Apples and spices are the epitome of wintery comfort food and this chai apple cider cake will give you a nice alternative from all of that apple pie. Chai is the equally addictive yet lesser celebrated cousin of pumpkin spice and this cake proves it a worthy contender. The chai and cider flavors come together to create a truly decadent holiday mouth party. This cake will take the cake at all of your Christmas parties, as it pairs so naturally with all of your Christmasy drinks and libations.
The chai tea adds a subtle yet perceivable twist that fits right in with the cinnamon apple flavor. For the chai cider marriage, I simply warmed some apple cider and steeped a couple of bags of vanilla chai tea in it.
I have an aesthetic crush on the rustic quality of naked cakes, so I opted to leave it undressed since this cake’s flavors were already so rich. I only frosted the centers with a delicious and perfectly complementary apple cider frosting, which was more than enough to get the point across, and then garnished the top with powdered sugar and cranberries. I thought it functioned heavenly without competing with gooey frosting but for those who prefer to lay it on thick, I have supplied the full frosting recipe, which will be enough to entirely cover the cake.
If you are joining me on the naked cake bandwagon, then half the frosting recipe. Happy baking!