Vanilla Chai Buttercream Frosting Recipe -
Vanilla Chai Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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Vanilla Chai Buttercream Frosting

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"Bring the spicy, comforting flavors of chai tea to traditional buttercream frosting."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    5 mins


  1. Pour the half and half into a microwave safe mug and heat in microwave for 45 seconds.
  2. Remove the mug from the microwave and place the tea bag in the mug to steep.
  3. Mix butter for one minute with electric mixer on medium speed. Add powdered sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and vanilla extract. Mix at low speed. After powdered sugar is incorporated into the butter, increase speed to medium and add the tea infused half and half.
  4. Add additional powder sugar if frosting needs a stiffer consistency.
  5. Use immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator up to one month.
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Jan 11, 2013

This is one of the best frostings I have ever had. I wasn't sure what kind of cake to put it on so I used a french vanilla cake and added a little cardamom to mix. It is delicious. I think I am going to put it on cinnamon rolls next. Try it you won't be disappointed.

Oct 13, 2013

Holy Cow, this is delicious. Excellent taste, especially if you are a chai tea fan. I made a vegan version by replacing the half and half with equal parts full-fat coconut milk and plain unsweetened hemp milk. I used Earth Balance soy-free buttery spread. Next time I will try and replace the powdered sugar with home-made coconut sugar, by just placing it in a blender and blending until powdered.


17 Ratings

Sep 27, 2013

I made this with the Pumpkin Ginger Cupcake recipe and it was a real winner. Perfect fall treat. Lu Ann

Feb 15, 2014

This is a fantastic recipe! I put it on a white cake. It was tasty, but subtle. The frosting didn't overwhelm the flavor of the cake. I think it would go really well with pumpkin bars.

Mar 29, 2014

This is the best buttercream frosting!!!

Jan 21, 2014

Loved this, quick and easy to make! I used this as a filling for some chocolate French macarons and it was a perfect complement!

Dec 29, 2013

Love love love this recipe!! It is delicious over the Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes from OVIEDOGIRL. The powder sugar I add until the consistency I want for my buttercream; it never is what the recipe calls for but that just depends on the humidity and the weather when I decide to make the buttercream.

May 11, 2014

OMG! I just made's sooo good! I've already eaten about 1/2 cup straight out of the bowl! Just a few minor changes because I didn't have cardamom. I used a Chai tea bag instead of Black (to pick up the cardamom flavor) and cut the other 3 spices (cinnamon, cloves and ginger) in half. This is one of the best frostings I've ever had. I put it on chocolate cupcakes as it was the only mix in the house. Very excited to actually try some frosting ON the cupcake and not just on a spoon!


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  • Calories
  • 460 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 63 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 24 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 167 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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