Friday 20 December 2019

Recipe 101: Chai Spice Cake

Did you know cakes have seasons?


There are winter flavours and summer flavours. And, these depend upon the mood of the season.

For example, a lemon cake is loved in hot summer afternoons wherein one feels for a fresh fruity tasting cake. But cold winter nights crave for a warm slice of rum, coffee, spice-induced and ginger-bread flavour.

Making of note of what is most comforting to the soul, I recently prepared Chai Spiced Cake to be served alongside tea on a cold evening for my family.
Once they loved it, I knew the recipe is a hit and a must for sharing here.


  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1 cup castor sugar + 1 tbsp.
  4. 1 cup vegetable oil
  5. 1 tbsp. baking powder
  6. 2 tsp. cinnamon powder (get Cinnamon Powder)
  7. 1 tsp. chai spice or tea masala (get Chai Masala)
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla essence (get Madagascar Vanilla)
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 1 egg


Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
Sieve together flour, baking powder and salt.
Keep aside.
In a small bowl, mix cinnamon powder and chai spice with 1 tbsp. of sugar.
Keep aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg and sugar till light and fluffy.
Add oil and vanilla essence.
Whisk well till oil emulsifies.
Alternate the flour mixture with milk.
Mix till you reach a smooth cake batter stage.
Grease and flour a cake tin.
Pour 1/4 of the batter.
Sprinkle half the amount of dry spices on top.
Pour more batter.
Sprinkle rest of the dry spices.
Pour all the remaining batter.
No need to tap the cake tin or use a spoon to mix the layers.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Serve warm with tea.


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