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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
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee cake, spiced coffee cake, chai coffee cake
Servings: 12
Author: Maryanne Cabrera



  • 3 Tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lightly toasted pecans, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ 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
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla paste or pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream



  • 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.


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and lightly flour 9" or 10" two piece tube cake pan or angel food cake pan. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamon.
  • 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.
  • Add sour cream and mix until incorporated. Add flour mixture in two additions. Mix until combined.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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