Chai-Buttermilk Spice Cake

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Chai tea is an Indian black tea perfumed with spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Here, it delicately flavors a snack cake made tender by the addition of beaten egg whites.
12 servings (serving size: 1 piece)


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1/2 cup boiling water
6 chai tea bags
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup (3 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup fat-free buttermilk
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Cooking spray
1/4 cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350°.

Pour boiling water over tea bags in a bowl; steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags; cool to room temperature.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, stirring with a whisk. Place the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until well combined. Beat in brewed tea and vegetable oil. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.

Using clean, dry beaters, beat egg whites with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently stir one-third of egg whites into batter; gently fold in remaining egg whites. Spoon batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Created date

November 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 263
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 8.6 g
Satfat 3.1 g
Monofat 2.2 g
Polyfat 2.9 g
Protein 5.1 g
Carbohydrate 41.4 g
Fiber 0.7 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 261 mg
Calcium 59 mg