January 9, 2012

masala chai cake my way

yesterday there was that little disaster with the oven temperature while baking that buttermilk apple cake with cardamom...

today i was determined to make good that dumb mistake.

and here it is, my masala chai cake (also with a hint of cardamom ofcourse)

already looks so much better, doesn t it?

and even though that apple cake tasted quite alright, it was a bit on the stodgy side to be honest.

so i adapted and tweaked and here s my own recipe:



180 gr unsalted butter
200 gr fine white caster sugar
3 whole eggs
220 gr plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom seeds
3 teabags masala chai
60 ml boiling water
100 ml buttermilk
drop of vanilla extract


1. preheat the oven to 175°C and prepare a cake tin
2. pour the boiling water on the teabags and leave to infuse for 30 minutes or until cold
3. heat the butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds until slightly melted and then beat in the sugar (to my surprise this actually makes it so much easier to get that light pale fluffy creaminess they always talk about in recipe books)
4. add the eggs one by one and beat in well
5. sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda and ground cardamom in stages into the butter/sugar/egg mixture and mix in well
6. add the buttermilk, masala chai concentrate (the infused tea), and a drop of vanilla extract, beat in well
7. pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for about 50 minutes until golden and springy to the touch or until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean
8. leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before taking it out to cool completely

now that s what i call a perfect cake; light, not too sweet, and just moist enough. good on it s own, but probably even better with a little bit of whipped cream, and definitely best with a cup of steaming hot masala chai on a winter afternoon.

well... at least i got it right this time... phew!


  1. Yuuuum!!! do you taste a hint of chai or distinct taste?? I will try this in the near future!!

  2. to me it definitely tasted of chai... but the spicing is not too heavy, which is exactly how i like it to be in a cake... when you do try this, let me know ne, you might want to adjust by adding more extra spices perhaps?

  3. marsala chai is one of my fav drink and i do love the smell of it!

    looks like this cake is baked perfectly from the colour! thankfully no reply of that disaster with the apple cake!

    i actually saw this post a while ago but last time couldnt leave a comment coz there was something wrong with the site when i click 'comment'? glad blogger fixed it now :)

    hope you've been well :) your photography is great - esp. like the last photo!

  4. It sounds absolutely scrumptious. I would definitely add a touch of cardamom too - maybe more than just a touch - 'cause I love cardamom. And your masala chai cake sounds like the perfect winter treat.