Chocolate chai birthday cupcakes!

Chocolate chai birthday cupcakes!

Our take on your classic chocolate cupcake! This cake is light, perfectly sweet, and easily spiced with DONA chai concentrate. 

For the cake

yields 20 cupcakes 


  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chai spice dust 
  • 7 oz buttermilk 
  • 3 oz vegetable canola oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 3 oz chai
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7 oz boiling water


  • Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and  chai spice dust  to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
  • Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, chai and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter until well combined.
  • Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the chocolate cake comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
  • Frost cake with masala chai buttercream


The cake batter will be very thin after adding the boiling water. This is correct and results in the most delicious and moist chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted!