By Amal @thunapahadiaries
I’m a big fan of masala chai. I’m also a big fan of cake. So why not combine both to get the best of both worlds? That’s exactly what this sheet cake is about: a masala chai flavored cake covered with a delicious cream cheese frosting. Could it get any better?
For the cake
- 225g self-rising flour
- 225g unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for the tins
- 225g light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 tbsp condensed milk
- 3 tsp Cinnamon Tree Organics masala chai blend
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1⁄2 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 tsp ground green cardamom
- 1⁄2 tsp ground clove
- 1⁄4 tsp ground nutmeg
For the cream cheese frosting
- 225g cream cheese at room temperature
- 250g icing sugar
- 113g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
Making Masala Chai Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and line a 9x12 cake pan, including sides.
- Add the masala chai blend to boiling water and let it steep for five minutes.
- In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder and spices until well combined. Set aside.
- Strain the chai and add condensed milk to the tea. Mix well and set aside to cool.
- Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until a light cream forms, about 2-3 minutes.
- Reduce speed and add the eggs one at a time, making sure that each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.
- Add the flour in three batches and chai in two, alternating each, starting and ending with flour (flour, chai, flour, chai, flour). Make sure to mix well after each addition.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared tray and bake for 30 to 40 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes in the tray. Then, turn the cake over onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
- To prepare the frosting, combine the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until creamy. Make sure there are no lumps.
- Add the icing sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix on very low speed until everything is fully combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2 extra minutes.
- Once the cake has cooled completely, liberally spread frosting over the cake.
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Hi! My name is Amal. I work in academia, where I teach and research in the area of corporate finance. While doing my PhD I picked up baking as a stress reliever. Little did I know that it would become such a big part of my life! I love sharing whatever I have learned about baking with others. I also believe baking is something that can be done by everyone and I love helping people find joy in baking. After all, nothing can be compared to eating some baked goods that came right out of your own oven!