Ginger Chai Glazed Bundt Cake
2 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. butter (unsalted and at room temperature)
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 eggs (at room temperature)
1 c. chai concentrate (such as Oregon Chai)
1 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
Pinch of black pepper
1 1/2 - 2 1/2 tbsp. chai concentrate (as needed)
1/2 c. crystallized ginger (optional)
Set a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a Bundt pan by brushing with melted butter and sprinkling with flour, tapping out the excess flour.
Cake Preparation: Sift the flour, Rumford Baking Powder, and salt together. Set aside. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, mix thoroughly, stop and scrape as you go to ensure even mixing. Add the flour mixture and chai alternately, beginning and ending with the flour in three parts and the chai in two parts. Mix thoroughly after each addition.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, until the top springs back when pressed gently with a finger. Allow cooling on a rack for about 20 to 30 minutes, remove cake from pan and continue cooling until complete. Place cake in freezer at this point to aid in glazing.
Glaze Preparation: Sift the confectioners' sugar with the spices and stir in the chai extract, 1/2 tbsp. at a time to form a smooth, thick yet pourable glaze. It should be thick and cling to the cake. Remove cake from freezer and set the cake on a rack over a plate and spoon the glaze in a circular motion. Let it fall in place or smooth with an offset spatula, as you like. After a few minutes, spoon the dripped glaze from the plate back over the cake. Press the crystallized ginger onto the glaze as it sets (if using).
There are many brands of chai concentrate on the market, go ahead and choose your favorite. For the glaze, feel free to adjust the spice level to your taste, add in some fresh ground cardamom pods or pump up the black pepper level for the true heat of freshly made Indian chai. The crystallized ginger is a nice touch for ginger lovers.