Like chai tea in a cake, this Chai Spice Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting is delicately spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. YUMMA.

When I was 13 I remember being at Starbucks and seeing “Iced Chai Latte” on the menu board. 

My mom had always been a tea-drinker, and she loved Chai tea. So I thought to myself, Oh ok… I mean I don’t want a frappuccino or whatever that is, so let’s try it out.

Like chai tea in a cake, this Chai Spice Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting is delicately spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. YUMMA.

I had one sip and was HOOKED. It was like a symphony in my mouth: the warmth of cinnamon, the pucker of ginger, and that floral and exotic combination of black tea and cardamom danced across my tastebuds.

From then on, every time I went to Starbucks I would order an Iced Chai. I’d even bite the straw with my front teeth, making the straw’s hole smaller just to savor it longer.

Then, a few years later I spent a summer in northern India. There they make masala chai from scratch with hot milk, lots of sugar, and in a pot as big as your arms can make a circle. Only there, the cardamom is even stronger.

Like chai tea in a cake, this Chai Spice Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting is delicately spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. YUMMA.

I must’ve drank it by the quart it was so good.

So like yeah, I kind of love chai spice. Kind of a lot.

This recipe combines those glorious chai spice flavors into a soft and moist cake that is almost too good. This Chai Spice Cake is then finished with a tangy cream cheese frosting, bringing out the spice even more so and adding a little extra oomph to the cake.

Like chai tea in a cake, this Chai Spice Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting is delicately spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. YUMMA.

Sidenote: is it just me or when someone sees a recipe for vanilla frosting do they substitute it with cream cheese frosting instead because it’s so much better? No, just me? Oh no you too? OK cool.

Anywho. I’m super into this Chai Spice Cake. And if you’re a chai fan, I feel like you will be too.

Enjoy, friends, and happy almost weekend!!!

Like chai tea in a cake, this Chai Spice Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting is delicately spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. YUMMA.

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Chai Spice Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ingredients

for the cake

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk

for the frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons candied ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • edible gold leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Ā°F. Grease and line three 6-inch cake pans* with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating between additions. Continue to beat until batter forms a pale yellow color. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  5. Alternate folding in the flour mixture and the buttermilk, mixing only until combined.
  6. Pour batter evenly into prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  7. In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt and whip to combine, about 1 minute more.
  8. Place the first cake on a plate, then top with a large dollop of frosting. Layer the second and third layers, frosting in between each. Finish with frosting the outside of the cake with the remaining frosting. I used a cake scraper to give my cake that unfinished, naked look! 
  9. Last, top your cake with garnishes. I used blackberries, chopped pistachios, candied ginger, cinnamon sticks, black sesame seeds, and edible gold leaves!

Notes

*you can also use two 8-inch cake pans. 

Like chai tea in a cake, this Chai Spice Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting is delicately spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. YUMMA.

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Kasey Goins
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This cake is just gorgeous! I love chai spiced anything but even better when it’s cake!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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ME TOO. Have your chai and eat it too šŸ™‚

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Susan
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Lovely cake! The 6 inch pans make it look so tall and grand! And yes, I too like to use a good cream cheese icing instead of vanilla icing! Also, a light fluffy buttercream is delicious!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Happy to hear I’m not the only one šŸ™‚
RIGHT. Gimme alllll the frostings.

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sandra
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would love to try but would like to confirm if it is a tablespoon or teapsoon of baking powder. other wise im on it tomorrow

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oops so sorry about that! It’s a Tablespoon. Should be fixed now šŸ™‚

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Minela
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I love the way you’ve decorated and photographed this cake. It’s so delicate, light and airy. Just beautiful!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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What a kind thing to say! Thank you šŸ™‚

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julia
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i’m going to buy my first cake pans ever just to bake this!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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YAY! I hope you love this cake as much as I do šŸ™‚

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Laura | Tutti Dolci
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Chai spice anything is the best! All the cake, please! šŸ™‚

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Ali
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Hey Sarah, between your pumpkin cake and this cake which do you like better…I’m guessing the pumpkin? And/or which do you think would be better with a buttercream frosting? I’m hoping to make a chai spiced cake for an auction but want to make sure it is super moist and amazing. If you have a hands down preference I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Sofi | Broma Bakery
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We love both! You can’t go wrong. I LOVE cream cheese frosting and think it would go really well with either the chai or pumpkin!

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Christa
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Hello šŸ˜ƒ
Can I use cake flour to bake this cake? If so, how many cups? Thank you.

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Sofi | Broma Bakery
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Hey Christa,
You sure can! I would add an extra 1/3 cup as cake flour is much finer. Hope this helps šŸ™‚

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Nusheen
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This cake was so delicious!! And such a crowd pleaser. I really appreciate the garnish aspect of the recipe as I struggle with being creative and making my cakes look pretty.

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Lauren Copley
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Delicious cake. I made a coffee buttercream and turned it into a dirty chai cake. It was so long ago that I made this and I can’t remember, does the 1X recipe work for 3 layers or should I double it for three 6″ cake pans?

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