Delicious Chai Cake Recipe – Perfect for Tea Time!

As someone who could never resist a good cup of Chai Tea, I was always looking for ways to incorporate my favorite drink into my desserts. That’s when I came up with this recipe for a Chai Cake that perfectly captures the warm and comforting flavors of a classic Chai Tea.

This cake is an absolute show-stopper and guaranteed to impress your guests, so be sure to make enough for seconds! From the aroma of freshly ground spices to the sweet taste of vanilla cream cheese frosting, every bite of this incredible Chai Cake will transport you to a different world. Just imagine curling up on your couch with a thick slice of steamy Chai Cake while sipping on hot tea – heaven on earth!

But let me just warn you, once you taste this cake, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to settle for anything else. So, if you’re ready to embark on a culinary adventure and try something new, let me show you how to make the best Chai Cake ever!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chai Cake
Chai Cake

Are you tired of the basic vanilla or chocolate cakes? Are you ready to take a step forward and try something new and exciting? Look no further, because this Chai Cake recipe is perfect for you. The warm, comforting aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves combined with the creamy chai spice mix will make your taste buds dance with delight.

Not only is this cake packed with flavor, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can enjoy it as a morning treat with a cup of hot tea or coffee or serve it as an afternoon dessert accompanied by your favorite ice cream. The recipe is also easy to modify to accommodate food allergies and preferences. You can make it vegan-friendly by substituting egg and butter with applesauce or coconut oil.

This cake is the epitome of comfort food, perfect for any chilly day. It will warm you up from head to toe with its delightful mixture of spices and cocoa. It’s perfect for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, holidays or any day where something sweet is required!

Finally, everybody loves cream cheese frosting! But have you tried it with chai tea mix added? Trust me on this; it will blow your mind. Simply put, this cake is warm, cozy, moist, soft and its flavors are supercharged with chai tea mix. Its mild sweetness combined with a spicy twist guarantees that your guests will be talking about it long after they’ve had their last bite.

Give this Chai Cake Recipe a try and elevate your baking game while indulging in something truly unique and extraordinary. Trust me; you’re going to love every bite of it!

Ingredient List

 A warm slice of chai cake for a chilly day ❄️🍰☕️
A warm slice of chai cake for a chilly day ❄️🍰☕️

Here’s what you need to make this delicious Vanilla Chai Cake:
For the Chai Spice Mix:

  • 2 teaspoons chai tea mix
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

For the Cake:

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons chai tea mix
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup hot water mixed with 2 tablespoons of chai tea mix (to make chai tea concentrate)
  • Optional: vanilla chai cream cheese frosting

For the Vanilla Chai Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chai tea concentrate (from the cake batter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Enjoy this sweet and aromatic cake on any occasion – from birthdays to afternoon tea time.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge in the rich and spicy flavors of our Chai Cake 🍂🍁
Indulge in the rich and spicy flavors of our Chai Cake 🍂🍁

Now that we have covered the ingredients needed, let’s dive into the recipe how-to so you can learn how to make this delicious Chai Cake. This recipe takes about 90 minutes to prepare and makes about 10-12 servings.

Preheat the Oven

The first step is preheating your oven to 350°F. This temperature is perfect for baking this cake.

Combine the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon of sea salt until they are thoroughly combined.

Mix in Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, mix together 1 ½ cups granulated sugar and 1 cup unsalted butter until light and fluffy. Add in 4 eggs, one at a time with continuous mixing, followed by 2 tablespoons vanilla extract. Next, add the chai tea mixture comprising 2 chai tea bags and 1 cup of hot water, and keep stirring until everything is mixed nicely.

Incorporate Dry Ingredients

Gradually mix in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients mixture to form the Chai Cake batter. Whisk it vigorously for a couple of minutes until everything is properly incorporated.

Bake the Cake

Take a 9×13 inch baking dish, apply some butter on its surface, and pour in your cake batter. Place it in your preheated oven at 350°F for around 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick should come out clean from it after being inserted.

Make Cream Cheese Frosting

While waiting for your cake to bake, make Cream Cheese Frosting. In a bowl combine together 8 oz cream cheese, softened but still at room temp along with ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature. Keep mixing it until everything becomes creamy well-mixed.

Next, add in 4 cups powdered sugar, one cup at a time with consistent mixing followed by adding in 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Mix it again all together for a few more minutes before placing it aside.

Decorate Cake with Frosting

Once finished baking, remove the Chai Cake from oven and let it cool down completely. Then spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top using a spatula.

You may sprinkle some additional cinnamon powder or gingerbread spice mi to add some extra zing to your cake— serve and enjoy your warm delicious Chai Cake!

Don’t worry about making mistakes! Everyone makes them while learning something new; be sure to consult our FAQ section if you run into any hiccups while preparing this classic dessert delight.

Substitutions and Variations

 Say hello to your new favorite fall comfort food 🍂😌
Say hello to your new favorite fall comfort food 🍂😌

Now, I understand that not everyone is a fan of certain ingredients or may have some dietary restrictions. Fear not, there are still ways to tweak the recipe to fit your needs and preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try out:

– Flour: If you are gluten intolerant, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative like almond flour or coconut flour.

– Butter: For a dairy-free option, swap the butter for coconut oil or vegan butter.

– Sugar: To make the recipe less sweet or to give it a different flavor, you can replace some of the sugar with honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. You can also use brown sugar instead of white for a richer flavor.

– Eggs: If you’re looking for an eggless option, try using applesauce or mashed bananas. This substitution will affect the texture a bit, but it will still be delicious.

– Chai spice mix: You can make your own spice blend with cinnamon sticks, ground cardamom, ginger powder, and ground cloves instead of using the chai tea mix.

– Dirty Chai Cake: Love coffee as much as you love chai? Add in 1-2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules for that extra kick!

– Vegan Chai Cake: To make this recipe vegan-friendly, just swap out the eggs for flax eggs (mixing 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons of water per egg) and replace the cream cheese frosting with a vegan cream cheese alternative.

Remember to keep in mind that altering ingredients might affect the overall taste and texture of the cake. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your perfect spin on this chai cake recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Our Chai Cake is the perfect addition to your cozy afternoon ☕️🍰
Our Chai Cake is the perfect addition to your cozy afternoon ☕️🍰

Now let’s talk about serving and pairing this delicious chai cake recipe.

First things first, let’s talk about the best way to serve it. I recommend slicing the cake into equal pieces using a sharp knife or a cake cutter. Then, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top to add an extra touch of sweetness and a dusting of elegant aesthetic.

When it comes to pairing options, there are many creative ways to enjoy this delicious chai cake. You can have it for breakfast with a warm cup of vanilla chai latte or as a mid-day snack with your favorite tea blend. Another great option is to have it for dessert after dinner or even for a birthday celebration.

If you want to take the dish up a notch, I suggest pairing it with some whipped cream, ice cream, or your favorite frosting. A classic option is cream cheese frosting that will enhance the flavors and complement the spice mix.

Finally, feel free to experiment and come up with your own unique pairings based on your preferences or spices available in your pantry. This chai cake recipe is versatile enough to accommodate different pairings and still deliver delicious results every time.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Let the aroma of cinnamon and cardamom fill your kitchen 🍃🍂🍁
Let the aroma of cinnamon and cardamom fill your kitchen 🍃🍂🍁

Now that you’ve made this heavenly Chai Cake with its enticing aroma, you might be wondering if it’s possible to make it ahead of time and store it for later consumption. The good news is that yes, you can make this cake ahead of time and store it properly for a few days without sacrificing its taste, texture, or freshness.

To make the cake ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions until the very end and let it cool down completely. Once cooled down, wrap the cake tightly in a plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent any air from entering and storing it at room temperature for up to two days.

If you intend on storing the cake for more than two days, place it in an airtight container or resealable bag and keep it in the fridge for up to a week. Just be sure to let the cake come to room temperature before serving or reheating.

Reheating the Chai Cake is simple too. You can reheat single slices by microwaving them for about 15-20 seconds or until warm. Alternatively, you can reheat the entire cake by placing it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes until warm.

Also, note that you can freeze an already baked Chai Cake for up to three months. Before storing in the freezer, allow the cake to reach room temperature, wrap it well with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before freezing. To thaw frozen cakes, remove them from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature until fully defrosted before serving.

In summary, making, storing and reheating Chai Cakes couldn’t be any easier. Now go ahead and impress your friends by baking this delicious dessert in advance!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Save the best for last; enjoy a slice of Chai Cake as a dessert or for breakfast! 😋
Save the best for last; enjoy a slice of Chai Cake as a dessert or for breakfast! 😋

A great Chai Cake is all about the aroma, flavor, and texture. Just like the perfect cup of Chai tea, a well-made Chai Cake should have just the right balance between spices and sweetness. Here are some tips and recommendations to help you make the perfect Chai Cake every time.

Firstly, make sure to use high-quality ingredients when making your Chai Cake. It is important to purchase fresh and aromatic cinnamon sticks, chai tea mix, and vanilla extract to achieve the best results. Also, opt for unsalted butter so that you can control the amount of salt in your baked goods.

Secondly, follow the recipe precisely without any shortcuts or improvisations. Baking is a science that requires precision and measurement to ensure reliable results. Skipping or swapping ingredients may lead to unwanted outcomes such as dryness or an undercooked center.

Thirdly, make sure to correctly measure your dry ingredients using measuring cups and spoons. Do not pack the flour into the measuring cup as it may result in a dense cake. Instead, spoon the flour into a measuring cup until full then level off with a flat object before adding it to the recipe.

Fourthly, do not overmix your batter as it may cause your cake to be dense and heavy instead of airy and fluffy. Mix ingredients until just combined.

Fifthly, preheat your oven before baking your Chai Cake for predictable and desirable results. The heat should be evenly distributed throughout the oven.

Finally, resist the urge to open the oven door frequently while baking as this will cause fluctuations in temperature which can interfere with the rising process.

By following these tips, you are sure to bake up an unforgettable Chai Cake that will impress any loved one on their birthday or any occasion!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Chai Cake Recipe is an excellent choice for any occasion. Whether you are looking to celebrate a birthday or simply enjoy a delicious dessert, this recipe will not disappoint. Its rich flavor profile, combined with its moist texture and creamy frosting, make it one of the best chai cake recipes out there.

I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. And don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions and variations to make it your own. With the right ingredients and a little bit of creativity, you can create a chai tea cake that is both unique and delicious.

So fire up your oven, brew some hot chai tea, and get ready to indulge in this incredible dessert. I guarantee that once you try it, you’ll be hooked just like me. Enjoy!

Chai Cake Recipe

A Watkins recipe. Definitely try to make with Watkins vanilla and cinnamon if you can. If using any other type of vanilla you will need to double the amount of vanilla in the recipe.


  • 3 tablespoons watkins powdered latte chai tea mix
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon watkins cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon watkins double-strength vanilla


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon watkins double-strength vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons powdered latte chai tea mix
  • grated cinnamon stick (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 325°F/170°C
  2. Grease and flour a round cake pan (8"/20 cm).
  3. Stir hot water into Chai Latte until blended. Measure 1/2 cup/125 mL of the chai latte for the cake and set aside 2 tbsp/30 mL for glaze.
  4. Mix flour, baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt. Set aside.
  5. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until fluffy.
  6. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth and blended.
  7. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with 1/2 cup Chai Latte until smooth.
  8. Pour into pan.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.
  11. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  12. Spread Chai glaze over top of cake, allowing some to drizzle down side. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
  13. For glaze, melt butter in 1-quart/litre saucepan over medium heat.
  14. Stir in remaining ingredients until smooth. Drizzle glaze on cake. If desired, grate cinnamon on top as garnish.
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