Sky-High Chai Cake with Honey-Ginger Cream (The Cake Slice Bakers)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Food Librarian - Chai Cake with Honey Ginger Frosting
Chai Cake with Honey-Ginger Cream

For this month's The Cake Slice Bakers selection, we voted to make Chai Cake! I made this cake right after I got the fantastic book, Sky-High Cakes by Alisa Huntsman (see post here) and was delighted to make it again. It was a fan favorite at the library back then, and it continues to be one of my absolute favorites. It's on page 152 of the Sky-High Cake book and I'm sure you can find the recipe on other Cake Slice Baker's blogs.

Food Librarian - Chai Cake with Honey Ginger Frosting
Last time, I used regular Chai tea and gave away the extra tea bags because I don't drink caffeine (I get headaches). So this time I picked up decaf Chai at Fresh & Easy so I could enjoy the extra tea bags!

Next time (of course there will be a next time! I love this cake!), I'm thinking of trying the Good Earth Sweet and Spicy tea that you can pick up at Trader Joe's. I think that combo of spices will be delicious as well! :)

Food Librarian - Chai Cake with Honey Ginger Frosting
Topped with a honey, ginger, cream cheese frosting...all made in the food processor. That is brilliant! True to the name of the book, this cake is SKY-HIGH. Three 8-inch layers...I hope it doesn't topple over in the car on the way to work! :)

Thanks Alisa for writing such a fantastic book! If you don't have it yet, please, please pick it up - you won't be disappointed! Check out the other Cake Slice Bakers!

P.S. Today is the last day to enter my 5 giveaways for National Library Week. See the five posts below! Good luck and please check out your local library! :)
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Mumsy said... [Reply to comment]

As always, your cake looks magnificent! I'm jealous of those tall layers. Mine were so flat the first time. The second time I only used two pans. YES. I made it again. This is one of the best cakes I've ever had in my life. :)

Jacque said... [Reply to comment]

I agree, this was a TALL cake. Yours looks perfectly baked.

And good idea too, varying the type of tea used. It would be worth a test :)

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

thanks for the introduction to the book! and that cake really is sky high! :)

Teanna said... [Reply to comment]

Mmm that Sweet and Spicy tea sounds like it would be amazing in your cake! But your cake is already gorgeous as it is!

Elyse said... [Reply to comment]

Oh man. This cake looks totally irresistable. I love that you're planning to mix it up by using different teas. I wish I could steal a slice (or ask you nicely for one) right now. What an excellent job!

Mary Jo said... [Reply to comment]

i decided to do a more traditional cream cheese frosting and wondered how it might look with the thinner cream, looks fantastic! i loved this cake :)

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

It looks gorgeous! All cake and minimal frosting = my favourite!

symphonious sweets said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake looks so elegant!

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmmmm, this looks SO tasty! What great flavors. :)
Gorgeous photos!

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful looking cake! I love the flavor of chai!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Looks delicious and as always with your cakes, gorgeous.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, you're not kidding - that is one tall cake! It looks fabulous!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Whoa, your cake turned out really shy high. This cake was great.

Heather S-G said... [Reply to comment]

Wow...this is awesome! And the flavors sound so cozy...I'd love to try this...not sure if I have the courage, though :/

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Hm. Caffeine is supposed to help with your headaches, well, once you get one I guess.

A doctor told a few friends of mine to chug a Coke when you get a bad headache. Sounds like it'd just cause gas.

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, I really want to try this. It's a bad inspiration, but Sbucks had a vanilla-glazed chai tea cake once (only once!) that I really liked. I'm sure this is MUCH better!

Engineer Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Hehe - it looks a bit like it's already leaning :) Beautiful as always though. Love the flavors.

Donna-FFW said... [Reply to comment]

Absolute perfection, as always..

oneordinaryday said... [Reply to comment]

Really lovely. Great, great job.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful and so tempting! A book I'll have to buy one of those days...



Patricia @ ButterYum said... [Reply to comment]

All I can say is YUM!

jane of many trades said... [Reply to comment]

honestly, i should have asked you to do the pr for sky high, you certainly have done more than the publisher!
thanks for the kind words, again!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

Amazing cake! I love how tall it is. That is one mighty dessert!! Thanks for a fun week. I always love your posts!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Good golly... your layers are really tall. I am so jealous.

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

what a gorgeous cake! must be delicious. so so good :)

Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

It looks absolutely amazing. I need to go ahead and make this one. It sounds so good too.

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

I just joined the cake slice bakers (thanks for the inspiration!) and I made this cake. It was so good.

I don't which of your two cakes I like better. They're both so pretty!

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

MAN - your layers look incredible. How do you get them so tall and even? Great job. (I miss the librarians in the pictures now).

Jin Hooi said... [Reply to comment]

Wow.. your cake looks great !! well done !!

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

it is so high, and gorgeous!!

Lulu the Baker said... [Reply to comment]

I used decaf too! I used the Good Earth brand, and it was heavenly.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

You are truly talented, I love to hear "Sky-high" always makes me wonder... "wink" "Mile High" lol

I love Tea cakes, Chair, Earl Grey.. oh this just looks absolutely fantastic.

Count me in for the give away too!

Jo said... [Reply to comment]

Looks absolutely delicious and so pretty. And didn't you think this was a great recipe?

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, talk about sky high!! That cream sounds fantastic!

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmm this is one of the cakes I really want to try from Sky High Cakes! Looks awesome.

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

Wow - that is so tall and delicious looking!

I've already entered your giveaways - now it's time for you to enter mine!

Stephanie said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake looks amazing!

Cakespy said... [Reply to comment]

This is truly a cake to dream on! It's lovely.

MacDuff said... [Reply to comment]

Oh gosh, this looks ridiculously delicious. MUST....TRY.....

Sihan said... [Reply to comment]

this was an awesome cake! I just posted mine too. a little late. but better than never! everyone enjoyed it!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

amazing, beautiful cake. wow!!
Lovely pictures.

Coco Cake Land said... [Reply to comment]

woohoo!!! i made this recipe too-- in cupcake form... turned out so lovely and perfectly fluffy... i frosted them with creamcheese frosting with a pool of mango puree in the middle.

YOUR CAKE VERSION looks amazing...!!! i love that book! :)

Ingrid_3Bs said... [Reply to comment]

With everyone raving about this one I'm going to have to give it a try.

TeaLady said... [Reply to comment]

As much as i LOVE chai, I didn't get a chance to make this one. Try Stash Double Spice Chai Black Tea. When I don't make my own spice this is what I like. Your cake looks wonderful.

Di said... [Reply to comment]

I know I've seen this cake on your blog before, and it looks lovely again. I really want to give this one a try. I really enjoy drinking chai. Like the Tealady, I like the Stash ones--they have a decaf vanilla chai that you might enjoy.

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