Photo: Greg DuPree; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
We updated an old-fashioned Southern cake with the warm spice of chai, an Indian tea. Praising the flavors of autumn, this Bundt cake can be served as a sweet brunch option to replace the usual coffee cake or as a perfect ending to a crisp fall day for dessert. Do not be afraid of the total time; the cake will be in the oven for an hour and will have to cool for two hours before adding the caramel frosting resulting in only about 30 minutes of active cooking. For the final touch and once the cake is completely cooled, drizzle with our Caramel Frosting.
Serves 12 (serving size: 1 slice)
1. Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling: Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons flour, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
2. Prepare the Apple-Spice Batter: Beat brown sugar, oil, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar with an electric stand mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add 3 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Whisk together baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, salt, baking soda, coriander, and 3 cups flour. Gradually add to brown sugar mixture, beating on low speed until just blended. Add apples, and beat on low speed just until combined.
3. Spoon half of the batter into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan. Dollop Cream Cheese Filling over the apple mixture, leaving a 1-inch border around edges of pan. Swirl filling through batter using a knife. Spoon remaining batter over filling.
4. Bake in preheated oven until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours). Spoon frosting immediately over cooled cake; sprinkle with pecans.