Delicious Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Hey, coffee lovers! Are you tired of sipping on the same old latte every day? Well, I’ve got a recipe that’ll put some pep in your step and add a little spice to your life – Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes that are completely gluten-free!

This isn’t just any ordinary cupcake recipe. These indulgent treats have rich flavors of black tea, aromatic spices like ground cardamom and ginger, and sweet vanilla undertones that make them ideal for a cozy afternoon or evening snack.

But why mini-cupcakes, you ask? They’re the perfect size for satisfying those sweet tooth cravings without the guilt or calorie overload. Plus, they’re easy to share or take with you on-the-go.

Now, I know what you might be thinking – “I’m not great in the kitchen” or “I don’t have time for this.” Trust me, with a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, these chai latte mini-cupcakes will be ready in no time.

So grab your apron and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)
Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)

Hey there! Are you a fan of chai lattes? Do you enjoy the warm, comforting aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and allspice in your morning cuppa? Then, boy, do I have a treat for you! Allow me to introduce you to the Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes (Gluten-Free) Recipe.

Now, I know what you might be thinking, “Why bother with mini cupcakes?” or “I never really got into gluten-free baking.” But hear me out. These little bites are more than just another excuse for portion control or part of a dietary restriction. They are the perfect balance of spice, sweetness, and texture that will make your taste buds dance after each bite.

One thing that sets this recipe apart is the mix of ground spices. The combination of ginger, cardamom, cloves, allspice, pepper, coriander and cinnamon adds depth and complexity to the cupcake base. Paired with a warm black tea flavor and the sweetness of brown sugar these cupcakes deliver a chai latte experience without having to leave your house.

Also, did I mention they’re easy to make? With just a few simple gluten-free ingredients (including xanthan gum), you can whip up a batch in no time. Whether you’re an experienced baker or new to gluten-free cooking these cupcakes are sure to impress.

Finally, who doesn’t love individual servings? These mini cupcakes are perfect for sharing with others or can be enjoyed by yourself as a sweet treat throughout the day. So go ahead and indulge in this guilt-free pleasure. Trust me; your taste buds won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to indulge your taste buds with these heavenly Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes!
Get ready to indulge your taste buds with these heavenly Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes!

Ingredient List for Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes Recipe

Before starting with the recipe, make sure to have all the ingredients ready. Gluten-free all-purpose flour and xanthan gum are a must if you want to make these cupcakes gluten-free. Also, be sure to have spices such as ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cardamom, and ground cloves on hand, which are essential in making chai latte flavor. Here’s a complete list of what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • ¾ tsp Ground Cardamom
  • ½ tsp Ground Cloves
  • ½ tsp Ground Allspice
  • A pinch of Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar + 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1 cup Black Tea
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar

Note: For Vegan Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes, substitute milk and eggs with vegan options, such as almond or soy milk and applesauce or banana.

The Recipe How-To

 Cupcakes that are gluten-free? Yes, please! Give them a try today.
Cupcakes that are gluten-free? Yes, please! Give them a try today.

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of loose leaf or 2 chai tea bags with ½ cup of hot milk. Steep for at least five minutes and strain.

In another bowl, sift together 1 ½ cups of gluten-free all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, coriander, allspice, and cloves. Add ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper to add a subtle kick.

In a separate mixing bowl, cream together ½ cup of unsalted butter at room temperature and ¾ cup of brown sugar. Beat in two eggs, one at a time. Stir in the cooled tea/milk mixture and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until combined.

Scoop about two tablespoons of batter into each muffin cup using an ice cream scoop. Bake at 325 F for approximately 15 -18 minutes, or until done. Let it cool completely before frosting.

Optional: top with vegan chai spice buttercream frosting or Italian meringue buttercream for an extra flavor kick. Enjoy every bite of these gluten-free chai latte mini cupcakes!

Substitutions and Variations

 Let the aroma of chai spices fill your kitchen as you bake these cupcakes.
Let the aroma of chai spices fill your kitchen as you bake these cupcakes.

Listen up coffee enthusiasts, this is where you can get creative! You can easily mix and match flavors, or adjust the recipe to your dietary needs. Let’s explore some possible substitutions and variations for this Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes recipe.

Firstly, let’s talk about the gluten-free aspect of this recipe. If you don’t have any gluten-free flour on hand, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour. Moreover, if you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, then you can replace the milk with almond milk or soy milk.

Secondly, the tea type that you choose can make a big difference in the flavor profile of your cupcakes. While black tea is traditionally used to make chai lattes, you could experiment with other tea types such as green tea or rooibos.

Thirdly, if you want to elevate these mini cupcakes even further, adding a frosting could do the trick! A popular choice for chai lattes is vanilla chai spice buttercream frosting. This would be made by mixing two sticks of butter at room temperature with 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Then add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger, ground cardamom, ground cloves, and ground allspice.

In conclusion, don’t be afraid to get creative with this recipe. Try out different flavor combinations and share your creations on social media too!

Serving and Pairing

 Chickpea flour and almond flour are the perfect gluten-free alternative for a fluffy and moist cupcake.
Chickpea flour and almond flour are the perfect gluten-free alternative for a fluffy and moist cupcake.


Once the chai latte mini cupcakes are cooled, they can be enjoyed as a delicious snack or dessert. You can serve them paired with a hot cup of chai latte or any other tea of your choice to enhance the flavor of this gluten-free treat. If you’re feeling fancy, you can also add a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla chai spice buttercream frosting to make them more indulgent.

These mini cupcakes are perfect for serving at a brunch spread, picnic, or as part of an afternoon tea. Their small size makes them ideal for sharing or as bite-sized treats for guests to grab and enjoy.

For those who like to experiment with different flavor combinations, you can also pair these mini chai cupcakes with an iced coffee or latte. This will provide a nice contrast between the spicy notes of the cupcakes and the sweetness and bitterness of the coffee.

Overall, these mini chai latte cupcakes are versatile and can be served in many ways. Whether you want to serve them as a snack, dessert, or party treat, they are sure to impress and satisfy any sweet tooth craving, while being gluten-free and easy to make!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These bite-sized treats are perfect to share with your friends and family at a cozy get-together.
These bite-sized treats are perfect to share with your friends and family at a cozy get-together.

If you’re planning to make the chai latte mini cupcakes ahead of time, you can store the unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. You can also freeze the unfrosted cupcakes for up to two months by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and placing them inside a resealable freezer bag.

For reheating, simply place the unfrosted cupcakes in a preheated oven at 325 F (160 C) for five minutes. If you want to add frosting, let the cupcakes cool completely before piping on your favorite frosting like vanilla chai spice or buttercream frosting.

Keep in mind that the longer the cupcakes are stored, the drier they might become. To prevent this, try not to overbake them in the first place and store them properly in an airtight container. And if you’re planning on serving them with tea or coffee, warm them up for about 10 seconds in the microwave before enjoying.

With these make-ahead and reheating tips, you can enjoy fresh and delicious chai latte mini cupcakes anytime, anywhere!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Looking for a unique dessert to impress your guests? These mini-cupcakes do the trick!
Looking for a unique dessert to impress your guests? These mini-cupcakes do the trick!

When it comes to making mini-cupcakes, every detail counts. Here are some tips to ensure that your gluten-free chai latte mini-cupcakes come out perfectly every time.

Firstly, ensure that your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them together. This is especially important for the eggs, as they will mix better with the other ingredients when they are at room temperature.

Secondly, make sure to properly measure each ingredient, especially the gluten-free flour blend. It’s best to use a kitchen scale to measure the flour accurately, but if you don’t have one, make sure to fluff up the flour with a fork and then gently spoon it into a measuring cup. Avoid packing the flour into the cup or tapping it down, as this will result in an inaccurate measurement.

Thirdly, do not overmix the batter. Overmixing can cause the cupcakes to be dense and tough instead of light and fluffy. Mix until everything is just combined.

Fourthly, preheat your oven properly and check its temperature with an oven thermometer. Some ovens have hotspots that can cause uneven baking, so rotating the muffin tins halfway through baking can help solve this problem.

Fifthly, be careful not to overfill the muffin tins with batter because they will rise as they bake. Fill each liner about ¾ full to avoid spilling over.

Lastly, wait until the cupcakes have completely cooled before icing them. Warm cupcakes can cause buttercream frosting to melt and run off.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make delicious and moist gluten-free chai latte mini-cupcakes every time!


Now that you have learned all about the ingredients and steps involved in making these delectable chai latte mini-cupcakes, you may still have some questions or concerns. In this section, I will address some of the most frequently asked questions and give you tips to perfect your recipe. So, let’s get started!

Is Chai Latte mix gluten-free?

If you prefer chai, it’s good to know that the typical base for it is black tea sourced from the Camellia sinensis plant, which doesn’t contain any gluten. This means that both hot and cold tea made from tea bags or loose leaf blends should be gluten-free as long as they haven’t been contaminated during production.

How do you keep gluten free cupcakes fresh?

Looking for ways to keep your gluten-free cupcakes tasting fresh for a couple of days? Well, I suggest that you cover the cooled cupcakes tightly with plastic wrap and store them at room temperature. This will ensure that the cupcakes stay moist and soft for up to 48 hours.

Why do my gluten free cupcakes sink?

As a skilled barista, I have come across instances where homemade bread turns out to be dense and hard instead of soft and fluffy. But don’t worry, there are ways to prevent this situation. Firstly, avoid over-kneading the dough as it can cause the bread to sink. It is advisable to mix until everything is just incorporated and stop there.

If you find that your homemade bread is too moist, it could be due to an excess of liquid in the mix. In such cases, try reducing the liquid measurement by 1-2 tablespoons, or adding an equal amount of flour to the dough. Furthermore, adding too much xanthan or guar gum can also lead to sinking loaves, and thus it’s essential to use the recommended amount.

Is Hostess cupcakes gluten-free?

The main ingredient in Hostess Cupcakes is enriched wheat flour, making it unsuitable for individuals on a gluten-free diet. Hostess provides allergen information on the label and includes a warning that the product contains wheat.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes are a must-try for anyone who loves the warm and comforting flavors of chai tea. With their gluten-free option, they are perfect for those who have dietary restrictions. These cupcakes are also versatile and can be paired with a variety of beverages or enjoyed on their own. And with different variations and substitutions available, you can experiment and make them your own.

So why not take a little break from your daily routine and whip up a batch of these delicious treats? After all, life is meant to be enjoyed, and what better way to do that than with a warm cup of tea and a freshly baked Chai Latte Mini-Cupcake? Don’t hesitate to give this recipe a try – I guarantee it will become a new favorite!

Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)

Chai Latte Mini-Cupcakes (Gluten-Free) Recipe

Easy to make and delicious - modify spices according to your likes and what you've got in your pantry. You can make this recipe omitting the tea and spices for plain vanilla cupcakes (or other flavours) - just skip the steeping part and use regular milk. You can also make regular-sized cupcakes, but you will need to adjust baking time. All-purpose flour can also be substituted for the brown rice flour, just omit the xanthan gum. Top with 1/2 recipe of this ( frosting or your favourite.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 24 mini-cupcakes
Calories 98.6 kcal



  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 black tea bags, or
  • 2 tablespoons loose leaf tea
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (optional)


  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground star anise
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum


  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • In a small saucepan or microwave oven, heat milk until almost boiling; remove from heat. Add teabags and steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze as much liquid as possible from teabags and add vinegar (if using), Measure and add more milk (if necessary) to equal 3/4 cup. Set aside.
  • Sift dry ingredients together.
  • Cream sugar and oil; add eggs and vanilla. Beat until thick and creamy,.
  • Incorporate dry ingredients, alternating with chai latte; beat minimally.
  • Spoon into mini-cupcake moulds and bake in 350F (preheated) oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Serving: 803gCalories: 98.6kcalCarbohydrates: 14.3gProtein: 1.5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 18.7mgSodium: 58.3mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 6g
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