Masala Chai Mug Cake

Hey y’all!

Long time, no see! I’m back with another recipe:)

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This mug cake is moist, soft and aromatic. Made with homemade masala chai, this is sure to brighten any gloomy afternoon.

Scarlett and I just came back from a 6-day bike tour to Vienna, Austria (which she will be writing about) and I was craving chai that I made before the trip. But, I was also craving cake so I decided to mix the two, to create this perfect afternoon treat.

x C

Recipe for mug cake (1 serving):


  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp chai
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp chai


  1. In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
  3. Create a well in the flour mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Whisk together until well mixed.
  4. Pour into a mug and bake in the oven, at 180 degrees Celsius, for 30 minutes (you can also do this in a microwave, but I don’t have one so I don’t know how long it would take).
  5. When cooled, prepare the glaze. To do this, whisk together baking powder and chai until you have a thick but pourable glaze. Amount of chai may vary.
  6. Eat when still warm.

Recipe for chai (makes about 8 servings) from Tastemade:


  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp whole black pepper
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 tbsp black tea leaves
  • sugar to taste


  1. In a coffee grinder or mortar, coarsely grind the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom and whole black pepper.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the whole milk and water to a simmer, add the spices and ginger and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat, add the tea leaves and let steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the spices, ginger and tea and bring chai back to a simmer.
  5. Add sugar to taste.

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