Vanilla Chai Pound Cake

Vanilla Chai pound Cake-A delightful blend of vanilla and spice using Bigelow Tea for a unique flavor.

Vanilla Chai pound Cake-A delightful blend of vanilla and spice using Bigelow Tea for a unique flavor.

So busy. My youngest and I leave for Washington DC in the morning. Early. I mean really early. We have to be up at the school by 5 am. And today is Valentine’s Day. We’re not big on Valentine’s although I do buy some candy and usually play with some chocolate for dessert.
The thing is, while I’ll be with my youngest for 5 days, I’m leaving my older two with hubby at home. I know what they’ll be eating the whole time. Take Out.  They’ll have a good time. I’m sure there won’t be a veggie in site. Unless you want to count ketchup on fries as a veggie. I’m ok with that. I little fast food won’t kill them. And when I get home, I’ve got sauce in the freezer ready to take out for dinner.
Vanilla Chai pound Cake-A delightful blend of vanilla and spice using Bigelow Tea for a unique flavor.
But I want them to remember I’m gone, and miss me, just a little. Chef Dennis reminded me of Bill Cosby’s skit “Chocolate Cake for Breakfast.” I love Bill Cosby. Probably the only comedian who kept his act completely free of cussing and still had you laughing till your sides hurt.
Cake for breakfast. There’s something to this. If they’re going to be eating junk all weekend anyway. I could probably justify cake the same way Bill Cosby did. Eggs, flour, tea. Yup. Breakfast food!
Vanilla Chai pound Cake-A delightful blend of vanilla and spice using Bigelow Tea for a unique flavor.
Not only does this cake qualify as breakfast food but also aroma therapy. The minute you open the tea bags, the vanilla and spice assaults your senses. The foil pouches keep the tea so fresh. I could have sniffed those tea bags all day. But it gets better, as you steep the tea in the milk and then again for the glaze, I felt like I was in an old Calgon commercial. It’s that amazing.
I have to tell you this cake is fantastic. The flavor is a cross between a vanilla pound cake and a spice pound cake. I knew the cake would be good, I tasted the batter. In fact, I was the one to lick the bowl clean, something I haven’t done in years.
The glaze makes more than you’ll probably want to use but it’s ok. Just grab a spoon, or if you want to be a really cool Mom, save it for the kids. It reminded me of the old fashioned Maple Candy my Grandma used to make, only not maple flavored.
Vanilla Chai pound Cake-A delightful blend of vanilla and spice using Bigelow Tea for a unique flavor.
The original recipe used Bigelow Vanilla Caramel Tea. I was disappointed my Walmart didn’t carry it. After having a slice of this cake, I’m almost glad they didn’t have it. I still want to try this recipe with the Vanilla Caramel so I’ll check the other Walmarts in my area. We have 5. Using the Vanilla Chai was an amazing substitution and I’m so glad I decided to try it.

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Vanilla Chai Pound Cake #bigelowtea

Vanilla Chai Pound Cake #bigelowtea

Ingredients

    For the cake:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea bags
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 6 Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea bags
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a heatproof bowl or measuring cup to almost boiling in microwave (took about 90 seconds in mine) Add tea bags and let tea steep for 6 minutes. Strain and set aside to cool.
  2. Grease and flour bundt pan, set aside.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  4. In mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Add in sugar and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, making sure to completely incorporate.
  5. Fold in flour and tea infused milk. Just till combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes until golden on top and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let cool in pan before inverting onto serving plate.
  8. For the glaze, steep tea bags in boiling water for 6 minutes, Strain, In large bowl whisk tea into powdered sugar until smooth and creamy, drizzle over cooled cake.

Notes

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Comments

  1. Sound delicious Joan! Have a great trip in DC!

  2. This sounds great – you are already at the school and on your way to DC. have a lovely time – and when you get back, could you tell me please, what Chai tastes like? I would love to try this but I’ve never tasted Chai and wonder what it tastes like. Take Care!!

    • Shireen Whitmore says:

      The people of India boil their tea with spices like cardamom, star anise, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. The word chai to them simply means tea, because that’s just how they make it.

      I was shocked the first time I saw my friend Masuma make chai. She put water into a pot – one you would use to boil pasta – and threw in several bags of a black tea. I thought, surely she didn’t mean to boil the tea! How very un-British! Well she did, with the assortment of spices I listed above. After boiling until the tea was good and strong and the spices had infused their essence, she added whole milk and sweetened it with sugar. She ladled it out of the pot, into a tea cup and after waiting for it to cool, I took my first sip. It was delightful. I love the heady fragrance that greeted me when I lifted the cup to drink. The milk and sugar rounded out any bitterness of the black tea and the spices…well, they turned a cup of tea into an exotic treat.

      The commercial version of this tea are fine. They allow you to make enough for one or two cups of tea. Masuma would always make a big pot of tea for the entire family.

  3. What a delicious way to use the tea, Joan!! We have the Bill cosby skit recorded, we LOVE it! Hope your trip is going great so far :)

  4. I wish I were there to grab that glaze dripping down the side! Yum! THIS is my kind of breakfast!

  5. Oh my gosh, I love chai tea! This looks pretty awesome Joan!

  6. Yum! This sounds amazing

  7. There is nothing like mom going away for a few days to create some family appreciation. It doesn’t take long before you’re taken for granted again but it sure is fun while it lasts :) This looks like a wonderful flavor blend. Warm and cozy. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  8. Never used tea in baking before, but this looks delicious! Have a good trip! :D

  9. Oh, what a delicious-looking cake! I can only imagine how wonderful it made the house smell. :D

  10. Wow, your cake looks so good with all that glaze coming down the sides. Enjoy your trip and Happy Valentine’s Day a little late :)

  11. This looks delicious!

  12. mmmmmm looks divine …i’m going to have to make this, I love chai!

  13. Love the sound of this!

  14. I am in love with that chai tea too! That cake with all the glaze on it looks so delicious!!!

  15. Beautiful cake, Joan…I can just imagine that wonderful Vanilla Chai scent as I was reading your post.

  16. I’ve just published my version of your cake! :-) With some changes, because I’m lactose intolerant, but it was a major success! :-)
    http://cozinharsemlactose.blogspot.pt/2013/03/bolo-chalado.html

  17. I’m a Chai Tea lover!!! Al kinds of Chai. I can’t wait to try this cake. I might even make it into cupcakes. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  18. Hi!!! I need help. On the instructions says to add cream but it is not on the ingredients list.

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