Orange Chai Tea Cake

Warm and Spicy... There is a very gentle change in the air here. You can sniff and feel that summer is packing up her beautiful tent, and autumn will soon knock at the door. Lately I find myself beginning to crave warmer things to eat and drink, as well as spices. And with warming spices in mind, I made this Orange Chai Tea Cake. Now, I will admit, that things flavored with orange are not my most favorite, as I much prefer lemon, or lime. But orange works beautifully with the spiciness of chai tea used in this recipe. I served the cake with a robust black tea. 

Orange Chai Tea Cake --makes 1 loaf cake

3 chai tea bags (I used Yogi Tea's Classic blend)
1/2 cup milk (I used whole milk for better flavor)
1/2 cup butter, melted and allowed to cool
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour/plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
zest of one orange, divided--set aside a little for garnish
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey

1 cup confectioner's/icing sugar (I like a LOT of glaze! ;) 
2 tablespoons orange juice
--reserved orange zest

Baking Instructions:

1. Gently heat the milk in a small saucepan until just under boiling point. Remove from heat. Add 2 tea bags to the milk, and steep for 20-30 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Cut open the remaining tea bag, and add the tea leaves to the tea-milk mixture.

2. Preheat oven to 350 F/180 C, and butter a 9" x 5" loaf pan.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and orange zest, set aside.

4. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and honey. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the flour mixture. Add the tea-infused milk mixture, and blend well. 

5. Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Test if done with a toothpick. If the top of the cake is browning too quickly, cover with a piece of aluminum foil. Cool cake in pan for 10-15 minutes on a wire rack. Turn cake out onto the rack, and allow to cool completely before glazing.

6. Mix together the confectioner's/icing sugar and orange juice, and drizzle over the cooled cake. Sprinkle top of cake with orange zest to garnish. Allow the glaze to set a little bit before slicing and serving. Brew a pot, or cup, of tea and enjoy!

**For other baking measurements, try Online Conversion, the Cooking Conversion page is very helpful.**

This recipe is similar to two other tea cakes I shared recipes for earlier this spring and summer: 

Lemon Lady Grey Tea Cake and a Green Tea Cake with Rose and Lemon


  1. Are you able to watch The Great British Beak-off in Norway? I love it! We have a Dutch version which starts next Sunday. It always makes me want to start baking something, but the point is.. I also have to eat it, which is not wise, considering my weight ;-)

    1. With my adventures in baking bread, and the occasionally cake, my waistline is not happy with me at all... so I know what you mean, Nicolette! I know about that baking show, though I've not seen it. Same with the Great British Sewing Bee. We don't watch much TV, not having a TV, but we do watch things online. I'm not much for these competition-style programs, though it is interesting what people create.

  2. looks yummy! so glad! have a wonderful day today! HUGS to you! God bless and keep you!

  3. This bread sounds so delicious to go with tea. I would love it. Today we are having pleasant weather, but very hot temperatures are due in another day or two. I think I am ready for fall with some of the bread and a hot cup of tea.

    1. This cake would be nice for an autumn tea gathering, Marilyn! I might play with adding some extra spices to this recipe later and using a light brown sugar... I like this time when autumn delights gently call to us. :)

  4. This looks good -- and very pretty! I just had a lemon zucchini bread (more like a tea cake) that was good and thought of you. Let me know if zucchini is in your garden or market and I'll send you the recipe!

    1. Would love to try that recipe, Jeanie! I saw a recipe lately that sounded just like that. We've not had zucchini in our garden (not this year, maybe next!)... but I have a zucchini in the fridge, and lemon! It's been a long time since I made a zucchini cake. Used to have a recipe for a zucchini choc chip muffins that were good, and should try that again. But thanks so much for the recipe send, when you can time! :) ((HUGS))

  5. That looks magnificent Tracy! Oh what I wouldn't give to be able to sit down and have a nice hot cuppa and piece of cake with you! You are a treasure. Love you to bits. xoxo

    1. Oh, that would be the best--tea and cake shared with you! We talk about the tea we shared with you & Todd (and that delicious pub meal--remember?!) so often... Soo hope and pray we can repeat that again one day! :)))

  6. Thanks for sharing your recipes; I love it. You inspire me to want to cook more but that won't happen tell my life settles down a bit.
    We are still enjoying summer weather here; but I think the cool down is coming. I look forward to cooler evenings to spend some time on our patio.
    Blessings and hugs!

  7. Thanks for the recipe share. I'll never be a cook but I can almost smell it cooking!


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