Chai bundt cake from scratch

30 Aug

Chai bundt cake [The Hungry Mum]

On a recent child-free weekend in Sydney the Hungry Dad and I explored the stunningly elegant Stand Arcade. We found the amazing Gewürzhaus, a teeny shop crammed with herbs, spices, salts and teas from all around the world.

After sampling some lovely mulled wine as we perused the boutique we ended up leaving with a heavy bag and lighter wallet. One of our purchases was a chai tea mix and let me tell you: this brew was the real deal. Full of orange peel, cardamom and other chunky bits of deliciousness it soon became a fav in the Hungry House.

When I saw that my beloved Donna Hay had a recipe for spiced chai bundt cake in her eponymous magazine it was almost as though the baking fairies had conspired.

This cake was such a hit with my co-workers when I took it into work and the aroma when it is baking – swoon. I would recommend using a loose chai tea mix rather than a tea bag to ensure the full chai experience. I reduced the sugar.

Chai bundt cake The Hungry Mum


1 tablespoon chai tea leaves

2 tablespoons boiling water

250 grams butter, melted and slightly cooled

2 ½ cups self-raising flour

just under 1 cup of sugar

4 eggs

1 ½ cups milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons mixed spice

Chai bundt cake. The Hungry Mum


Preheat oven to 180C and thoroughly grease a three-litre bundt tin.

In small bowl combine the chai and water, allow to steep for a few minutes.

In bowl of electric mixer beat together all the ingredients, including the water from the chai, until smooth. Scrape into pan, bake for 30 minutes.

Leave in tin for ten minutes then unmold onto a wire rack to cool completely.

When cold drizzle with easy icing mixture made by combining sifted icing sugar and boiling water until a stiff yet pourable consistency.

Chai bundt cake - The Hungry Mum

27 Responses to “Chai bundt cake from scratch”

  1. BunKaryudo at 11:19 am #

    Doubt I could make it, but I could certainly eat it. Looks delicious!

  2. cheergerm at 11:25 am #

    I love The Strand. The baking fairies have indeed been hard at work, looks very pretty and the idea of chai in a cake is pretty nifty.

    • thehungrymum at 11:42 am #

      Awww, ta. I am here to tell you that shopping in The Strand without Misses 7 and 9 is waaaay more relaxing than with 😉

  3. Ginger at 2:05 pm #

    Beautiful! Absolutely stunning – and then the ingredients … yummy!

  4. Lynz Real Cooking at 2:53 pm #

    Sounds really yummy! Love the idea!

  5. KitchenSpells at 6:53 pm #

    I LOVE chai, so I’m sure this is absolutely delicious 😀

    • thehungrymum at 2:40 am #

      Isn’t chai the best? So warming and peaceful – like drinking a hug.

  6. Laura @ Feast Wisely at 9:36 pm #

    Wow looks delicious. And next time you’re child free in The Strand try Gumption – it’s possibly the best coffee in Sydney….

  7. I love chai cake. I ended up making one last year because I had run out of fruit and other ingredients but I always have chai on hand. Nice idea doing a bundt cake 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 2:37 am #

      Thanks Lorraine. I had always just had chai teabags abut after finding this brew I will never go back 🙂

  8. Picture-perfect! You can’t beat a plump bundt cake. They’re so versatile!

  9. grabyourfork at 4:01 am #

    You can’t beat chai made from scratch. Making up the chai mixture itself is so much fun too, and you can really customise the spices you like!

    • thehungrymum at 6:10 am #

      I will have to try making my own chai, this one is lovely but quite pricey.

  10. The bundt cake reminds me of the movie “My Big fat Greek Wedding” lol. I absolutely love this recipe and this cake looks so darn delicious.

    • thehungrymum at 2:36 am #

      Thank you . I love that line about the cake having a hole in it 🙂

  11. Gather and Graze at 3:20 am #

    This sounds wonderful HM! Love chai, so I know that I would love this too! 🙂

  12. Mmmm this chai bundt cake looks so delicious!

  13. misweetlife at 12:10 pm #

    Omg! I can’t believe I only just saw this! Chai is like my favourite thing! This must be soo amazing😍 thank you for sharing I will definitely be making this soon!

    • The Hungry Mum at 8:16 am #

      Wow, what an enthusiastic comment 🙂 Thanks so much, hope you get a chance to make it, it is really delish.

  14. Kin at 8:07 am #

    It looks delicious. Can I use Chai tea bag instead of Chair tea leaves and how many inches bundt pan is three-litre Bundy pan? Thank you.

    • The Hungry Mum at 10:30 am #

      Sure – try it with the tea bag. Just cut the bag open and use the contents that way. The 3 litre pan is about 23-24cm – quite big!

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