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Chai Spice Coffee Cake

This moist coffee cake is topped with a delicious spiced pecan streusel.

Yield: 9" or 10" tube cake

Author Maryanne Cabrera



  • 3 Tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lightly toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temp


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream



  1. In a bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sugar, pecans, spices and flour. Cut in butter using a fork or pastry blender until mixture is crumbly and like coarse sand in texture.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and lightly flour 9" or 10" two piece tube cake pan or angel food cake pan. Set aside.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamon.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix in vanilla paste.

  4. Add sour cream and mix until incorporated. Add flour mixture in two additions. Mix until combined.

  5. Transfer half of batter to prepared bundt pan. Add half of streusel pan and swirl into batter using a knife or fork. Pour in remaining batter to pan and sprinkle remaining streusel on top. Gently press streusel into batter to ensure that it sticks.

  6. Bake for 55-65 minutes top of cake is rich golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for a couple minutes before unmolding. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before serving. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Coffee cake can also be baked in a 3-inch deep (or deeper) 9-inch round cake pan.