Chai Cupcakes with Lemongrass-Mint Whipped Cream

February 12, 2012

Oh hello there kitchen…It’s so nice to see you again!  You see, I’ve been on the road for the last month and a half interviewing for residency positions.  All the constant traveling has given me little time to cook, not to mention photograph and blog what I’ve been making!  I have had quite a few memorable meals, though, but I have missed the blog.  I decided to celebrate blogging again by making something sweet.  When I put up the chai post, a couple of my friends commented that they were so happy to be able to make the chai at home, but weren’t sure if they would be able to use up all of the masala in a reasonable amount of time.  That request, and a little inspiration from the Lion’s sister (who makes AMAZING chai cupcakes) prompted me to make these cupcakes!

Making the cupcakes

In the summer time when my parents have fresh mint growing like a weed in the garden, we make our chai spruced up with fresh lemongrass and fresh mint.  I absolutely love that chai, and thought it would be nice to try to capture that beautiful flavor combination in a cupcake.  I wanted to maintain a nice chai flavor in the cupcake part itself and thought that a slightly sweet, lemongrass-mint whipped cream would be a nice complement to a spicy chai cupcake.

Chai Cupcakes
I turned to the lovely Ad Hoc at Home for a base cupcake recipe.  I used the white cupcake recipe and spiced it up with some double strength, unsweetened chai, and a good helping of chai masala.  I then steeped some lemongrass and mint in the whipped cream.  One quick note about the cupcake recipe I used is that it is a tad bit persnickety–a cupcake batter is made, then you make a meringue, and then fold that into the batter.  They are delicious, but do feel free to take your favorite white cupcake recipe, eliminate the vanilla, and add the chai instead of the liquid in the recipe and a teaspoon of chai masala to make it extra spicy.  Enjoy!
Chai Cupcakes with Lemongrass-Mint Frosting


Chai Cupcakes with Lemongrass-Mint Whipped Cream

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Prep: Cook: Yield: 12 cupcakesTotal:

Moist chai cupcakes made with extra strong chai, topped with a refreshing lemongrass-mint whipped cream.

You'll Need...

  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp. black mamri style tea
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. chai masala, divided
  • For the Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. dried crushed mint
  • 6 3 inch sprigs dried lemongrass
  • 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar or more to taste


  1. Make the chai for the cupcakes:
  2. Combine the milk and the water in a spouted pot and add the black tea and 1/2 tsp. chai masala.  Bring to a boil, and cook until it is dark brown color with strong aromas of tea.  Strain and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Start the whipped cream:
  4. Place 1/3 of the whipped cream in a small saucepan along with the mint and lemongrass until just below a simmer.  Take off the stove and place in the fridge to allow to cool.
  5. Make the cupcakes:
  6. Preheat the oven to 350F.  Line one 12 cupcake tin with papers.
  7. Mix together the flour, baking powder, remaining chai masala (1 tsp.) and salt in a large bowl.
  8. Cream together the butter and 3/4 cup of the sugar in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Be sure to scrape down the sides frequently.  Once the butter and sugar are well combined, begin to add the flour mixture and the chai.  Add the flour mixture in the three parts, and the chai in two parts starting with the flour and alternating with the chai.  Mix well after each addition.  Transfer to a large bowl, and clean and dry the stand mixer bowl very well.
  9. Put the egg whites in the stand mixer bowl, and fit the mixer with the whisk attachment.  Whisk on medium speed until the eggs get foamy.  Increase the speed to medium high and slowly add in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar.  Continue to beat on high speed until the egg whites become nearly stiff peaked.
  10. Fold in 1/3 of the egg white into the chai batter to lighten it up a bit.  Once it has lightened up, add the remaining 2/3 of the egg white mixture and carefully fold into the batter.  Portion out the batter into the cupcake liners until they are about 2/3 full.  Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, rotate, and bake for another 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.  Cool.
  11. Make the whipped cream:
  12. Strain the whipped cream into the bowl of the stand mixer and combine with the remaining 2/3 of the whipped cream.  Begin to beat at slow speed until foamy.  Slowly add powdered sugar and increase speed.  Taste the cream and see if you would like more sugar and see if you would like more sugar.  Beat until the cream holds soft peaks.
  13. Finish it up:
  14. Once the cupcakes are totally cool, frost with whipped cream and enjoy!

Additional Notes

Cupcake base recipe adapted from


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  • Reply Amrita Rawat February 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Nice! I'm intrigued by the combo of mint and lemongrass with chai! As for your residency stuff, how'd it go? My bf is going to start his interviews next year, I'm nervous/excited about what city we'll end up in 🙂

  • Reply Deeps @ Naughty Curry February 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

    love the flavours going on there.. that must have been one tasty cupcake

  • Reply Suresh February 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    What a clever recipe! You elevate our chai masala to unprecedented heights.

  • Reply Anh February 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    oh chai cupcakes! love the idea!

  • Reply February 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    @Amrita: The combination is delicious! Even if you don't make the cupcakes, you should def add some lemongrass and mint to your chai…it's great! Interviewing went great, it was fun to explore the country and the Lion and I are couple's matching. Good luck to you and your BF!

    @Deeps: Thanks! They were pretty tasty!

    @Dad: It's your masala that makes it AWESOME!

    @Anh: Thanks so much!

  • Reply Divya February 21, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Wow! That's one unique cupcake. I love the unusual combination of flavours!

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  • Reply kankana February 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    with chai ? I don't know how much I will like it but i can already say about the flavor it will have. Lemon and mint .. awsm!

  • Reply Sydney @ The Crepes of Wrath April 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I love this idea, especially the lemongrass and mint whipped cream!

  • Reply notyet100 April 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Luv these,..:)

  • Reply April 17, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    @Divya: Thanks so much!

    @parenting articles: Thanks!

    @kankana: You should try them out! They are pretty tasty!

    @Syndney: The whipped cream is actually pretty good! Thanks!

    @notyet100: Thanks!

  • Reply Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I came across this link for your site on pintrest and I found this recipe…I can't wait to make these cupcakes! I am not even a big sweet eater but these are a must make. Thank You for the recipes, Tracy

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