Cook's Hideout: Chai Spiced Pound Cake

April 01, 2016

Chai Spiced Pound Cake

Using different spice mixes in baking gives the baked goods different taste and feel. So by changing the spices used in a base recipe, you can make recipes appropriate for any season. For example use pumpkin pie spice in this pound cake and you have a perfect fall cake. Or use just one spice that you really like, may be cinnamon and cardamom for another tasty twist to the basic pound cake.
Pound Cake with Chai spice
This Chai spiced pound cake recipe is from King Arthur flour catalog. The cake is perfectly tender and mimics the flavor of a cup of chai. I can never understood what 'Chai-Tea' means. It is on almost all of the bakery, coffee-shop and juice bar menus. I want to tell them that Chai and tea are synonymous and it makes no sense saying tea-tea. Well I guess it's gourmet or fancy way of saying tea.
Chai Pound Cake
Anyway coming back to the 'Chai' spiced cake. Just like the Chai-tea, I wasn't really sure what the buzz was around chai spice. I used this recipe to make a batch of chai spice and I have to say it sure has the flavors of our tea, not the actual tea part but the taste that the spices impart to tea (if that makes any sense).
Pound Cake with Chai spice
I halved the original recipe and made the cake in a 6-cup bundt pan. I reduced the amount of butter and used egg replacer instead of the egg. Cake turned out spicy, moist and delicious. It is a yummy addition to any tea time treat.

Recipe from King Arthur flour catalog:

Chai Spiced Pound Cake
  • 6tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • ½cup Light brown Sugar, packed
  • 2tbsp Honey
  • 1 Large Egg (or use 1tbsp egg replacer whisked with 3tbsp water)
  • ½tsp Baking powder
  • ⅛tsp Baking soda
  • ½tsp Salt
  • 1½tbsp Chai Spice** (I made my own using this recipe)
  • 1cup All purpose flour
  • ½cup Sour Cream (I used low fat)
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1cup Confectioners Sugar
  • ½tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2~3tbsp Heavy Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease a 6cup bundt cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar and honey until light and fluffy. Add the egg (or egg replacer mixture) and beat until well combined.
  3. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, salt and chai spice.
  4. Add half the flour, followed by the sour cream and vanilla and finally the remaining flour. Mix well until just combined, scraping the sides and the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35~40 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Remove cake from the oven and cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning it out onto a rack to finish cooling. Cool completely before slicing.
  7. Make the Glaze: Combine all the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Drizzle over the cooled cake.
**If you are not a fan of Chai Spice, then simply add your favorite spices, like cinnamon, cardamom or pumpkin pie spice to make your own version of the cake.
Pound Cake with Chai spice

Also linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook ChallengeApril -- Week 1'.



  1. Gosh your pound cake has turned out so well pavani..going to be making this soon..

  2. Chai spiced bundt cake looks very soft and delicious.I love chai masala and would love to try this cake.

  3. The picture of the pound cake made me come here... this looks just like the type I love to have with my tea... yum!

  4. I want to make this. Love Thelma

  5. Beautiful photos. Looks delicious!

  6. I'm a big fan of chai and this combo sounds delicious!

  7. Looks delicious.Love to try this with egg replace, do you suggest any substitute for egg?

    1. Uma, you can use flaxseed meal or store bought egg replacer powder instead of the egg. Instructions include how to substitute egg.

  8. Love spiced cake and this cake looks perfect… moist and yummy!


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