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Chocolate Chai Cupcakes

What you need: 

1 1/4 cups water
2 chai tea bags
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, line cupcake pan. Boil the water and add the two tea bags. Let steep while you are mixing the other ingredients.
2. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder.
3. Take the tea bags out of the water and measure 1 cup tea, set aside. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add vanilla, oil, tea, and vinegar. Stir until just mixed.
4. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full, and bake 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
I frosted them with garam masala frosting, and it was great.
Source of recipe: Modified from the chocolate cake recipe in The Joy of Vegan Baking cookbook by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Preparation Time: 
15 minutes, Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20-25 minutes
Recipe Category: 


These turned out great for me! After reading the reviews, I used 1/2tsp of baking powder, and they did not end up rising very much(if at all), but they tasted GREAT and had a very good texture. I did sub applesauce for the oil and used 3/4c white flour and 3/4c whole wheat flour. I kinda thought tHe chai flavor would be more pronounced, but it was pretty subtle. I liked that it didn't make a ton too... I made up 12, which is a perfect # of the size of my family.

I frosted them with the chocolate frosting from How It All Vegan.

Yummy. Would def make again.


These are not very forgiving cupcakes  :-\

I used 1/2 cup date sugar, a squirt of agave, and applesauce instead of oil.
They still weren't very sweet, though that may have been due to the epic sweetness of the pudding-that-was-supposed-to-be-frosting that I made  :3
I have to use low-glycemic sweetener, or my blood sugar spikes so bad I get sick.
The chai taste didn't come through too well, either...

The texture was okay... nothing to jump for joy about, but perfectly edible.

They were okay, and the idea is good, but they just don't suit my needs.
I may try one later, but the pudding disguised as frosting I made didn't work out for these, and I can't find any other frosting to make for them, so that sort of ruins the cupcake part of it anyway. (I frosted one to try it, so the others are just sitting on the rack, frosting-less)

I'm sure they'll get eaten by someone, or I'll make normal frosting for them so my parents can take them to work tomorrow.
I'll figure it out. Thanks for the recipe anyway, the idea is great.


You assume correctly. That would definitely be a typo. My bad. Sheesh.


"1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder"

1/4 what?  I assume cup...


I live in a place where "chai teabags" are unknown. I guess I could try making tea with my own chai masala mix. I'll let you know.


I've made these cupcakes for family picnic and they were a HIT! Delicious, moist and soooo addictive! Children loved them and nobody could believe they were vegan! Two thumbs up!!  ;)b


I can't believe how delicious these cupcakes are! I'm not usually a fan of sweets, but my boyfriend and I licked the bowl clean while these were in the oven! I'm new to veganinsm and love trying out new recipes, especially when I find ones I will use over and over! My birthday is coming up next week and I am so excited to use this recipe for my cake.


These are very good, I just made them for a birthday party tomorrow. Yay ^_^ everyone should love them.


These = The best cupcakes I have ever made or eaten in my entire life, ever.
Out of the 75 pounds that I lost, I'd say a good portion of it was cupcakes.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!


These were pretty dang tasty. Used frosting recipe , and they were delicious. Little crumbly though, but just made them fun to eat I suppose.



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