Rooibos Chai & Vanilla Cupcakes

Rooibos Chai & Vanilla Cupcakes

Recipe by Georgia East from the Fortunate Ones Blog

The tradition of taking afternoon tea with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks is one that has its roots in English custom. These light, airy cupcakes combine high tea luxuriousness with the proudly South African flavour of rooibos. Delicately infused with Carmien Tea’s Creamy Vanilla and Focus Chai & Rooibos teas, the cupcakes are faintly herbal, wonderfully fragrant and a delicious accompaniment to a quiet moment in patch of afternoon sun.


You will need:

The contents of one bag of Carmien Creamy Vanilla and half a bag of Focus Chai & Rooibos teas (keep the rest of the Chai tea bag for the icing)

5ml vanilla extract

125ml softened butter

250ml sugar

1 egg

500ml cake flour

5ml baking powder

2ml salt

200ml full cream milk


Cream the butter with the sugar until pale. Add in the egg and vanilla. In another bowl, sift together the cake flour and baking powder, adding in the salt and the tea grounds. Mix to combine and gradually add into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk and mixing constantly until the dry and wet elements are combined.

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Spoon the mixture into two muffin trays that have been greased with butter or lined with paper cups and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 28 to 35 minutes. Transfer on to a wire rack to cool before icing. Makes 12 cupcakes.

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For the icing:

250ml butter

250ml icing sugar

5ml vanilla extract

The other half of the Focus Chai & Rooibos tea bag


Sift the icing sugar into the slightly softened butter then add the vanilla and the tea. Use an electric beater to combine the ingredients until smooth and pale. Ice the cupcakes with a spatula once they have completely cooled.

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Serve with a calming cup of Carmien’s Creamy Vanilla

Where: Bergendal Farm, Paleisheuwel Road, Citrusdal

Contact: +27 (0)22 921 8900

Find Carmien Tea at or on social media at @CarmienTea

Read more about the Carmien Tea Tasting Experience here.

Farm Tours

Rooibos Fields, Factory Visit, Tea Tasting and Video Screening R80 per person during the Harvest Season (January – April) or R50 per person for the rest of the year. Mondays – Fridays at Bergendal Carmién Tea. (Tours dependant on availability and weather)

Pairing at Hebron

Tea, wine and flavour pairing R50 per person at Hebron (Wednesday – Sundays) situated on the Piekenierskloof Pass on the N7

Tea, wine and 3 small course meal pairing R150 per person at Hebron (Wednesdays – Sundays) situated on the Piekenierskloof Pass on the N7

All options must be pre-booked:

Carmién Tea: [email protected] 

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Where to find Carmien Tea at the Gateway of the Cederberg:

Take the N7 out of Cape Town and explore the lush heights of this fertile part of the Cape West Coast before stopping in at Carmien Tea for either a tour of the working farm, a tea, food and wine pairing or the chance to create your very own tea! The Bergendal-Carmien Rooibos farm is part of West Coast Way’s beautiful Berg Route and so is a must-see stop along this richly diverse trail that also includes the luxury Piekenierskloof Mountain Resort, the ancient San caves and rock art in Elands Bay and the authentic weskus fishing town of Velddrif.

Georgia-on-the-west-coast“Predominantly a literary soul, Georgia East is also a self-confessed foodie fiend. Obsessed with buying old forks and able to eat her own weight in dim sum, she spends most of her time as a freelance writer, food stylist and photographer. Starting her blog Fortunate Ones a year ago has led to various tasty experiences which include recipe creation, set design for her food imagery and a newly-discovered passion for taking as many photographs as humanly possible on her Nikon. After spending most of her childhood swimming in the Berg river and avoiding bokkoms, Georgia has retained her love for the Cape West Coast while rediscovering the traditional flavours endemic to the coastline.”


West Coast Way Is South Africa’s Road Trip With The Most Twists

Explore the Cape West Coast by planning a self-drive trip or book a guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast holiday.

Road-Trip-Southern-Africa-West-Coast-Way-Routes Find a 101+ things to see and do on the West Coast Way: Enjoy wine, craft beer, olives and Rooibos tea tastings, Weskus cuisine and braaivleis (barbecue), swing into Citrusdal with a zipline, go Cederberg bouldering, jump into natural (warm) pools, step onto cruises of lagoons and rivers, trek through nature reserves and a National Park, hop onto game drives, try the skill of archery and angling, get your adrenaline pumping with sand-boarding and quad-biking, go horse riding, learn about the San culture and Riel-dancing, do kite- and windsurfing, chill in your flip flops and do surfing, book a kayaking trip, go beach hopping, learn about bees, whales and listen to our birds in a twitcher’s paradise – all in South Africa’s wildflower reserve. For more information on the West Coast’s top places to go, road tripping, hikes, tours and trails, explore or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777.  Follow us on @WestCoastWaySA on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Take the road less travelled in the West Coast Way

For more information on West Coast Way Routes and the list of 101+ Things To See And Do in the Cape West Coast, visit our eventspage. Choose to go on a self-guided adventure drive by following the routes, or book an air-conditioned trip to top West Coast attractions in South Africa.

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