Chai Buttercream Frosting with Cream Cheese

chai spice buttercream

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Warm spices add flavor to this easy chai buttercream frosting, perfect for decorating cupcakes and layer cakes. Chai tea fans will love it!


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Homemade Chai Mix 

  • 1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3/4 tsp allspice or cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg


  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 block (170 grams) of cream cheese, room temperature or slightly softened
  • 4 cups (460 grams) of powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: A few drops of lemon or lime juice (or white vinegar) to cut sweetness; add to your preference


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a handheld mixer, beat the butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the cream cheese and mix for another 1 minute until well combined and smooth.
  2. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Add chai mix to bowl and incorporate until well-combined.
  3. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out the frosting and create 


This recipe produces enough frosting to coat a six-inch, three-layer cake or 12-18 cupcakes, depending on how much frosting you use. 

Keywords: frosting recipe, chai frosting, cupcake decorating, cake decorating