Indulge in Rich & Decadent Caramel Chai Latte Cupcakes

From the moment you take your first sip of a chai latte, you know it’s special. The combination of flavors is unlike anything else – bold tea, rich spices, and creamy milk. And while we love this drink in its classic form, what if we told you there was a way to enjoy all those flavors in cupcake form? That’s right – chai latte cupcakes are a thing, and they’re delicious.

In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make moist and fluffy cupcakes infused with the warm spice of chai tea. We’ll even teach you how to whip up a delicious caramel brulée frosting that takes these treats to the next level. Whether you’re a long-time chai latte fan or just looking for something new to try, we guarantee these cupcakes won’t disappoint.

So get ready to taste something truly special. These cupcakes are perfect for a special occasion or even just a mid-week treat. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Caramel Chai Latte Cupcakes
Caramel Chai Latte Cupcakes

Are you a coffee lover? Do you enjoy indulging in delicious baked treats? Then you are going to fall in love with these Caramel Chai Latte Cupcakes! These cupcakes offer the perfect balance of flavors – the warmth of cinnamon and chai spice paired with the creaminess of caramel and reduced-fat cream cheese frosting.

To make these cupcakes even sweeter, they contain healthier ingredients like honey, applesauce, and skim milk. This means that you can satisfy your cravings while still feeling good about what you are eating.

These chai latte cupcakes also offer endless variations for your taste buds. You can choose to make them more decadent by using the caramel brulée frosting recipe or go for a slightly subtler taste with sweet chai buttercream frosting. Or if you prefer, make them gluten-free using a substitute flour mix.

Whether for an afternoon tea party or dessert after dinner, these moist and fluffy cupcakes are sure to impress both coffee addicts and dessert lovers alike. The aroma of the chai latte and caramel will fill your kitchen and have all your guests’ mouths watering.

So why not give this recipe a try and treat yourself to some scrumptious Chai Latte Cupcakes that are easy to make at home? And who knows, it may just become your new go-to baked treat!

Ingredient List

 Sweeten up your day with these elegant caramel chai latte cupcakes.
Sweeten up your day with these elegant caramel chai latte cupcakes.

Ingredient List

Here are the ingredients you need to make these caramel chai latte cupcakes. Ensure that you have all the ingredients in your pantry before you start baking.

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp of chai tea mix (instant)
  • 1/3 cup of skim milk
  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce

Chai Spice Mix Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • ½ tsp of ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp of ground cloves
  • ⅛ tsp of nutmeg

Caramel Brûlée Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. (or half a brick) reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp (or half a stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Substitution: You can use regular milk or coconut milk instead of skim milk for this recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 The unique combination of caramel and chai flavors will leave you wanting for more.
The unique combination of caramel and chai flavors will leave you wanting for more.

Now that we know the ingredients, let’s move on to the recipe how-to section. This recipe will yield 12 cupcakes.

Step 1: Preheat and Prep

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Step 2: Prepare Dry Ingredients

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 1 and 1/2 cups of purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 2 teaspoons of chai spice.

Step 3: Prepare Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, beat together ½ cup of butter, softened at room temperature, and ¾ cups of granulated sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and mix well.

Step 4: Combine and Mix Ingredients

Add half the dry mixture to the wet mixture, then add 1/3 cup of chai tea mix and stir it in gently while pouring in the skim milk. Then add the remaining half of dry mixture along with another tablespoon of chai tea mix. Stir until everything is fully combined.

Step5: Bake Cupcakes

Scoop half batter into baking cups. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of cupcakes.

Step6: Pick Your Frosting

You can choose from buttercream frosting to caramel brûlée frosting to go along with your chai latte cupcakes. Choose any suitable frosting as per your preference or craving.

There you have it – warm delicious Chai Latte Cupcakes perfect for those cold winter nights!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for any occasion, these cupcakes are easy to make and finger-licking delicious.
Perfect for any occasion, these cupcakes are easy to make and finger-licking delicious.

When making any recipe, it is essential to be able to put your own spin on it. This recipe, too, offers several opportunities to customize and vary the flavors as per your taste buds. Here are some ideas that you can try out:

– Gluten-Free Version: If you have gluten intolerance, substitute the all-purpose flour with gluten-free alternatives such as almond flour, coconut flour or oat flour.

– Vegan Version: You can make this recipe vegan by substituting eggs with applesauce (¼ cup applesauce for 1 egg) and using vegan cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese.

– Dirty Chai Variation: If you’re a fan of chai tea lattes with coffee added to them, you’ll love this one. Change the “chai tea mix” in the ingredient list to “dirty chai latte powder,” and add a tablespoon of strongly brewed coffee to the batter.

– Caramel Brulée Frosting Variations: To modify the frosting’s flavor, mix in some additional ingredients such as honey or cinnamon. You can also sprinkle confectioners’ sugar instead of caramel glaze to go for a lighter touch.

– Vanilla Chai Cupcakes: Substitute the Chai Tea Mix with a Vanilla Chai Tea Mix for a subtle underlying vanilla note in your cupcakes.

Remember, these are just suggestions! Feel free to experiment with other flavor combinations and see what works for you!

Serving and Pairing

 Be sure not to skimp on the swirls of frosting for an extra dose of indulgence.
Be sure not to skimp on the swirls of frosting for an extra dose of indulgence.

These Chai Latte Cupcakes with Caramel Brulée Frosting are a perfect treat for any time of day. These cupcakes pair impeccably with a steaming mug of your favorite chai latte or dirty chai. The buttery and spiced flavor in the cupcakes enhances the richness of the chai, making each sip even more enjoyable.

For an extra special touch, try topping your cupcakes with a sprinkle of cinnamon, honey drizzle, or a dollop of reduced-fat cream cheese frosting. The creaminess of the frosting and the sweetness from the honey will cut through the richness of the caramel brulée frosting, making every bite harmoniously balanced.

These cupcakes are delightful as a dessert after a dinner party or as an afternoon pick-me-up snack. Serve them at your next gathering and watch as your guests praise your excellent baking skills.

If you are looking to add some extra texture and taste to your serving, pair these Chai Latte Cupcakes with a cup of vanilla chai tea or sweet chai. The botanical aroma of vanilla complements the spice mix in the cupcakes, and the sweet notes in the chai tea enhance the caramel brulée frosting taste.

No matter how you serve these cupcakes – on their own or paired up – everyone will surely enjoy a delightful treat that combines two classic favorites: chai lattes and cupcakes.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You'll love the contrasting textures of the moist cupcakes and creamy frosting.
You’ll love the contrasting textures of the moist cupcakes and creamy frosting.

Once you’ve baked these indulgent caramel chai latte cupcakes, you may not be able to resist eating them all in one go. But if you can hold off, they actually store well and taste just as delicious when reheated properly.

To prepare these cupcakes ahead of time, simply bake them according to the recipe stated below. Once done, allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack before storing them in an airtight container. If you’re planning to frost the cupcakes later, wait until they have fully cooled down before adding the frosting.

These cupcakes can also be frozen for up to three months. When ready to eat, thaw the cupcakes in the refrigerator overnight before reheating them in the oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through.

If you wish to store leftover frosting separately, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. You can re-whip the frosting until fluffy by letting it sit at room temperature for about half an hour before using it again.

Reheating these cupcakes is easy too! Simply pop them in a microwave and heat on high for 10-15 seconds or warm in a preheated oven at 325°F for 5-7 minutes.

Remember not to reheat these cupcakes too many times as this may cause them to dry out. So enjoy them fresh from the oven or reheated just once for optimal flavor and texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Each bite is a warm, cozy hug in cupcake form.
Each bite is a warm, cozy hug in cupcake form.

One of the secrets to baking successful cupcakes is knowing how to get them to rise perfectly, with a light and fluffy texture. Here are some tips for making sure your Caramel Chai Latte Cupcakes come out perfectly every time:

1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure all of your ingredients (butter, eggs, milk) are at room temperature before you begin baking. This will help everything blend together smoothly, leading to a more even cake batter.

2. Don’t Over-mix the Batter: Over-mixing can cause your cupcakes to be tough and dense. Mix just until everything is combined and then stop right away.

3. Avoid Moisture: Don’t let any moisture get into your ingredients while you’re measuring them. For example, make sure to dry off wet measuring cups before scooping out flour.

4. Use Proper Measuring Techniques: Be sure that you’re measuring accurately by using a precise measuring cup or scale, especially when it comes to flour and sugar.

5. Bake at the Right Temperature: Preheat your oven to the correct temperature before baking cupcakes. 325°F (160°C) is the perfect temperature for these cupcakes.

6. Check Cupcakes Regularly: Every oven is different, so check on your cupcakes regularly starting around 15 minutes and use the toothpick test to know if they’re done.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to create Caramel Chai Latte Cupcakes that are moist, light, and full of delicious chai spice flavor!


Now that you have all the ingredients and step-by-step instructions to make these delicious caramel chai latte cupcakes, you might still have a few questions before getting started. Don’t worry; I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you troubleshoot any issues you may have while making these cupcakes. Let’s get your questions answered, so you can enjoy those fluffy and flavorful treats in no time!

How to make a dirty chai latte barista?

To start off, the espresso maker is a crucial piece in crafting an excellent espresso. Once that is prepped, boil some water and mix the chai latte powder into it until it blends in seamlessly. After that, stir in some honey to add just the right amount of sweetness. Finish off by pouring in your desired amount of milk, and voila! Your delicious dirty chai latte is ready to be savored.

What is chai latte made of?

Chai tea latte is a beverage that mixes together milk and tea. Typically, this drink is created with black tea and hot milk, but there are variations that incorporate diverse spices and toppings. One popular alternative is Adrak Chai, which combines ginger with tea and milk.

How long to bake cupcakes at 325?

If you intend to bake cupcakes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s important to note that the baking duration will need modifications. For cupcakes that have a cake-like consistency, you should bake them for a period between 20 to 25 minutes. On the other hand, if you want doughy cupcakes, ensure that you bake them for a duration between 15 to 20 minutes.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Caramel Chai Latte Cupcakes are a must-try for all dessert and coffee lovers. The fusion of chai spice and caramel brulée is an unbeatable treat that is both sweet and subtle. This recipe offers a unique twist on traditional cupcakes, making them perfect for special occasions or casual gatherings.

Whether you follow the recipe to the tee or add your spin to it, these cupcakes will undoubtedly please your taste buds. With ingredients like honey, cinnamon, and reduced-fat cream cheese, you can indulge in this dessert without any guilt. Plus, you can make several variations and substitutions to cater to different dietary needs.

Lastly, these cupcakes pair incredibly well with a hot cup of latte or chai latte. So why not turn your tea time into a more special occasion by serving this fantastic dessert? I highly recommend you try this recipe and taste the magic of caramel brulée frosting atop moist and fluffy chai spice cupcakes.

Give in to your cravings and jump on the bandwagon of this delicious dessert trend. I assure you; you won’t regret it!

Caramel Chai Latte Cupcakes

Caramel Chai Latte Cupcakes Recipe

This is NOT your average white cupcake.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Beverage-inspired
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 153.7 kcal


  • 1 lb white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cups skim milk
  • 1/4 cup chai tea mix
  • 1/4 cup caramel syrup
  • 2 cups reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  • Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix cake mix, egg whites, milk, applesauce, and cramel syrup until smooth.
  • Add Oregan Chai mix and mix well. ( I use Oregan Chai Latte Mix, powdered).
  • Fill cupcake liners and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 18 minutes.
  • While cupcakes are cooling, mix cream cheese, confectioners sugar, cinnamon, and honey until smooth.
  • Frost Cupcakes when they are completely cool and then drizzle with caramel syrup.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 67gCalories: 153.7kcalCarbohydrates: 23.7gProtein: 3.4gFat: 5.2gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 11.1mgSodium: 236.2mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 16.6g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Dessert, For Large Groups
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