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Chai Spiced Coffee Cake

Ultimate brunch goals! This Chai Spiced Coffee Cake is the loaded with warm and cozy chai spices, espresso powder to give you the extra kick and topped with a chai glaze. It’s delicious, crumbly and perfect to go with your morning cup of coffee! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chai coffee cake, chai spice apple oatmeal, chai spiced coffee cake, coffee cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 people
Author Haylie


Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp all spice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp espresso powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened salted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Coffee Cake Topping

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted salted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp all spice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Chai Spice Glaze

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk (more if you want the glaze thinner, less if you want it thicker)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9x9 baking pan with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, add whole milk and 1 tsp espresso powder. Mix together until it’s combined and then set it aside. 

  3. In a large bowl, beat together softened butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until combined and fluffy - about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the 2 eggs in ONE at a time and vanilla extract and continue to beat until fluffy.

  4. In a medium bowl, add the all purpose flour, cozy chai spices and baking powder. Whisk together to combine. 

  5. Slowly add both the dry ingredients and the espresso/milk mixture at the same time - a little bit of each at the same time.

  6. Lastly, add brown sugar, turbinado sugar, all purpose flour, chai spices and espresso powder to the dry ingredients bowl you just used. Mix together and then add 1 stick of melted butter. Mix together. 

  7. Add the cake mixture to the pan and spread evenly. On top of the pan, add the brown sugar mixture you just made. Swirl it in if gently to the top. 

  8. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until you can put a toothpick in it and it is clean! Let it cool in the pan until COMPLETELY cool.

  9. Move cake to a wire rack. For the glaze, add powdered sugar, milk and chai spices. Mix until desired consistency and then pour over the coffee cake.

  10. Slice and eat up! YUM!