #
    Jana — June 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing! I also LOVE chai tea lattes from Starbucks……I always get extra pumps of chai :)
    Happy 1 yr. anniversary…..all your stuff looks yummy!!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

      Thanks, Jana! I always ask for an extra pump too!!

  21. #
    myfudo — June 16, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Happy Birthday We enjoyed the year and we sure look forward to more beautiful posts and amazing recipes! =)

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

      Thank you so much!

  22. #
    ALLY — June 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I could never get enough of anything chai or cinnamon… thanks for keeping my tummy happy!

  23. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Happy Birthday. I don’t think it is ever too late to celebrate. These cupcakes sound delicious and I love, love, love the owl wrappers. Too cute!

    • Stephanie replied: — June 16th, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

      Thank you, Emily! The owl wrappers are my favorite part!

  24. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — June 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Stephanie….beautiful cupcakes! And Happy Blogiversary! I have so enjoyed getting to know you over the past year. And I look forward to many more years of fun, food and friendship! : )

  25. #
    Ann — June 17, 2012 at 1:26 am

    This is SO great! Congratulations….you rock!

  26. #
    Ridwan — June 17, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Happy blogerversary Eat-Drink-Love,!! and these YUMMY vanilla chai cupcakes deserved on top 9 today Congrats :)

  27. #
    DB-The Foodie Stuntman — June 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9 and happy belated blogoversary!

  28. #
    Andrea — June 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Congratulations Stephanie for the great blog you created here!
    To celebrate together I published your birthday cupcake on my cupcake blog.
    Keep up a good work!

  29. #
    Colleen — June 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog! I am obsessed with those cupcake liners. And in regards to the cupcake itself, looks AMAZING.

  30. #
    Sarah — June 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Happy 1 year birthday to your blog! These cupcakes look divine – I am addicted to chai lattes, so this recipe is just perfect for me!

  31. #
    Baking Serendipity — June 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I love chai tea lattes too! And imagine these cupcakes would be just perfect. Happy one year of awesomeness here! Cannot wait to see what is to come :)

  32. #
    Ashleen Moreen — June 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Oh Happy Birthday to your dear blog though it’s late!
    and thanks for the Vanilla Chai Cupcakes recipe!

  33. #
    Jennie — June 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Ooo, these look mighty delicious. Chai tea lattes are my favorite drink in the winter. The spices are so warm and inviting. These cupcakes look beautiful. I bet you made your friend extremely happy.

  34. #
    FreeSpiritEater — June 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Happy blog birthday ! I absolutely adore your site Stephanie, great energy, flawless photos, mouthwatering recipes, what more could we ask for? =] This vanilla chai cupcake sounds and looks scrumptious! Perfect for the occasion. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to reading and drooling over many more of your posts =]

  35. #
    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — June 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Happy One Year Anniversary Eat. Drink. Love! – what a fabulous way to celebrate your blog birthday and Dr. Melissa. I love chai spicing as well… these look moist and delicious.

  36. #
    Gourmantine — June 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    What lovely cupcakes to celebrate such grand occasion! Very big congrats and many many many more anniversaries to come :)

  37. #
    Katerina — June 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog! To many years of sharing your cooking and baking adventures! The cupcakes look so invinting and are perfect for the occasion!

  38. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — June 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Yay! Happy Blogoversary! Such a cute cupcake, enjoy it! You have a great blog and loads of tasty recipes, love them all! :)

  39. #
    Kelsey Deluise — June 19, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Lovely little recipe. I need to try it.. looks so yummy! : )

  40. #
    Cucina49 — June 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog indeed–I always love your posts, and I am seriously intrigued by these cupcakes.

  41. #
    Renee @ Tortillas and Honey — June 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! These are at the top of my list of things to try!

  42. #
    Alyssa — June 20, 2012 at 12:29 am

    A very happy blogiversary to you!!!!! Yours was one of the first blogs I started reading when I started blogging (and one of the only ones I still read religiously to this day!) I hope your dissertation went well and these cupcakes look like the perfect way to celebrate!

  43. #
    Messmakesfood — June 21, 2012 at 5:24 am

    My mouth is watering at these!! Think i’ll have to bake them this afternoon :)

  44. #
    Meghan — June 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Happy 1 year!! So happy to get to know you over the past year! These cupcakes are a perfect way to celebrate & sound delish!


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