Chai Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting for SPCA National Cupcake Day-Giveaway

I love animals and ever since I was a child there has almost always been one in my house. I went from being a devoted dog lover to completely cat obsessed, but having a pet is just a way of life for me. And with very few exceptions, our pets were always adopted from the Regina Humane Society. I am a huge believer in the work that SPCAs and Human Societies do to ensure that pets find loving homes and I honestly can’t understand why anyone would spend hundreds of dollars buying a certain breed of animal when there are so many amazing pets in need of loving homes already. Raising awareness and funds to care for those animals is a cause I support, and that’s why I’m so excited about National Cupcake Day!

For the second year in a row, the SPCAs and Humane Societies of Canada are hosting a National Cupcake Day fundraiser on February 24, 2014. And this year, Anna Olson, celebrity chef and host of Food Network Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson, is joining the party as a Cupcake Crusader. A long-time supporter of animals and the SPCA, Olson has created an original cupcake recipe for this year’s event. Her Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting recipe can be found at!

chai cupcake with cream cheese frosting

To help me join in the fun, the sponsors of National Cupcake Day sent me a beautiful cupcake gift basket so I decided to show my support for the cause by whipping up a batch of cupcakes myself. The basket included the Taste of Home Bakeshop Favourites cookbook and I created a variation of one of the recipes included in the book to make these tasty Chai Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Chai Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Perfectly spiced cupcakes with a creamy icing that are perfect for an afternoon treat!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • ½ tsp. each ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves
  • ⅛ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk
  • ground cinnamon to garnish
  1. In a small bowl, combine ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream ½ cup butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl. combine flour, baking powder, salt and 1½ tsp. of spice mixture until combined. Gradually add flour to creamed mixture, alternating with milk and blending well after each addition.
  4. Fill paper-lined muffin cups ⅔ full. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  5. Meanwhile, in large bowl, cream 3 tbsp. butter and cream cheese together. Beat in icing sugar and remaining spice mixture until smooth. Gradually add milk to reach desired consistency.
  6. Pipe frosting over cupcakes and garnish with cinnamon if desired.

chai cupcakes
If you’d like to show your support for this worthy cause, participating is easy! Register as a National Cupcake Day Host at and you’ll receive a free Cupcake Host Welcome Package in the mail which includes a poster, stickers, balloons, a fundraising guide and recipes to get you started. Then plan a cupcake party at work, home or school, start fundraising by encouraging friends and family to donate online in advance, bake your favourite cupcakes, share them with family and friends and collect donations to prevent cruelty to animals! The event is already raising so much money and I have no doubt it will raise much more by the time National Cupcake Day arrives on February 24!

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To help inspire you to show your support, the sponsors of National Cupcake Day have put together a fabulous giveaway! One lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader is going to win a National Cupcake Day gift basket worth $250! Packed with everything you’ll need to whip up some tasty cupcakes and an adorable SPCA dog plush toy, it’s sure to have you ready to bake! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment about your favourite cupcake recipe!

I love the way that this campaign combines two things I love, pets and baking, to help support the SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada. And I especially love that the money raised by participants stays in their own communities! It’s great to support a national cause, but knowing the money I raise is being used to help the same animals we sometimes spend an afternoon petting and cuddling to help out at the Regina Humane Society is a pretty special feeling! Get all the details on hosting a party and then “bake a difference” yourself this February; it’s a fun and delicious way to help animals in need!
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  1. Bacon Cupcakes are my favourite

  2. Crystal Englot says:

    I love making black bottom cupcakes with buttercream frosting!

  3. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    Chocolate oatmeal cupcakes so moist and delish

  4. Truity fruity cupcakes

  5. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    Red Velvet cupcakes

  6. from a box? lol

  7. Sandi DeGeer says:

    Plain vanilla with cream cheese frosting

  8. Darlene Schuller says:

    I have to say Scor, my girls just love them.

  9. Isabel Topps says:


  10. michelle tremblett says:

    I literally will eat any cupcake I can get my hands on lol but I love red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. yummyyyyy

  11. Cassandra henninger says:

    Double chocolate cupcakes with Nutella frosting

  12. I have never made red velvet cupcakes, but always hear about how good they are.

  13. jennifer capin says:

    plain old vanilla

  14. Peanut butter cupcakes with peanut butter icing.

  15. Stephanie Dawe says:

    Red velvet cuppy cakes lol

  16. Trina Goodwin says:

    My Favorite cupcakes are Snikerdoodle they are a big hit in this house !! delish :)

  17. Lisa Robertson says:

    Red Velvet hands down!!

  18. Kristine Ewald says:

    Favorite is chocolate with cream cheese icing YUMMM

  19. Chocolate

  20. Margaret Fehr says:

    Any really

  21. Deb Dorrington says:

    My favorite cupcakes are Spiced Pumpkin ones, but hey I’ll eat any flavor to be honest.

  22. My favourite is a mini-chocolate cupcake with Kahlua frosting

  23. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing!

  24. Karla Sceviour says:

    I like plain chocolate cupcakes with dream whip topping!

  25. Lita Gallant says:

    Red velvet are my favorite!

  26. Stephanie S. says:

    Hmmm… chocolate cake receipe with my own lil twist to keep cake moist as ever!! :)

  27. Wendy hutton says:

    chocolate – chocolate chip

  28. Anne Taylor says:

    I’m so boring lol I love vanilla cupcakes!

  29. Red velvet

  30. Melinda L. says:

    red velvet cupcakes

  31. wanda aultman says:


  32. Yummm Love cup cakes!

  33. Shelley N says:

    My favourite cupcakes are vanilla with vanilla icing with sprinkles on top. It is the recipe that my sons love.

  34. Judy Hunting says:

    My favourite is the classic Chocolate with Chocolate frosting.. I am a chocoholic

  35. My kids love rainbow cupcakes ! I love any chocolate ones :) found a new recipe I can’t wait to try- mini Oreo peanut butter surprise cupcakes!

  36. Chocolate with chocolate icing.

  37. Brandee H says:

    I like plain white cupcakes with a butter cream frosting

  38. Carrot cupcakes with Cream Cheese icing

  39. red velvet cupcakes!

  40. Julie Bolduc says:

    Red Velvet cupcakes

  41. I’m so boring…chocolate cupcake, but will take vanilla, or chocolate icing for sure, and this week I will be attempting coffee and mocha icing as they are two of my faves.

  42. Black Forest Cupcakes

  43. I love Chocolate Fudge cupcakes!

  44. i love vanailla cupcakes but the chai recipe sounds sooo good

  45. I love black bottom cupcakes!

  46. Brenda Penton says:

    I like Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

  47. Adriana F says:

    I love lemon cupcakes…from a box

  48. Kristina Ziegler says:

    Peanut butter cupcakes

  49. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a National Cupcake Day gift basket.
    My favourite cupcake recipe is this one
    Thank you for having this great giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Kristina Ziegler says:

    Great contest,thanks!

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