Tea (cupcakes) for two

There is a new Iron Cupcake Challenge going on right now. The theme is Music and the challenge is to create a cupcake around a song of your choosing. Well, I knew in an instant what I wanted to do!

My cupcake makes good use of Chai Tea and the song that inspired me to make this cupcake is Tea for Two. Tea for Two is a song from the 1925 musical No, No, Nanette which ran on Broadway for 321 executive performances.


Banana Hazelnut Chai Tea Cupcakes
by theUngourmet

1 cup milk
3 Double Spice Chai Tea bags
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs
2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts

Bring the milk almost to boiling. Add the tea bags and steep for about 7-8 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Set aside to cool.


Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter, eggs, vanilla, bananas, hazelnuts, and Chai tea/milk.


Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.


Fill cupcake liners 2/3 - 3/4 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. I made some minis too and they were done in about 12-14 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Makes about 20 cupcakes


Honey and Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp milk

Combine the butter, cinnamon, honey, vanilla, and 1 tbsp of milk. Gradually add in the powdered sugar. Add more milk a tsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.

I found these super cute autumn leaf sprinkles to put on top. Aren't they sweet!

Print recipe


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Mini Baker said...

wow! I'm for sure bookmarking this mostly because of the frosting... honey in any kind of frosting is amazing :)
-Mini Baker

Ginger said...

I will take a pound of the delicious sounding frosting along with a dozen cupcakes please. THANK YOU!! Those cupcakes are unique, delectable and outstanding!! Did I cover everything?

The Blonde Duck said...

How cute!

Cairo Typ0 said...

banana hazelnut, icing, sprinkles... *dies* YUMmmm!! :)

Jhonny walker said...

just yesterday i was almost making chai peach muffin..from a recipe I suppose you posted a while ago!
Thank goodness I did not..for this will be a killer! nice theme song too :)

Faith said...

I bet the chai tea makes these really delish! Not to mention the fabulous looking buttercream! Yum!

noble pig said...

Wow, I didn't even know there was double spiced chai tea, I'll have to look for it at the grocery store!! Amazing little cakes too.

Krista said...

Whoa! Banana Hazlenut Chai Tea cupcakes with Honey and Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting!? Genius. I love these and I haven't even tasted them. I've gotta try them.

TKW said...

I love everything chai!! And those sprinkles are adorable!

ck said...

Do you have any idea how FANTASTIC you are? Seriously. What perfectly amazing cupcakes.

Would you send me one if I told you tomorrow was my birthday?

(PS: I have more of your pages bookmarked than any other recipe site.)

Rita said...

that sounds delicious!

Megan said...

These sound fabulous! Especially with that frosting. I love your cupcake wrappers and fall sprinkles!

Chow and Chatter said...

awesome cupcakes nice to add tea

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Very creative! Sounds delish, especially the frosting.

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

I'm a complete Dunce in the kitchen and about the only thing I do well are cupcakes. Thank you for this fabulous recipe...can't wait to give it a try!

Thanks for the visit, would love to stay in touch with you and your lovely blog!

Kimmay said...

Well I just love this post. Not only am I a musical theatre nerd, but I wrote a whole post on things that about Tea, but not actual tea!


I don't like drinking tea, but I love tea stuff. And I think I could handle these cupcakes- amazing!

teresa said...

gurl, you need to go into the cupcake business, you are awesome at coming up with incredible cupcakes!

Danielle said...

omg! YUM! (and I love that old song...now it's stuck in my head LOL). so which is better, the cupcake or the icing? Usually one is better than the other but I have a feeling in this case, its a draw.

KennyT said...

The frosting looks so yum! And tea cupcakes? I'm so interested to know how wonderful it tastes!

Table Talk said...

Used to sing Tea for Two to my girls when they were babies and get great belly laughs...then they realized my singing was atrocious.
The flavors in your cupcakes sound delicious!

doggybloggy said...

wow there is an over load of candy corn colors going on - and tea for two.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Way to go girl!

Megan said...

I could just lick that frosting. Love the little spice flecks in it. And the sprinkles and matchicg paper cups make for a very festive treat. These are right up my alley! :)

Simply Colette said...

Those look scrumptious. My mom and I are both chai-ddicts. ;) I can just imagine how good they taste.

Lisa said...

Clever cupcakes! The combination of flavors sounds wonderful...... and I always like your choice of music.

Jenn said...

Oooo...this is new to me. I never would have thought to use tea in a cupcake. Love it!! This is definitely going in the bookmarked section. Very much love the frosting too.

Katy ~ said...

Chai is a warm spicy flavor that I wager goes very well in these cupcakes. With that delectable frosting, I imagine these little bites are just heavenly! Will save to my stash of must-make recipes. YUMM

Cathy said...

Love the flavors you've combined in these cakes, Kim. I haven't cooked for a week so am looking forward to getting back into the kitchen. And I'm craving something sweet.

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Oh, wow! Those look amazing!!! And I LOVE Chai tea!!!

jenjen said...

Mmm, I wish I had one of those right now. Looks so delicious. And I love the sprinkles on top!


Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

The flavors in these are absolutely scrumptious!! Love the cinnamon buttercream! You definitely have my wote!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Very festive looking cupcakes and the Chai tea is an interesting addition, I bet with the honey in the frosting these cupcakes taste amazing!

Anonymous said...

Wow, such incredible flavors in these cupcakes! I love the autumn leave sprinkles on top!

Mary said...

These are really cute and the frosting sounds delicious.

girlichef said...

Oh, great interpretation!! They sound amazing :D

Joanne said...

The cupcake idea is excellent, especially given the theme! But I have to say. I am most taken aback by the frosting. I will DEFINITELY be making it!

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

I love chai. These look great. Am going to try these this weekend. Thanks for the recipe.

Stephanie said...

You come up with the greatest flavor marriages! ;-) I'm always so impressed and inspired!

Divine Mrs D said...

Those look AMAZING!! That frosting looks great. I need to copy that recipe...

And this will sound ridiculous, but I did a toe-light dance in marching band to 'Tea For Two.' Cute song!

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