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Chai Spiced Apple Olive Oil Cake

Embrace the cozy fall flavors of this olive oil cake, spiced with chai masala and sweet apples.

The taste of the oil comes through in this cake, so try to find an olive oil with a fruity flavor profile. This is where you should use the good stuff!

Forget pumpkin spice, it's all about chai!


2 large eggs

1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar

2 teaspoons chai masala

1 cup (225 grams) extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup whole milk

1 1/3 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt, or 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

3 baking apples (pink lady recommended)

Powdered sugar to garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) with the rack in the middle of the oven. Grease a 12-inch cast iron pan.

  2. Peel and remove the core from the apples. Thinly slice one of the apples, and dice the remainder. Add to a small bowl and set aside. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, and chai masala until pale and fluffy. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, then the milk.

  4. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until just smooth, then stir in the diced apples.

  5. Pour the batter into the greased cast iron pan. Decorate with apple slices.

  6. Bake for around 40 minutes. The top should be golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

  7. Allow to cool before slicing. Garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar.



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