Vanilla Chai Muffins {Recipe}

December 12, 2012


Vanilla Chai Muffins

I have been loving my chai tea recently, so much so that I felt compelled to have it in cake form. I’m not a big lover of Christmas cake or mince pies so I thought this would be a good alternative… after all chai does have cinnamon in! These Vanilla Chai Muffins are really comforting and feel like a really naught treat.


120ml whole milk
3 vanilla chai tea bags
140g caster sugar
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/4tsp vanilla extract

For the frosting
150g icing sugar
25g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g cream cheese, cold
ground cinnamon to sprinkle over the top



  • Put the milk in a jug and add the three tea bags to soak. I left it overnight in the fridge covered with some cling film
  • Preheat the oven to 170˚c (Gas 3)
  • Cream the sugar and butter together then add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and mix well.
  • Strain the tea bags out of the milk then beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Pour half the milk into the flour mixture then beat well until smooth, slowly pour in the remaining milk and continue mixing for a couple of minutes.
  • Spoon the mixture into paper cases and bake in the pre-heated over for 20-30 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream together the butter and icing sugar
  • Add the cream cheese and beat well for five minutes. I find it easier to start if off by hand so the icing sugar doesn’t go everywhere then use a handheld electric mixer.
  • Pipe or spread onto the muffins and sprinkle over as much cinnamon as desired!
Excuse my messy frosting; piping is not my specialty but they tasted good and that is the main thing!
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  • Jen Walshaw

    Oh yum, these sound delicious. I love chai

    December 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm Reply
    • Hayley Smith

      First time I’ve tried baking with it and I’d definitely make them again! They didn’t last long 🙂

      December 13, 2012 at 11:42 am Reply

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