Life on a Table recipe #111 – Chai tea cake

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Extract from the book Life on a Table by Antoinette de Chavonnes Vrugt

This was the wedding cake when our friends Christelle and Stahl got married at a lodge in the Outjo district, and I knew that I had to have the recipe.


375 g butter

375 ml sugar

125 ml Chai tea powder

5 eggs, room temperature

2.5 ml vanilla essence

750 ml cake flour

5 ml ground cinnamon

5 ml baking powder

2.5 ml bicarbonate of soda

2.5 ml salt

250 ml buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Beat the butter, sugar and tea powder in a big mixing bowl until light and creamy.

Add eggs one by one while still beating.

Stir in the vanilla essence.

Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a separate bowl.

Add the buttermilk to the butter mixture.

Gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture. It should be stiff but very creamy and light.

Pour into two round (24 cm) cake tins and bake for 30 – 45 minutes.

Let cool.


125 g butter

375 ml icing sugar

5 ml vanilla essence

10 ml ground cinnamon

A little bit of milk for the right consistency

Cream butter with sieved icing sugar.

Add the vanilla, milk and cinnamon.

Mix until you have a creamy paste to spread over the cake.

Cover the whole cake with icing and enjoy!

Photo ©Hentie Burger

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