Chai Cream Cheese Frosting is a velvety, creamy spread with the flavors of warm, aromatic chai spice. Prepared in minutes, this delectable frosting elevates cakes, cupcakes, waffles, and more with its unique sweet and enticing flavor.
We love to make a batch of this chai frosting then enjoy it for a few days on various desserts and sweets. Our chai spiced frosting combines the traditional creaminess of cream cheese frosting with the distinct aroma of chai spice. Trust us, once you have this chai spiced frosting, you won't want normal frosting again!
Looking for other frosting recipes? Check out our Vanilla Mascarpone Frosting.
About Chai Frosting
- Taste - This frosting is buttery with a warm accent.
- Texture - It is perfectly velvety and fluffy.
- Time - This frosting recipe is easy. It takes just 5 minutes to whip up.
- Effort - This frosting requires minimal effort. All you need to do is whisk the spices and whip the other ingredients.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Cream cheese - Cream cheese is the base of the frosting.
- Butter - Butter makes the frosting extra rich.
- Powdered sugar - Powdered sugar provides extra sweetness.
- Vanilla - Vanilla adds complexity and sweetness to the frosting.
- Cinnamon - Cinnamon has a warm and woodsy flavor.
- Ginger - Ginger provides a pungent spice.
- Cardamom - Cardamom is a sweet aromatic with a little spice.
- Nutmeg - Nutmeg provides a nutty sweetness.
- Cloves - Cloves are warm, spicy, and pungent.
- Allspice - Allspice adds a unique earthiness.
See recipe card for quantities.
- Store-bought chai spice - Use store-bought chai spice instead of making your own to save time.
- Chocolate chai frosting - Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to make the spread chocolatey.
- Whisk spices - Whisk all of the spices together in a bowl.
- Whip ingredients - Whip the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. (Photo 1)
- Add dry ingredients - Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, salt, and spices to the frosting and whip on high for 15 seconds. (Photo 2 and 3)
- Use - Put the frosting in the fridge until ready to use. Enjoy on cakes, cupcakes, and more! (Photo 4)
Pro tip - Add more powdered sugar to the frosting to make it stiff if you plan to pipe it.
What to Serve with Chai Frosting
This versatile frosting goes well with so many sweets! Whip up a batch to top desserts like chocolate, lemon, or carrot cakes. It is also delicious on shortcakes, skillet cookies, or ice cream. Finally, add it to French toast, pancakes, or waffles for an extra sweet breakfast.
Refrigerate leftover frosting in an airtight container for up to 1 week. You can also freeze this cream cheese frosting for up to 2 months in a freezer-safe container.
- If the cream cheese frosting gets too soft, chill it in the refrigerator to make it easier to spread.
- Add more chai spice mix to enhance the chai flavor.
Add more powdered sugar to make the frosting firm then transfer it to a piping bag and frost it onto your desired dessert.
Chai frosting is cream cheese frosting mixed with chai spice. The result is a sweet and decadent frosting with warmth and a little spice.
Yes, you can make this frosting up 1 week ahead of time, just kept in an airtight container. When you are ready to use it, lightly whisk or stir it to get it back to its original consistency.
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Chai Cream Cheese Frosting
- Whisk all of the spices together in a bowl.½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom, ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves, ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
- Whip the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, salt, and spices to the frosting and whip on high for 15 seconds.8 oz cream cheese, ½ cup butter,, 4 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Put the frosting in the fridge until ready to use. This recipe yields enough frosting for 12 cupcakes or a single-layer cake. Double the recipe for 24 cupcakes or a layered cake.
- Refrigerate leftover frosting in an airtight container for up to 1 week. You can also freeze cream cheese frosting for up to 2 months in a freezer-safe container.