Moist And Delicious Chai Coffee Cake Recipe

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Indulge in the perfect blend of warm spices with this moist and delicious chai coffee cake recipe. Made with warm chai spices, this cake is sure to be a hit with coffee lovers or to enjoy with your iced chai latte, like I love. This recipe is a variation on my Grandma’s Coffee Cake recipe. She made her coffee cake with nutmeg and I substituted with a delicious homemade chai spice blend.

chai coffee cake

If you’re anything like me and adore the cozy flavors of chai spice, coupled with the irresistible allure of coffee cake, then this recipe is tailor-made for you.

There’s something undeniably magical about the warm, aromatic spices in chai tea – cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg – they have this incredible ability to transport you to a place of comfort and contentment with every sip. Now, imagine infusing those same flavors into a soft, moist coffee cake – pure bliss, right?

Ingredients:

  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • all purpose flour
  • chai spice blend
  • oil
  • salt
  • buttermilk
  • egg
  • baking powder
  • baking soda

Preparing The Chai Spice Mix

There are a bunch of chai spice mix recipes out there. When I make my spiced chai latte at home I love to use Trader Joe’s Spiced Chai Concentrate that is a liquid. For this recipe I needed a spice powder blend. I found one online that looked delicious and it did not disappoint. Here is the Chai Spice Mix that I made up to include in my coffee cake recipe.

making chai spice mix

This Chai Spice Mix has cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. So I mixed up this delightful chai spice mix in a bowl and then got to work making this delicious coffee cake.

Instructions

Start with your sugars, flour, salt, and chai spice mix in a bowl. Mix them together until combined.

dry ingredients for coffee cake

After they are combined, add the melted butter and stir until even.

coffee cake mixture

Then you will remove 1 cup of this mixture and keep for later (this will be the streusel topping).

1 cup put aside for streusel topping

In a separate bowl combine the buttermilk, egg, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk them together until smooth.

buttermilk, egg, baking soda, and baking powder

TIP: If you don’t have buttermilk you can combine milk with a little white vinegar. So for this recipe I measured just shy of 1 cup with milk. Then I added white vinegar till it reached the 1 cup line. Let it sit 5 minutes and you will have thick buttermilk consistency.

Add the buttermilk mixture to the bowl of the dry ingredients. Stir together until you have a smooth coffee cake batter.

coffee cake batter

Pour the batter into your prepared pan.

streusel topping on coffee cake

Then sprinkle that 1 cup of crumb topping that you saved earlier on top of the batter.

Bake in a preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few dry crumbs.

baked chai coffee cake
chai coffee cake

Chai Coffee Cake

Indulge in the perfect blend of warm spices with this moist and delicious chai coffee cake recipe. Made with warm chai spices, this cake is sure to be a hit with coffee lovers. Get the recipe here.
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:1 hour

Equipment

  • 8"x10" pan

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • cups flour all purpose
  • 1 tablespoon chai spice mix see link above for the recipe I used, or you can purchase it instore or online.
  • ¾ cup butter melted, or you can use canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk You can use milk with a splash of white vinegar. Just let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉ degrees. Prep your pan with nonstick spray. I used a 8"x10" pan, but you can use a 9"x13", you will just cook it for a shorter amount of time.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the sugars, flour, chai spice mix, melted butter, and salt.
    dry ingredients for coffee cake
  • Once combined remove 1 cup of this mixture and set aside. This will become the streusel topping for the coffee cake.
    1 cup put aside for streusel topping
  • In a separate container mix together the buttermilk, egg, baking powder, and baking soda.
    buttermilk, egg, baking soda, and baking powder
  • Add the buttermilk mixture to the bowl with the flour/sugar mixture and mix until combined.
    add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients
  • Pour this mixture into a baking dish. I used an 8″x 10″.
    coffee cake batter
  • Sprinkle the 1 cup mixture you had set aside on top for the crumble.
    streusel topping on coffee cake
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Coffee cake can be reheated in the microwave.
Enjoy alone or with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chai, coffee cake
Servings: 12 servings
Cost: $8
homemade chai coffee cake

This Chai Coffee Cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, and it’s sure to become a new favorite in your baking repertoire. The blend of warm spices, tender cake, crunchy streusel, and sweet glaze creates a symphony of flavors and textures that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

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