Chai tea sultana cake

7 Oct

IChai tea sultana loaf. The Hungry Mum

This is a what I like to think of as a nana cake. I say this without malice, as I am a nana before my time. To wit: I love shopping baskets on wheels, cardigans, baking, and nana naps (not all at the same time). 

Sultana cakes are nana-esque, as are loaf cakes. What ramps this sultana loaf cake up from your garden-variety version is the chai-soaked sultanas. It adds a spiciness and aromatic flavour, and all the butter keeps the cake moist.

All this cake requires is a dusting of icing sugar, and afterwards – a nana nap.

Chai tea sultana loaf.


125 grams unsalted butter, softened, diced

¾ cup caster sugar

2 eggs lightly beaten

1 tablespoon golden syrup

1 cup milk

2 cups self-raising flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup sultanas

1 tablespoon chai mix made into a cup of tea, then strained.



Make chai tea, allow to sit for 10 minutes, strain then pour over the sultanas for at least an hour. Drain.

Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a large loaf cake tin with non-stick paper.

In bowl of electric mixer beat sugar and butter until light and creamy, then beat in eggs, syrup and milk.

Turn off beaters, scrape down sides of bowl with spatula, then with beaters on slow beat in flour and cinnamon.

Using a silver spoon stir though drained sultanas then scrape into cake tin. Bake for 45-52 minutes – a skewer inserted should come out clean.

Sit in pan for 10 minutes then turn onto wire rack to cool completely.

Sultana loaf cake


21 Responses to “Chai tea sultana cake”

  1. Philip October 7, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    That looks so tasty. Great flavours

  2. cheergerm October 7, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Love a nana nap and the idea of this wee cake with chai soaked ‘tarnies is tantalising.

    • The Hungry Mum October 7, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

      My weekend revolves around when I can have a nana nap 🙂 Ta for the kid words, as always x

  3. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext October 7, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    This cake looks gorgeous! Love the flavours. So delicious served with a cup of tea!

    • The Hungry Mum October 7, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

      Thanks Jess! A cuppa would be the perfect pairing.

  4. youthfoodblog October 7, 2015 at 10:38 pm #


  5. alexcellent October 8, 2015 at 1:43 am #

    Yum, looks great. I’m going to make it. I’m a big fan of the nana cake. My grandmother used to make this amazing date loaf and served it buttered. wonderful.

  6. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) October 8, 2015 at 1:44 am #

    Do love chai and I do love a old fashioned sultana cake, yum.

  7. hotlyspiced October 8, 2015 at 2:46 am #

    I love your cake stand with the cover. I shop with a granny trolley! It’s easier for me to walk to the shops then get in the car and drive so it’s the easiest way to bring home the groceries xx

    • The Hungry Mum October 8, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Aren’t those trolleys the best?! I love mine, so easy and so nana-chic x

  8. My Kitchen Stories October 8, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    I love sultana cake. I would love a nana nap too if I had time

  9. Jasline @ Foodie Baker October 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    Oooh I’ve always steeped my raisins in rum when I baked cakes, never thought of chai tea! Definitely going to do that next time, the cake looks absolutely delicious!

  10. Sweet and Savoury Pursuits October 9, 2015 at 1:31 am #

    Sounds delicious, I could certainly go for a slice right now!

    • The Hungry Mum October 9, 2015 at 6:07 am #

      Thank you! It was a lovely cake, shame it is all gone 😉

  11. Anna @ shenANNAgans October 9, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    Just gorgeous, love the cake stand too. 🙂
    I heart chai tea so much, what a brill idea for a cake/loaf. Is chai caffeine free? Hmmmm….

  12. deliciousdaydreams October 9, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    Your recipe is amazing, but I am really in love with your cake stand. Did you craft that yourself?

    • The Hungry Mum October 10, 2015 at 1:13 am #

      Thanks! Nope, the cake stand was an engagement gift from friends many years ago 😉

  13. milkandbun October 10, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    Yummy! I love sultana/raisins in cakes 🙂 How can I sub golden syrup?

  14. Sophie33 October 22, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    Amazing lovely looking inviting cake! I need to make this cool recipe soon! xxx

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