When it comes to baking, I gotta live vicariously through my girl, Frankie. To put it another way: I make furniture, and that’s usually how my cakes turn out. One of my spectacular failures happened when my husband’s buddy turned 30. My downfall was brought by homemade strawberry icing, which I decorated like a football field with a Hot Wheels GTO racing through green sprinkle “grass” at the 30-yard line. It was beautiful… until the strawberry frosting began to macerate in transit. When we arrived, my cake looked like a toy car stuck in a Pyrex full of pinkish, creamed spinach. I’ll admit, I actually cried.
I can count my cake disasters like Bubba Gump. However, this Chai cake was such a huge success that I still brag about it years later. It’s magic because I didn’t destroy it, and because I invented the recipe. This cake made me feel like Donna Reed in combat boots, kicking desserts right in the patisserie. Seriously though, if you need cool furniture then I’m your girl. If you wanna bake like Julia Child on steroids, then Frankie is your tastiest bet.
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Magic Chai Spice Cake w/ Honey Orange Ginger Glaze:
**Add the spices according to your own palate, just make sure to taste the batter often as you go. I prefer a strong flavor so these are the measurements I used. Everyone else seemed to love it too.
2 cups brown sugar
3 cups A.P. flour (unbleached)
3 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup softened butter
1 cup spiced chai tea (brewed, not loose leaves)
0.5 cup milk
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1.5 tbsp. nutmeg
3 tbsp. tea masala mix (I got mine from an Indian grocery. If you can’t find a masala blend, just add ground cardamom and a pinch of black pepper to the batter instead.)
1 tbsp. vanilla
**Mix dry ingredients, then add wet, mix until smooth, divide into 2 round pans and bake for ~23 minutes or until toothpick test is clean.
**Make cream cheese frosting (I like this one: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cream-cheese-frosting-ii/)
squeeze the juice of 4 clementines or 2 small oranges into the frosting
add 1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. ginger (I prefer to grate it fresh, but you can use ground.)
4 tbsp. orange blossom honey
**Sprinkle extra cinnamon and tea masala on top after cake is iced.
Cream Cheese Frosting II Recipe – Allrecipes.com