Not Your Average Tea Cake
There's nothing better than a cup of tea and a slice of cake. But a cup of tea and a slice of tea cake might give it a run for it's money. And we're not talking the hot, buttered, raisin-y kind. This is cake made with tea. And for a twist, we've made it with organic chai tea. The result is a delicious, slightly spiced cake that leaves you wanting ever so slightly more. Just another slice. And those crumbs. And that edge is a bit wonky, I'll just even it up...
250ml organic semi skimmed milk
3 organic chai teabags
220g organic butter
350g <a href="http://www.ecomarket.com/discover/organic-food/food/home-baking/natural-sugar/">natural caster sugar</a>
4 medium organic eggs
380g <a href="http://www.ecomarket.com/discover/organic-food/food/home-baking/organic-flour/">organic plain flour</a>
2 tsp <a href="http://www.ecomarket.com/discover/organic-food/food/home-baking/natural-baking-soda/">baking powder</a>
1 1/2 tsp <a href="http://www.ecomarket.com/products/51208436/madagascar-cinnamon/">organic cinnamon</a>
1 tsp <a href="http://www.ecomarket.com/products/12948844/organic-fairtrade-vanilla-extract-100ml/">organic vanilla essence</a>
1 organic chai teabag
60ml oirganic semi skimmed milk
160g icing sugar
1tsp organic cinnamon
1tsp organic vanilla essence
Pre heat the oven to 180C and butter up your tin.
Heat up the milk until nearly boiling then chuck in the teabags to brew for 5 minutes. Put this to one side.
Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing each one in as it is added, until the whole mixture is fully combined
Add the vanilla essence
Sieve in the dry ingredients and mix until smooth
Next, pour in the brewed, milky tea and mix again until it is all fully combined
Pour the whole lot into your tin and bake for 40-45 miuntes untill you can poke in a skewer and pull it out clean
Leave the cake to cool for 5 minutes before removing it from the tin and placing it on a cooling rack
Like you did with the cake, brew the chai teabag in nearly boiled milk for 5 minutes.
Then add in the icing sugar, cinnamon and vanilla essence until you get the consistency you like.
Mix it up until it is completely smooth and pour over your cake
Stick on the kettle, make<em>another</em> brew and this time sit back and enjoy it with a slice of your freshly baked, still warm organic chai cake.