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chai spice cake with maple cream cheese glaze on white serving plate with sugared cranberries on top and cinnamon sticks and star anise arranged around cake

Chai Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

This spice cake is moist, rich and packed with chai flavor from cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and nutmeg!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices


  • 2 ½ cups cake flour spooned and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 cup Bundt pan with baking spray, being sure to get all crevices. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the cake flour, baking powder, spices and salt together and set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. (Beat on high approximately 3-5 minutes to break down the sugar crystals.)
  • Once the butter and sugar are well creamed. Scrape the mixing bowl with a rubber spatula. Then turn the mixer on low and beat in the eggs one at time, incorporating after each addition. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Scrape the bowl again. Turn the mixer back on low and alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk until both are well combined. Turn off the mixer.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake on the middle rack, undisturbed for 45 minutes.
  • Check the cake by inserting a skewer near the center. If it comes out clean, take the cake out of the oven. If the toothpick has batter on it, bake another 5-10 minutes and recheck.
  • Allow the cakes to cool 10 minutes in the pan. Then carefully flip the cake out on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Beat cream cheese in medium bowl with an electric hand mixer until creamy.
  • Beat in powdered sugar and maple syrup. Stir in vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of milk. Add more milk until desired consistency is reached and glaze can be drizzled easily with a spoon.
  • Drizzle glaze over top of completely cooled cake with a spoon and allow to run down sides. Slice and enjoy!
Keyword bundt cake, cake recipe, spice cake
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