Chai Spiced Apple Cake

Its already October, the year has gone by so quickly. Now that my daughter is in University and commutes everyday, I care for her more that she eats well. After a carefree school life of 12 years, Uni. life can be tough. Her daily schedule from Sunday through Friday afternoon is studying, eating, sleeping and then more studying. TV, phone, computer, all things digital have taken a back seat. This sudden change has surprised me but is a plus for the new phase of her life.



On certain days she leaves home at 6:30 AM and on those days I give her lunch as well as breakfast that she can easily eat on the bus. I like to pack something warm, healthy and portable like an egg roll, french toast or frittata. If she doesn’t want anything eggy then I take out muffin or a slice of cake from the freezer, that only take few seconds to warm up in the microwave.

My daughter loves having cake for breakfast and I love to bake.



I have  real weakness for spices and I use a lot during fall and winter months. Be it sweet milky tea, soup, stews, pies, cookies or cakes. Their deep aroma and strong taste make any food richer and the warming notes complement with cold weather. Since apples are the fruit of the season and go very well with spices, what better way to kick off the season?  I have been baking this wonderful apple cake for over 8 years, it is just perfect for cool fall mornings. The cake tastes just as you would imagine something called chai spiced apple cake. There is warm spiciness from Indian chai flavor and pleasant tartness from the fresh apple pieces.



Chai Spiced Apple Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 5 servings

A beautiful apple cake baked with granny smith apples and Indian chai spices for a fall morning breakfast.


  • 73 g (3/4 cup) almond meal
  • 96 g (3/4 cup) brown rice flour mix
  • 145 g (3/4 cup) golden brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cup diced granny smith apple
  • Chai spice
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°f. Spray a bundt or a tube pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and chai spices.
  3. In a mixer bowl or a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and eggs.
  4. Whisk in dry ingredients until just mixed.
  5. Stir in apple chunks.
  6. Spoon batter into the prepared pan, and smooth top.
  7. Bake for40 minutes or until the tester inserted in cake comes out clean.
  8. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Invert onto rack to cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Apple cinnamon bundt cake by Martha Stewart. When you click on the link it says from the special issue of Martha Stewart Living of 2007 but its an old recipe from her magazine that I have.

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    yummychunklet October 6, 2013 (12:14 pm)

    Love the big chunk of apple in that slice!

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    CCU October 6, 2013 (12:35 pm)

    Cake for breakfast? Lucky kid 😀
    Delicious recipe!


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    swathi October 6, 2013 (12:41 pm)

    Delicious chai spiced apple cake, I love it. Here I am leaving the link of my new site,please visitZest South Indian Kitchen

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    Ansh | Spiceroots October 6, 2013 (2:01 pm)

    Wonderfully delicious looking cake. It’s the season for spice!

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    Monica October 6, 2013 (2:52 pm)

    Congrats to your daughter for entering Uni! I am glad she has family at home to support here with the new workload. It is a big jump! She is one lucky girl to be eating so well. I love that you’ve made this cake for 8 years – that tells me it has to be amazing. And it sure looks amazing – I love the sound of the spices (the kitchen must smell amazing when it bakes) and I’m a huge fan of everyday cakes that don’t require icing. Lovely!

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      Balvinder October 7, 2013 (8:48 pm)

      I am doing whatever a mother can do, making her kid comfortable and providing with warm healthy meals. Thank you Monica! Yeah the cake tastes amazing!

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    Sugar et al October 6, 2013 (4:54 pm)

    What a delicious cake! Cakes with a spice infusion always have a warmth to them and nothing like apples to complement them. Your daughter is lucky to have such a fantastic cake for breakfast!

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      Balvinder October 7, 2013 (8:50 pm)

      Thank You Sonali! Chai spice does give an extra special kick to this apple cake.

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    anne October 7, 2013 (2:57 am)

    Bal , she’s such a lucky gal ! And it’s really nice that you have a guinea pig to taste test all your bakes 😀 The chai spice sounds really funky ! The flavor must be fantastic and I just can imagine the smell while you’re baking that delicious cake !

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      Balvinder October 7, 2013 (8:55 pm)

      I agree about that guinea pig thing, after all someone has to test taste the recipes:) The flavor of chai spice rally adds warmth and depth to the cake, which you would definitely like.

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    easyfoodsmith October 7, 2013 (3:08 am)

    Perfectly baked cake there Balvinder and the slice in the first pic did the trick itself of making me drool 😉

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    Helene D'Souza October 7, 2013 (4:53 am)

    I can not imagine autumn and winter without spiced sweet baked goods, they are so essential for the mood and the feeling one gets when biting into a seasonal cake or treat. I have been wanting to make chai flavored cakes since ever, but I never got around to give it a go. Your recipe is a sign Balvinder!

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      Balvinder October 7, 2013 (9:02 pm)

      Thanks Helene, I am so glad you liked the cake and its so true we crave more for spiced baked goods in fall. I hope you make it soon.

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    Juliana October 7, 2013 (4:33 pm)

    This cake looks so pretty and to tasty, I love the idea of the chai spices in this apple cake, such a natural…
    Have a great week Balvinder 😀

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    Katerina October 8, 2013 (2:32 am)

    She is a lucky girl who has a mom like you! I would love to have such a beautifully made cake for my breakfast too Balvinder!

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    Coffee and Crumpets October 8, 2013 (4:10 pm)

    Oh Bal, I can smell the cake!! Chai flavours are the best and incorporated into an apple cake, how delicious! I’d want a piece of this for breakfast too. I’m really punishing myself today, I’ve been so busy, I’m really far behind visiting all my friends sites so I’m here I am fasting and reading one amazing recipe after another. Argh! 30 minutes to go before I can eat!! Your cake is making me drool…..

    Nazneen xx

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    Nava Krishnan October 8, 2013 (8:30 pm)

    Love spices, love apples and love both in this spectacular cake. Would love to try out sometime in the future during my off peas season from work.

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