Monday, April 21, 2014

chai banana cake

Friends! How was your Easter?? We had the best time yesterday celebrating with our families at our house, though I have to admit that I am tiiiiirrrreeeed today.

Okay, you guys, this cake. I'm a sucker for all things chai, and all those yummy spices work so well with the banana. Plus, this cake is ridiculously moist, and truly gets better day by day. That is, if you can resist it long enough...

This can be served with vanilla ice cream for dessert or on its own with a cup of coffee for breakfast. Cake for breakfast!

Chai Banana Cake (from Spoon Fork Bacon)
yields one 8x8 cake

you'll need:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon chai
3 medium over-ripe bananas
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg together in a mixing bowl.

Pour milk and chai into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes. Discard the used chai, then transfer to a bowl. Add the mashed bananas and mix together.

Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and banana mixture and stir until just combined. Stop the mixer, add the flour mixture all at once, and stir until just combined.

Grease an 8x8 baking dish and pour in cake batter.

Bake for 80-90 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

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  1. Bananas and chai tea are a totally respectable breakfast in my neck of the woods. Love this cake.

    PS: You put tea in your banana cake, I put coffee in my banana cake. I think we might be onto something. ;)

  2. YUM. It's really a darn shame I'm allergic to bananas because otherwise I'd be all over this like white on rice. Or more aptly, ice cream on cake. :)

    stephanie @ girl versus dough

    1. Ah! Such a shame :( But at least you're not allergic to ice cream! ;)

  3. Oh! does this look good, I love cake for breakfast, and this looks like a great combination. Do you plan your recipes ahead or do you wait until you have ingredients left over or starting to turn to decide?

    1. Thanks Cheri! I do a little of both... this cake was made because I had a ton of bananas from our CSA share this week! I try to plan a few dinners a week for us and do the bulk of my shopping on Sunday or Monday.

  4. Love, Chai, love bananas! I can only imagine how great this tastes!!

  5. This sounds FABULOUS! Chai with banana is a match made in heaven!

  6. This looks so inviting, Marie! I love anything with ice cream but the banana cake itself must taste so good. I want a bowl!

  7. It's been years since I've had chai, but I absolutely love the flavors and aromas. I can only imagine how wonderful it would taste in your banana cake!

  8. Ooh yum - some of my favorite things all in one! I'll have to try this ASAP. I'm all about some cake for breakfast! xoxo

    1. Thanks love! Definitely try it -- you'll LOVE it! Cake for breakfast 4 life.

  9. I don't know what I"m more impressed with...the fact that you guys had leftovers of this OR how amazing this looks! Though I suppose the two go hand in hand. I am such a chai spice addict. Love this banana bread!

    1. Thanks dear! I agree on the chai spice addiction... it's too good!

  10. I love the aroma of chai! I bet this smelled great while it was baking!

  11. um, YES. Cake for breakfast. I love chai spice! Paired with banana I bet this is fantastic! Love it Marie!

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