Monday, April 20, 2020

Masala - Chai Carrot Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers

It was not in my plans to bake with the Cake Slice Bakers this month. I had decided none of the choices appealed to me , and would skip baking April’s bake. 
Traditionally every year for Easter we stay home and barbecue, and keep things pretty simple. This year the plan was to stay home as usual but change up the menu, due to the current circumstances. I decided it was time to use up the tamale masa corn flour I purchased in December that went unused. For dessert I would make Capirotada (bread pudding), a traditional Mexican Easter dessert, made with evaporated milk, condensed milk, half and half, sugar, coconut, raisins, sliced almonds, cloves, whole black pepper, and cinnamon. 

Everything went as planned, but decided to make everything a day ahead of time, to give me time to enjoy Easter with my family. Easter morning turned out to be a bit chilly for me, and procrastinated to get out of bed. I stayed in bed knowing I had nothing pending to do, Easter dinner and dessert were out of the way. The more I laid in bed, the more I told myself I had time to bake a carrot cake. Then, I  told myself it couldn’t hurt to give this carrot cake recipe a try. I do love chai tea, and carrot cake, maybe combining the two wasn’t such a bad idea after all. 
Luckily once again I had all the ingredients on hand, with the exception of the English breakfast tea, which I quickly swapped with black tea. The recipe quickly came together, the batter turned out delicious! The recipe calls for two eight inch pans, but I knew from experience by just reading the recipe that this recipe would make enough batter for three pans. I was right. 
Everyone at home loved the cake, including myself. The spices were perfectly balanced and made this carrot cake quite delicious! I’m glad I stepped out of the box and gave this recipe a try, sometimes it makes it hard when you’ve already found the perfect recipe for a cake you love, you don’t want to fix what isn’t broken! In this case, it gave me a second option to a cake I absolutely love! 
Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The New Way To Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes! Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details. The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.
It is a new year and a new book - The New Way To Cake - and our choices for April 2020 were ~ Masala-Chai Carrot Cake
Lemon, Ricotta and Thyme Mini-Loaves 


A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

Your cake turned out lovely. Stay safe.

Amanda said...

Beautiful cake! I'm a sucker for good capirotada, but so glad you found a new cake recipe that you love:) It is delicious!

Camilla M. Mann said...

What a beautiful cake! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

I bet you are glad you decided to bake a cake!! That crumb is about as moist as I've ever seen!

Rebekah said...

I thought this was such a wonderful carrot cake - I just loved the spice mixture! So glad you gave it a try too!! :)

Sandra Lee said...

This looks so moist and I imagine that if there were leftovers they wouldn't be around for long.

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I love how you decorated it as a naked cake, as I still struggle with this and mine usually just look like I had an accent when decorating. Your one looks so classy. I am also intrigued with your mention of a Capirotada as I have not heard of it before.

SusanB said...

Looks great. Can't wait to make it!