Apple chai tea cake

My friend Jen and I were just chatting the other day when the topic of chai tea came up (so random, I know!). She absolutely LOVES that stuff, while I have somewhat mixed feelings about it. I adore the the warming smell of chai tea - creamy, aromatic and spicy. In fact it smells so amazing that I always feel let down by the taste.

Then Jen proceeded to tell me about the apple chai cake that her clever husband recently made. Apple chai! What a wonderful flavour combination. And a brilliant way to encapsulate that wonderful smell of chai that I love in a rich buttery apple cake. I just had to make it for myself, and that's how I came to have my apple chai tea cake and smell it too.
Ingredients (makes 12 muffin sized cakes)

3 apples
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoon lemon juice

4-5 chai tea bags
1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cups self raising flour
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Core the apples then cut into half and slice thinly.

2. Place apple slices in bowl, add brown sugar and lemon juice. Mix well to coat and leave in fridge for a couple of hours or until apple slices have softened.

3. Place milk in small pot and heat on stove until just boiling. Remove from heat and add tea bags and allow to infuse for a couple of hours
4. Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F). Grease a 12 cup muffin tin

5. Sift flour, salt, sugar into a large bowl and set aside

6. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with tea infused milk, melted butter and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Spoon mixure into the greased muffin tin.

7. Arrange apple slices on top of mixture. If you want to be fancy and make an apple rose, first create the centre of the rose by rolling one apple slice and placing in the centre of the mixture . Place a second apple slice around the first one. Repeat with ~4 slices per muffin.
8. Bake until the cakes are golden brown and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes.

9. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for about 5 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely on rack.

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25 Responses to Apple chai tea cake

Enara Girl said...

It looks yummy and I love the flower shape of the cakes. xoxo

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This cake must taste just wonderful! Apples make everything better!

Rowena @ rolala loves

kidgranny said...

They look so gorgeous and sounds delicious too! & how awesome that your friend's husband baked one too!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

This is like the coolest recipe I've seen on the internet in a long time and your food styling is outstanding. Pinned it!! Have a great day, Trishie!

Ananka said...

Sounds good. I do love Chai Tea as well :-D

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

Mmmmm apple cake is one of my favourites. Yum!

My Garden Diaries said...

Oh I am in trouble!!! If I am having a hard time getting my day started because someone was up during the night my go to is a fat free chai tea latte from the coffee shop! These little cakes look divine and I bet the flavor and smell are out of this world!!! Thanks for sharing friend! Nicole xo

Rose said...

I know chai tea but I never drink before. Maybe can give it a try one day. What a clever recipe from your friend.

Kiss & Make-up said...

Yay for green tea! And oh my, those cupcakes look crazy delicious. And pretty, too.

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Missie said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I came upon your blog by accident as I was searching for natural skincare reviews. I had all the ingredients at home and tried it this morning. I couldn't get my roses to look as pretty as yours, so I made them into tea cakes. Everyone in my house loved them :) I love your site

Ice Pandora said...

Mhmm I love the classic apple pie and
I love drinking chai tea c: And this
combo of apple and chai cake sounds
super delicious! Love that you turned
the cakes into a rose!

trishie said...

@Missie thank you for leaving such a lovely comment! I am so happy to hear you've tried the recipe and everyone enjoyed it x

Tina Bradley said...

This looks heavenly! I can only imagine how good this smells fresh from the oven (and, tastes, too!)! T.

Shirley Tay said...

Love the presentation, Trishie! They look like pretty roses! xoxo

Lady of the Manor said...

This sounds just wonderful I must try it since I've liked everyone of your recipes!

Lady of the Manor said...

This sounds just wonderful I must try it since I've liked every one of your recipes!

jo said...

This sounds amazing Trishie!

xo Jo

trishie said...

@lady of the manor I do so hope you try it! Happy baking!!

Sharon D said...

Oh my, I bet it smelled heavenly, Trishie. These look really pretty! ^.^

Azura Chan said...

Not that they're look so tempting to eat, they're so beautiful. Like a real rose. ☺️

Arni said...

I would love this with coffee too.

Anouk said...

It looks like you need a bit of patience to make these but the end result is deliciously worth it!

Jane said...

and they look beautiful too!

burntfeather said...

Chai is my favourite type of tea! You have to try the Byron Bay brand! I love love how you did the apple roses on top - so pretty :)