A couple of months ago I was approached by Adagio Teas to try out their products and make a few items for my blog. My first sponsored post, how fantastic! Overjoyed and overly excited I hopped over to their website and ordered a bundle of different teas. I then proceeded to take a multitude of vacations and got extremely busy at work and had no time to try them out… until now!
Being that May is the month of many of my closest friends’ birthdays and being that one of those people is Liz who adores tea just about as much as I do, I had the perfect excuse to get to experimenting! I opened up the sampler pack of chai teas that I ordered and started lusting over the beautiful leaves. The teas all have gorgeous colors with flowers and spices in nice large chunks. Particularly intrigued by the Rooibos Vanilla Chai Tea, I was inspired to make a bundt! Surprised? Ok…me neither.
What I ended up with was a soft and crumbly vanilla chai bundt cake with a light vanilla chai cream cheese glaze. Packed with all of the vanilla chai flavor you love from a cup of tea, this cake isn’t overly sweet. Light enough to serve as an afternoon accompaniment to tea… or after a huge plate of barbecue (like we did!), you will love this unique cake. To top off the dreamy cake, I chose to pair it with a cream cheese glaze, also infused with Adagio Roobios Vanilla Chai Tea, that includes the flavors of a cream cheese frosting without being too overpoweringly sweet. You can pour it over the top of the bundt for dramatic effect, but make sure to save some for an extra drizzle while serving!
The easiest way to incorporate tea into baking is by steeping it in milk and throwing it into your recipe like I did here! Other methods include mixing loose tea leaves straight into the bowl of other ingredients (a little odd in a cake texture) or steeping it in hot butter and then straining it and re-solidifying it (more difficult a task than I would like to endure). For this cake, you only need as much as what comes in a sample pack from the website, so you can get the tea for only $2! Though the tea was free for me, I am thoroughly impressed by what I received. The tea was aromatic and beautiful and gave great flavor to this cake! I will definitely be buying it again… who could resist the temptation to make this loveliness all over again?
Vanilla Chai Tea Bundt Cake with Vanilla Chai and Cream Cheese Glaze
1 cup Milk
2 Tbs. Rooibos Vanilla Chai Tea
1 cup Butter
2 cups Sugar
3 cups Flour
1 Tbs. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
4 oz. Cream Cheese
4 Tbs. Butter
1/2 cup Milk
1 Tbs. Rooibos Vanilla Chai Tea
2-3 cups Powdered Sugar (depending on what milk you use)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Grease and flour your bundt pan to make sure your cake does not stick.
2. Place milk in a pot and heat on medium until simmering, about 2-3 minutes. Add the Rooibos Vanilla Chai tea and steep for 5 minutes. Strain out the tea leaves and set milk aside. Repeat this process for the glaze with less milk and tea.
3. Mix the butter in a large bowl until smooth. Add the sugar and mix to combine. Add the eggs and mix to combine. They do not need to be whipped.
4. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and chai tea milk and stir until all of the ingredients are combined.
5. Pour your batter into your bundt and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle sections comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and cool on a cooling rack for about 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan and flip it out.
6. While the cake is cooling, throw together the glaze. Whip the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Alternate by adding the chai tea milk and powdered sugar to the cream cheese until it is a thick, glue like texture. When the cake is ready, pour about half of the glaze over the top. Save the remaining glaze and serve it with each slice of cake.
Recipe by Bunny Baubles Blog
Steeping the tea in the milk.
Straining the tea.
Filling the bundt with batter.
Fresh cake right out of the oven!
Drizzling the goodness on top.
The tea supplied for this post was generously sponsored by Adagio Teas. All opinions and reviews of their products are truthfully supplied by me!