Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting

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Looking for a sweet to go along with tea time? Try my Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting!

Let’s talk tea.   I’ve always been a big tea drinker.  In the summer I enjoy an iced cold glass of black tea while in the winter I love drinking a mug of hot flavored tea.   There are so many different flavors out there that it’s hard to choose just one!

Looking for a mid-day pick me up? "Tea Proudly" with a mug of hot tea and one of my Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting!

As a child whenever I was having a bad day or I didn’t feel well or I got a bad grade on a test I knew that my dad would be there to make me a cup of “Daddy’s Special Tea.”  No matter how bad my mood was I always felt better after my first sip.  It’s basically a cup of flavored Bigelow hot tea with honey and lemon but there’s a lot of love in there too.   In fact, my husband and I still make each other “Daddy’s Special Tea” when we are having a bad day.

Since I like to drink a variety of flavors I usually buy Bigelow Tea.  Bigelow Tea has a huge variety of flavored teas.   I like that each tea bag is wrapped in a foil wrapper to ensure freshness.  It’s also nice because I can put multiple flavors in my tea canister and I always know which tea bag is which because there is a label on each foil package.

Did you know that tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world?  Only water beats it!  Plus 82% of Americans drink tea and it’s because an American tradition!  So more and more Americans are choosing to “Tea Proudly” by sharing a cup with friends or family and making it a social event as well as a way to warm up and soothe the soul.

Enjoying the afternoon on my sun porch with a Vanilla Chai Cupcakes and a cup of Bigelow Constant Comment Tea

So I’ve told you that I enjoy a cup of tea when I’m feeling down but that isn’t the only time I like one.  I often enjoy a cup of hot tea with a sweet treat in the afternoon.  It’s a great way to give myself a few minutes of peace while enjoying a snack and warming up my body.  If it’s warm enough I like to sit out on our sun porch, soak up the rays, and have a few minutes alone.  Of course if my husbands home he likes to join me and we have a nice chat over a cup of tea and some sweets.

Everything you need to make a tasty Orange Frosting to go with my Vanilla Chai Cupcakes

Bigelow Tea isn’t just for drinking.  I like infusing it into my sweet treats as well.   One of my favorite sweets are cupcakes.  I really like these Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting.  I am able to get all the ingredients I need for them at my local Walmart store.  The milk for the cupcakes is infused with Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea.  It gives the cupcake a subtle flavors of spices and vanilla.  Then I infuse the milk for the frosting with Bigelow Constant Comment tea.   This gives the frosting a hint of orange and spices which works really well with the sweetness.

Need a mid-day pick me up? Grab one of my Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting with a mug of Bigelow Tea!

The cupcakes are fairly firm which I think goes well with a cup of hot tea.   The frosting is piled high on top and the entire cupcake is sweet and delicious.  My husband likes to enjoy his with a cup of Bigelow Green Tea while I like to have a cup of Constant Comment.  I feel like the Constant Comment brings out the orange notes in the frosting.

Grab one of these Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting infused with Bigelow Teas!

Looking for a sweet to go along with tea time? Try my Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting!

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting

Yield: 1 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A moist and delicious Vanilla Chai cupcake topped with a light vanilla orange frosting.


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1 Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea Bag

For the frosting:

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1 Bigelow Constant Comment Tea Bag
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar. Mix well until smooth.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until combined. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. Place the milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and add the Vanilla Chai tea bag. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Mixture will be thick.
  7. Add in the milk and stir until a smooth batter forms.
  8. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners filling each about 2/3 of the way full.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Place the butter in a large bowl. Beat it with a mixer until smooth. Add in 2 cups of the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  11. Place the milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 40 seconds. Add in the Constant Comment tea bag and steep for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove the tea bag and add the milk and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix until smooth.
  13. Add in the remaining powdered sugar a half cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  14. Pipe the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and enjoy with a mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea.


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Need a mid-day pick me up? Grab one of my Vanilla Chai Cupcakes with Orange Frosting with a mug of Bigelow Tea!


One Comment

  1. Hmmm, vanilla chai tea is my favorite and I love that you used it in your cupcake recipe. And I agree, there is something about tea that just makes you feel better. I have similar memories of my Nana making me tea as a little girl when we’d have our chats during a visit. You just don’t get that with other drinks. 🙂 #client

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