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Delicate Chai Tea Cake

Prep time 14 mins
Cook time 23 mins
Other time 1 hr
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
The exotic flavors of chai tea and the sweetness of ripe pears elevate a simple cake to special-occasion status.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 3 spiced chai tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 (9-ounce) package white cake mix (such as Jiffy)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 186
  • fat 5.4 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • protein 3.3 g
  • carbohydrate 32 g
  • cholesterol 0 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 224 mg
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • calcium 25 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray, and line with parchment paper. Set pan aside.

  3. Bring 1 1/3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and let steep 2 minutes; discard tea bags. Remove 1/2 cup tea from pan, and pour into a shallow bowl; place in freezer 10 minutes or until cool (do not freeze). Reserve remaining tea in pan.

  4. Combine 2 tablespoons water and cornstarch in a small bowl; add to remaining tea in pan. Stir in sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; stir in almond extract, and set aside.

  5. Combine cake mix, egg white, and 1/2 cup cooled tea. Beat with a mixer at low speed 30 seconds; beat at medium speed 3 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan, and carefully peel off parchment paper. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  6. Place cake on a plate. Arrange pear slices in a spoke pattern on top. Spoon glaze over pear, allowing some to run over sides. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate, uncovered, until ready to serve.

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