Chocolate Chai Mini Loaves

We love to drink chai, so this recipe sounded interesting to us because the batter has chai mix in it and so does the frosting.  We used the homemade chai mix from my mom’s blog, but you can also buy a mix from the store.

Surprisingly, the loaves don’t taste much like chai, probably because of the chocolate.  But they certainly are good!

The frosting is yummy and the loaves are really moist.  They’re actually more like cake than bread, so we ate slices for dessert.

Here’s how to make these delicious loaves.

First, heat your oven to 350° F.  Then you’ll need to melt some chocolate.  The recipe calls for squares of semi-sweet chocolate, but we just used chocolate chips.  It worked out fine.

Combine the chocolate with 1/2 cup of water, and microwave until the chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth.  It will look like really diluted chocolate.

Let it cool a bit.  Meanwhile, mix the softened butter and brown sugar together until they’re creamy.

Add two eggs and mix well. Then add the vanilla and the chocolate mixture.

Mix the flour, latte mix, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.  Add to the chocolate mixture, alternating with 1/2 cup of sour cream.

We didn’t actually alternate that much…we only alternated between the sour cream and flour mixture about 4 times (flour, sour cream, flour, sour cream).

Next, you’ll need to grease three small 5 3/4 x 3 x 2 inch loaf pans.  We used butter to grease ours, but we didn’t use enough, because we had a lot of trouble getting our loaves out of the pans.

Use lots of grease!

(Kristen’s note: If you don’t have mini loaf pans, you might be able to fit the batter into a 4×8 inch loaf pan.  If that doesn’t work, you could use a 9×5 pan, though I think that might be a bit on the big side. You’ll need to bake a large loaf longer than the mini-loaves.)

Divide the batter between the three loaf pans.

Bake in your preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.

We accidentally let one of our loaf pans tip, so the batter spilled over a bit while it baked.

(Kristen’s note: This is something to be mindful of when you use small loaf pans…they’re so small, you have to position them carefully on the wire rack in your oven so that they’re level.)

Let the loaves cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, and then remove them from the pans.

Now it’s time to make the frosting!

Combine the sugar, softened butter, latte mix, vanilla, and enough milk to make a spreadable frosting.

When your loaves are completely cool, spread the frosting over the tops.

I hope you like these!

Chocolate Chai Loaves-makes 3 mini loaves
(A printable version is available at Taste of Home)

2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (or 2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons chai latte mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 tablespoon chai latte mix
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 5 teaspoons milk

Heat oven to 350° F. Microwave the chocolate and water until melted. Cool for a little bit. In a large bowl, mix the butter and brown sugar until it’s fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then add the vanilla and the chocolate mixture.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, latte mix, salt, and baking soda. Add flour mixture and sour cream to chocolate mixture, alternating between the two.

Divide the batter between three greased 5 3/4 x 3 x 2 inch loaf pans. Bake the loaves in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes. Make sure to cool for ten minutes before taking out of the pans to cool completely.

To make the frosting, mix up the latte mix, vanilla, confectioners sugar, and enough milk to make the frosting easy to spread.  Spread frosting over cooled loaves.


  1. Momofthree says:

    These look delicious! I love chai and have been wanting to try out the homemade mix on your mom’s blog – this gives me that extra incentive!

  2. Do you think adding more chai mix to the frosting (I am thinking double) would give the frosting more chai flavor without making it too dry?

  3. These look really yummy! I’m gonna have to try them…. On another note, could you take a wire rack and put it directly on your oven rack to make a more sturdy surface for your mini loaf pans?

  4. These look so moist and delicious. I’m planning to make them this weekend. I love this baking with Lisey feature. Can’t wait to see what you make next.

    Also, I have professional chefs training (specializing in Pastry/Desserts) and we always put our mini pans on a low baking sheet to keep things level. It also makes removal of multiple items much easier. You might need to bake a couple of minutes longer depending on your oven.

    • Also, when you remove sheets from oven, take the mini pans off the sheet and put them on the wire racks for cooling. This allows items to cool faster and it also helps to prevent sweating. Then remove goods from pans when cool enough to handle.

  5. These look wonderful. I have never had chai before so it will be a double treat for me.

  6. Thats so weird, i had my first chai tea the other day and a man from pakistan made it for me with cardamon pods and everything, im in love, gonna try your cake so…well done!!Yum!!

  7. Hi Lisey, I read your mom’s blog and signed up here. This is such a great idea!I hope you are enjoying it so far. I know I am.
    Your loaves look good, even if a bit tipsy. For more spice flavor just add more spices. Not extra latte mix because that could change the recipe too much. Lets face it, chocolate is a deep flavor to overtake. Not that we want to change it too much….just when we want too!

  8. Thanks, Lisey…these will be my next treat to make at home.

  9. As soon as I saw the photo in my email I gasped. My daughters Ashley (9) and Caitlin (7) heard me and immediately came to investigate. When they saw the photo and heard the words Chocolate Chai they both gasped in eactly the same way I did 🙂 The three of us love chai. We will be making this together very soon is my prediction. Thanks for the recipe.

    Btw Lisey, I’m really enjoying your blog. Keep up the great work. I can tell it takes time and effort to put each of these posts together and I’m very grateful to benefit from your hard work. Keep the tasty ideas coming 🙂

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