Chai Coffee Cake And A Giveaway

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chai Coffee Cake

It won't be a surprise to say that there is always cake at the ready in the house. Whether it be for B. as a late night snack after a music job, friends dropping by on a late saturday afternoon, or simply as a quick snack as we pass by the kitchen. It's usually a variation of my grandma's yogurt cake. Always good. Always comforting. One cake I never make enough is coffee cake. You know, the kind with the lovely strudel top that is both crunchy and soft as you bite into it. But then Nicole's Chai Spiced Coffee Cake entered my life. Twice in one week. Three times a day, once.

I did not make it twice just for us and just because. You see, a couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a high school senior here in town, Haley, whose senior project was to recreate the Julie-Julia project but with David Lebovitz' Room For Dessert book. Haley asked if I would have a bit of time to give her some tips about running her blog chronicling the project, photography, writing, etc... I said yes. I remember when I started blogging that I was often looking up to my seniors for pointers (I still do at times) so I thought it was a great opportunity to give back to the blogging community. I am no expert but I have been at this blogging thing for a while now, eheheh.

And I love when life on the screen brings about wonderful little happenings like this!

Chai Spices

Anyway, I thought we'd have some cake and tea and get right into the nitty nifty gritty of blogging and pictures. Well, schedules got out of hands and I never got to make that Chai Coffee Cake for Haley. We did meet this week and spent a great afternoon. I hope I answered her questions, at least until next time we meet. I gave her tips on how to operate her point and shoot camera to the best of its capacity, tips on light, focus, etc...and let her play with my props. Hopefully, there will be cake next time we do this!

I love this cake on so many levels but first and foremost because it is one of the recipes that Nicole included in her newly released first cookbook, "The Baking Bites Cookbook". Nicole's Blog, Baking Bites is one of the handful of blogs I started reading prior to starting my own. We were "blog friends from afar" until we finally met at BlogHer Food in San Francisco. Nicole is as delightful and true as she is on her blog. I am so proud that she achieved one of her lifelong dreams by writing this book.

Chai Coffee Cake

I bluntly asked her if I could feature one of her recipes and introduce some of you to her blog if you did not read it already and to her "baby", The Baking Bites Cookbook. She agreed. I bluntly added "hey! Would you be ok to give a copy to one reader?" and she said yes. So here you go: there is one free copy of this delicious book up for grabs. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. The giveaway runs until Monday November 2nd, midnight US Eastern time and a reader will be chosen at random to receive a copy.

Given how good the Chai Coffee Cake was, I can't wait to bake more from Nicole's book!

Chai Coffee Cake


Chai-Spiced Crumb Coffee Cake, from The Baking Bites Cookbook with permission of Nicole Weston:

Cinnamon is the standard spice for topping a crumb coffee cake. This coffee cake keeps the crumb topping and spices it up a little more by using some of the same flavors that are found in chai, including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and allspice. These spices really help to make the coffee cake memorable - and they also make you want to come back for a second slice.

Note: the only change I made to the recipe was to fill my baking pan with half the batter, sprinkle some of the topping and add the remaining batter and topping.

Topping:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly

Cake:
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup sour cream, full or low fat

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or lightly greased aluminum foil.

Make the Topping:
In a medium bowl, combine all topping ingredients except butter. Whisk to blend.
Gradually stir in the melted butter, using a large fork or spatula to mix. When all the butter has been incorporated and the mixture looks like wet sand, squeeze small clumps together to make large crumbs ranging in size from that of a pea to that of a grape. Set aside.

Make the Cake:
In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract. With the mixer set on a low speed (or by hand), alternately add in flour and sour cream in two or three additions. When no streaks of flour remain, pour into prepared pan. Top evenly with crumb mixture.
Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack before slicing.
Serves 9-12

465 comments:

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Laura B. said...

Sounds amazing! Can't wait to try it!

Gina said...

I received some cardamom for my birthday and have been searching for great ways to use it. I love cake (all kinds) so I'll definitely be making this! Can't wait!!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

Annie said...

yum... i can't wait to try this recipe.

terri said...

i love the taste of chai, but i can't usually drink it, because the caffeine makes me jumpy. this sounds like the perfect recipe!

Erin said...

I love your blog! You always post such delicious recipes. I get so excited to try each new recipe you post. And now coffee cake? Yum!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Your so nice to help out a new blogger. Also this cake looks awesome...delicious :)

FoodieMommy said...

A great cookbook? From a fabulous website? With recipes like this I am definitely hoping for a chance to win. Thanks!

Katie Pawlowski said...

the marriage of my favorite winter drink and cake!!

Anna said...

Ooh chai spices make everything better.

Sandalola said...

Thanks for the offer! I like chai tea. I never thought of adding it to coffee cake. Great idea!

Osakaben said...

Somehow it's more acceptable to come home from a tough day of work and have a slice of "Chai Coffee cake", perhaps on heirloom china, than it is to just eat left over birthday cake straight from the fridge. Thanks for another avenue of baking fun to explore, as well as another acceptable excuse for eating extra cake.

Susan said...

Mmm,nummy nummy! I wish I had some now as I furiously work in lab :) Lovely pictures, as always.

cindy said...

Please choose me!

Deligirl said...

Coffee cake is a morning must. I can't wait to try this recipe.

I would love a copy of Baking Bites!

Wendy said...

I'd love a copy of her cookbook!!!
and coffeecake too? Wow!

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

Yay for Nicoles of the world getting published (of course, I could be biased).
Thanks for the opportunity! And for inspiring some creativity time in the kitchen!
Nicole K

JaBLes Mommy said...

Looks delicious! And thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

leblancaz@aol.com

muglinka said...

just bookmarked the maple coconut blondies recipe from baking bites. yummmmm.

Reni said...

Coffee cakes ! Ooohhh.. you make me drool here in front of my computer.. Gorgeous pics too !

Karna said...

Mmmmmm...looks and sounds SO good!

Christina Marie said...

So excited about the new cookbook. I've been dying to get my hands on a copy!

Anna said...

Oh my god am I really two minutes late?! NOOO! Please count me in anyway? Pretty please?

thomas said...

sounds delicious! on my list of recipes to try!

Anushruti said...

Its great that Baking Bites is out with a book. The cake looks awesome!

Karolina said...

I want to try food blogging myself..but kind of want it but I'm affraid at the same time...I suppose it's the same with everyone..or not? Your blog is definatately tasty :)

shaz said...

The cake looks like a winner, and hopefully I'll be one too (like the segue?).
That senior is very lucky to have you as her mentor!

sprite said...

I love coffee cake and this sounds like a delicious alternative to my normal recipe.

paula said...

I love how this blog world can bring people together. As for yours, it makes me want to be a brilliant cook.

Anne said...

Like I said on twitter, I think the project you're doing with the high school student is wonderful! And as a big fan of David Lebovitz's writing and recipes, I think I'd choose his work for a project too if I were her! That is of course, if I can tear myself away from your blog here. Lovely photos & recipes-- I actually came here today to look up the taffy covered apple recipe as I have an abundance of tiny, adorable apples on hand.

My work said...

Ooh!!! I hope I win. And thanks for the recipe!

Lorian said...

I love chai and I love cake-can't wait to try chai cake!!

Marie + January said...

must.have.

Oceanside Creations said...

This coffee cake sounds amazing and I love your blog. Thanks for the giveaway and all the great recipes you share with us.
Amanda
beadinbabe31@aol.com

Erica said...

What a fantastic coffee cake and give away!!

dena said...

I love chai! I imagine that it would be lovely in a cake.

Becs said...

Sounds delish! Fingers crossed!

Adriana said...

Wow, looks scrumptious! Can't wait to try it out.
-Adriana

Margo said...

Yum!

Diana C. said...

it looks superb, as does everything else on your blog. mmm, coffee cake...

momgateway said...

Can't wait to try the chai coffee cake!

Natasha said...

When I look at your blog I think that must be what baking in heaven looks like! Everything is so clean and neat, you seem to have lots of beautiful plates and utensils for styling... I'm so jealous! And you never seem to have baking disasters!

Perhaps you could take a picture of your kitchen and show us... How big is your kitchen, if you don't mind me asking?

Tartelette said...

Natasha: without tooting my own horn, working as a pastry chef minimizes the kitchen disasters. You can see more of my kitchen here. I am the second one in the post.

Anonymous said...

I baked this chai coffee cake today >> it's wonderful!!! Moist, but light, and utterly delicious. I used full-fat greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it worked (just thought I'd mention in case anybody has greek yogurt sitting around and wants to use it up)...

PS. The idea of adding the hidden layer of topping inside the cake is a very nice touch. Thanks!

Peggy said...

I think I can smell the Chai spices right now! Oh heavenly.

EatPlayLove said...

I love chai spice in baking, can't wait to try this recipe thank you for sharing!

Vanessa C. said...

I can't wait to try it!!!

Future Grown-Up said...

What a yummy recipe. And how cool that she's written an entire cookbook of yummy treats too.

KAREN said...

the chai coffee cake is just right for my tea party with my parents and grandma! cups of chai latte to go along =) thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Does the topping really need that much flour?

1 and a half cups?

Thank you.

Tartelette said...

Anonymous: you can certainly reduce it if you feel like it but the quantities worked perfectly for us.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I found your post on Tastespotting while looking for a coffee cake to make while my kids were here for the weekend. The cake was absolutely wonderful! I blogged it here:
http://scrambledhenfruit.blogspot.com/2010/01/chai-spiced-crumb-coffee-cake.html
Thanks so much!I'm definitely going to have to invest in the Baking Bites book now.

Naailah said...

What is allspice? can i omit it if i cant find it?

Tartelette said...

Naailah: allspice is a berry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allspice

yes, you can omit it if it's not easy to find.

Tartelette said...

Naailah: allspice is a berry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allspice

yes, you can omit it if it's not easy to find.

Caroline@SippinDrinks said...

Yummm...makes me want to go to a coffee shop and get a tasty treat and a warm cup of chai!

Paige said...

I made this cake a few weeks ago and never left a comment to let you know how much I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

skaterboiz said...

I bake with cardamom whenever possible and make iced chai by the pitcher-need I say more?

halil said...

i love it ...

Unknown said...

This recipe sounds yummy! Can't wait to see the cookbook!

Barb Bamber said...

I am relatively new to the blogging community... I love yours because of the innovative recipes and beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing...
Barb

Meg H said...

I was so glad to find this recipe. On a trip to India I learned how to make Chai tea the Indian way, and this will be a perfect compliment to it!

Angie Canham said...

I just popped this coffee cake in the oven, and I am ecstatic- all I have tasted is the batter and the crumbs, and I can't wait to try the finished product! I did add cloves and nutmeg, and since I only had 1/3 cup of sour cream, I compensated with plain greek yogurt. The batter was spectacular, so I can't imagine the cake will fail to impress! Thanks so much for a fabulous recipe.

Anonymous said...

I just made this and it is AH-MAZING! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Clarisse@TheTummyTrain said...

I just made this and it is AH-MAZING!! Thank you for sharing! :)

Noor said...

What a gorgeous blog you have. I was drawn to this recipe on pinterest. I have everything and I think I will give it a go tonight. So happy to find you.

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