May 8, 2013

Chai Masala Cake / Masala Tea Cake / Indian Tea Spice Cake

I love baking simple, elegant, easy, soft, plain, not too sweet cakes which pairs beautifully with a cup of chai or coffee. I love cream cakes, but i don't crave for it often. I love chocolate cakes anytime, there is no time limit for it. But plain cakes are my favorite. 

When talking about cakes, i have a special addiction in making streusal cakes. There is something special about this kind of cakes. It take the ordinary simple cakes to the next level. 

My recent favorite is this cake. When i came across this recipe i want to bake it immediately. I had all the ingredients except chai masala powder. Infact you can make your own chai masala. But i was so lazy to make a batch. So last week when i was shopping i picked a packet of that and was ready to bake. The chai masala gave a lovely aroma to the cakes and my entire house smelled so heavenly when i was baking this.

The one thing which i modified in this recipe is the butter, i substituted it with oil, still the cake turned out so soft and moist.The yogurt which we add in this recipe made the cake so moist. The entire batch disappeared the same day itself. It was that good. Everyone loved it so much. The cashews which we add in the topping gave a lovely crunch to the cakes and made it so special. So try this cake and let me know how it turned out.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Baking Time : 40 to 45 mins
Makes - 20 cm loaf cake, Serves 5 to 6
Recipe Source :


All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1 1/4 cup / 150 grams
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 1/2 cup / 120 ml / 4 fluid ounces
Sugar - 3/4 cup / 150 grams
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Egg - 2
Curd / Yogurt - 3/4 cup / 180 ml / 6 fluid ounces

For Crumble Topping:
Oil - 2 tblspn
Flour - 2 tblspn
Sugar - 3 tblspn
Chai Masala Powder - 2 tblspn
Cashew nuts  - 1/4 cup / 40 grams


Take a 20 cm loaf pan and butter it generously, dust it with flour and tap off the excess. Set it aside till use.

Preheat the oven to 180 Degree C / 360 Degree F.

Take flour, baking powder and baking soda in a sifter and sieve them. Set them aside till use.

Now make the streusal topping, Take all the ingredients for streusal topping in a bowl and fork  it through till it resembles crumble. Set it aside till use.

Now start making the batter. Take oil, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and mix them well.

Add in couple of eggs and mix well.

Now add in half of the flour mixture and fold them gently.

Add in the yogurt and mix well.

Now add in the remaining flour mixture and fold well.

Add half of the batter into the loaf pan and top off with 3/4 of the streusal topping. Cover with the remaining batter and top off with the remaining streusal topping.

Bake it preheated oven for 40 to 45 mins till it is completely baked. Insert a skewer into the loaf cake till there is no wet batter on that.

Allow the cake to cool down for 15 mins. Invert the cake to a wire rack and allow it to cool down completely.

Slice and serve with a cup of chai.

Take all your ingredients

Take flour in a sifter

Add in baking powder

Add in baking soda

sift it till fine

Take streusal ingredients in a bowl and mix well

Set it aside till use
Take oil , sugar and vanilla in a bowl

Beat it till creamy

Add in eggs

And mix them well

Now add in half of the flour mixture

Pour in yogurt

Add the remaining flour mixture

Mix well

Butter the pan and dust it with flour

Pour in half of the batter

3/4th of the streusal topping

Cover with remaining batter

Top with the remaining streusal topping

All bake it


Enjoy a slice with a cup of chai


Shweet Spicess said... Best Blogger Tips

Something Ive been thinking of and you did it :) Looks awesome in my to do list now :)

Rumana Ambrin said... Best Blogger Tips

So perfect cake...

VineelaSiva said... Best Blogger Tips

Aarthi the cakes looks yummy.

Sunanda said... Best Blogger Tips

Chai masala cake the name sounds very interesting.. it look soft and yummy..

Sunandas Kitchen

Ponnu Alfred said... Best Blogger Tips

Nicely done Cake ........... bookmarked ........

Pet memorials said... Best Blogger Tips

Nicely made, hope it does taste good as it looks, I loved you recipe its so simple and easy to follow

Zahira said... Best Blogger Tips

What exactly is chai masala

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@ZahiraChai Masala is a spice mix which has lots of spices in it like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and so on. It is added to tea in a small amount to make masala tea.

morri said... Best Blogger Tips

So far I've tried tons of your dinner recipes, but no sweets. However, as soon as I saw this, I knew it needed to change, because chai masala is one of my favourite drinks ever.

Replacing the butter with oil makes this cake incredibly light. I also love the addition of spice streusel (I used home made masala from your chai recipe). At first the loaf looks like such an innocent teacake, but then you suddenly feel the "punch" and your mouth gets all warm from the spices. Yum!

ushaprashanth said... Best Blogger Tips

Where do we get this loaf tin from? cake looks lovely!!

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@ushaprashanthI got it from a whole sale dealer from online.

ushaprashanth said... Best Blogger Tips


Great Aarthi! could you give me the link for that online shop?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@ushaprashanthHere is the link.Contact him by phone

Tanuja Durve said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi !Aarthi,
What if yoghurt is dropped in this recipe ?Will it affect the taste of the cake?Pls reply becoz I've chai masala & I can make it for tomorrow's brunch.

Tanuja Durve.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tanuja DurveYou cannot skip yogurt in this. It is a main ingredient to make the cake soft

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

how to make chai asala as I don't have instant chai masala Arthi

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousCheck out this post

farzana vaseem said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi..d link u mentioned above 4 preparing d masala chai at home says dat d page does not exist....pls help

rakhi said... Best Blogger Tips

If I'll not put egg into.even then it will be fine??

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@rakhiI haven't tried this cake without eggs. But if you dont want to use eggs, add some more may be 1/4 cup of curd. I think it will be good. Try it and let me know the results.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@farzana vaseemCheck this out

Anu Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Best Recipe. I loved it. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe with us. Spices Online

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi,

Excelent recipe..cake looks so yumm...but a small confusion.The chai masala in your recipe says 2 tbsp, whereas the 'showmethecurry' site says 2 tsp.I have with me Everest tea masala much to add?thanx