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Chocolate Chai Cupcakes

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: cupcakes
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american


Cozy meets decadent in these vegan Chocolate Chai Cupcakes. Easy grain-free batter, super moist and fluffy, plus a spiced buttercream on top!



Chai Spice mix

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp allspice

Cupcake Batter

  • 1/3 cup (105g) maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (80g) coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180g) almond milk (or freshly brewed coffee for a dirty chai!)
  • 1/2 cup (125g) Chocolate SunButter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (140g) cassava flour
  • 3 tbsp (23g) coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chai spice mix (above)

Frosting: homemade or store-bought vanilla frosting + 2 tsps chai spice mix


  1. Mix together the chai spices. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine maple syrup, coconut sugar, almond milk, Chocolate SunButter, and vanilla. Microwave 30 seconds to melt the SunButter slightly, then whisk until smooth.
  3. Add flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix until combined and smooth.
  4. Scoop into a cupcake pan lined with paper liners, filling each 3/4 of the way.
  5. Bake 22-25 minutes at 350°F. 
  6. Cool 10 minutes in the pan, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
  7. Stir spices into your prepared frosting, pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes, swirl the frosting with more Chocolate SunButter.
  8. Enjoy! Leftovers can keep in the fridge for 1-2 days frosted, but unfrosted cupcakes can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days if well sealed.


  • Serving Size: 1 cupcake
  • Calories: 419
  • Sugar: 26g
  • Sodium: 298mg
  • Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 46g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g

Keywords: gluten free, grain free, cassava, chai, spiced, chocolate, nut free, sunbutter, buttercream, dairy free, easy, holiday, dessert, healthy