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Chai Banana Cake Chai for Chai Banana Cake Chai Banana Cake recipe Chai Banana Cake with whipped cream Chai Banana Cake with whipped cream recipe When I was coming of age in Idaho, during the weekends my friends and I would hang out at coffee shops. It wasn’t like how people hang out at coffee shops now, where they essentially go there and work. We would hang out there and basically do nothing, because there was nothing to do. I remember we all got chai lattes, because coffee was still pretty gross to us. In fact, I think chai was my bridge to coffee. As soon as I went to college and had to pull all nighters all the time, the chai latte morphed into a dirty chai and just kept getting dirtier and dirtier. I don’t really drink chai lattes ever anymore, but I still love them. So when we decided to make this Banana Chai Cake I was really excited. I love banana bread, and banana dessert in general, so this Banana Chai Cake is like a really awesome food marriage that would have ideally existed back when my friends and I were coffee house loiterers. We like to serve this with whipped cream, or ice cream. Plain is good too though!
♥ Teri

Chai Banana Cake

Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Cool Time: 20 mins
Servings: 12


  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon chai your favorite
  • 3 medium (over-ripe) bananas
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, salt, allspice, and nutmeg together, into a mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Pour milk and chai into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes, discarding the used chai. Then in a small bowl, mash bananas with chai milk. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add mix in eggs, one at a time.
  • Stir in the vanilla and banana mixture, until just combined.
  • Add in flour mixture and stir together until fully combined.
  • Grease an 8″x8″ baking dish or an 11″ (oval) baking dish and pour in banana cake mixture.
  • Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the bread.
  • Allow bread to cool in pan for about 20 minutes before removing and allowing bread to cool completely. Slice and serve.


  • *Makes 1 (9”) loaf or 5 (3”) loaves
Calories: 275kcal Carbohydrates: 44g Protein: 4g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 250mg Potassium: 192mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 23g Vitamin A: 328IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 71mg Iron: 1mg

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  1. Denise Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds and looks so good! All my favorite things in one cake :) I also love the idea of serving the cake in a bowl. Makes everything more comfy.

  2. Kate @Almond Butter Binge Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds amazing! I love chai lattes — but like you, I don’t drink them all that often anymore. This also sounds like a great way to use up the really, really brown bananas on my kitchen counter.

    Also, hanging out at a coffee shop sounds about right for Idaho. I live in Ketchum, and it feels like we have wayyyyy too many coffee shops for the size of our year-round population. Not complaining, though!

  3. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan Not Specified Not Specified

    Chai in cake=PERFECT!

  4. Kulsum Not Specified Not Specified

    love love!! Mind sharing were those petite bowls are from? Thanks

  5. Sophie Not Specified Not Specified

    Sooo making this. I love chai flavors, and mixed into banana bread? Yes, please! Thumbs up, ladies!

  6. Megan Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the idea of the cake being baked in that lovely dish and then served in cute bowls! This will be made! Thanks!!

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Chai, bananas, an easy cake, love it all! Pinned

    Love that it really doesn’t need to be frosted, either :)

  8. Max Not Specified Not Specified

    I don’t see the chocolate chips and coconut in the ingredients list mentioned in step 5. Can you tell us how much of each you used?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Oops! This is altered from our chocolate chip b bread recipe and I did a bad job altering the instructions…changes to come soon!

  9. Elaine Not Specified Not Specified

    Choc. chips and coconut? Measurements?

    Sounds yummy a definite try

  10. KATHERINE Not Specified Not Specified

    Not all the ingredients are in the directions. And there are ingredients in the directions not in the ingredient list. Can you confirm? Thank you.

  11. Connie Not Specified Not Specified

    Love the informal service of scooping chunks into bowls. Sounds really delightful, spices work well with bananas!

  12. Priyanka Talukdar Not Specified Not Specified

    Sounds so interesting will defiantly try it soon. Do drop by and view my blog too

  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    I love all the fun spices in this cake! It looks awesome!

  14. Helen Not Specified Not Specified

    Chai isn’t listed as an ingrient. Can you clarify how much to use? Sounds like lovely combination of flavors. Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Justine Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks lovely! Did I miss something though– do you use a chai tea bag with the milk? Thanks!!

    • Cynthia Not Specified Not Specified

      That’s a great question that I hope will be answered. Otherwise, one would be putting the actual tea and spices from the chai into the cake. I’m thinking not, though. But one could use a tea ball, too.

      I myself am wondering if one used a liquid chai, how much would one use? When making to drink, one uses 1/2 milk, 1/2 chai liquid…

      • Kunjal Not Specified Not Specified

        I tried out this cake n it was awesome. I used 1 cup of milk with almost 2 teaspoon of chai. You can get loose tea from many stores.

  16. Medeja Not Specified Not Specified

    I can almost smell this cake.. :)

  17. Katrine Anita Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks amazing! I’ll try to bake it tonight!

  18. Shira Not Specified Not Specified

    Is there a way to substitute something else for the buttermilk?

    Thanks for posting this recipe!

  19. Trisha Not Specified Not Specified

    Mmmmmm I want a slice of this so badly. Looks great with a dollop of cream!

  20. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    I feel like I can smell those spices just from looking at that picture!!!

  21. Jeffrey Hargrove Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m definitely going to make this. My mouth is watering already. However, there are spices mixed with the flower and there is chai milk as well. What is your recipe for the chai milk?

  22. Alanna Not Specified Not Specified

    From one chai fan to another – this looks like banana cake perfection. And I’m deeply envious of your Heath bowls. ;)

  23. Cindi Not Specified Not Specified

    Pour milk and chai into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.

    Please help – where does the “Chai” come from? I know it’s a mix of spices but I don’t understand clearly how to make it.

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  27. Maryea {happy healthy mama} Not Specified Not Specified

    Banana and chai together? YES. Love.

  28. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health Not Specified Not Specified

    such a heavenly combination!

  29. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas Not Specified Not Specified

    Right buying banana’s today just so I can bake this cake. Can you use any loose leaf chai tea for this? Where did you get your chai that’s pictured?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Yes you can! I picked mine up from my local farmers market, from a small company called ‘Zen House’…they have a website!

  30. Sarah L. Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi! I am in the process of baking the cake right now. It looks delicious.

    In place of serving the cake with regular whipped cream, how about making a Chai whipped cream?

  31. letyouseee Not Specified Not Specified

    Yummy! I want to taste it! Lovely pictures, but now I’m hungry :p

  32. Katie Not Specified Not Specified

    I, too, am all set to make this cake—could you add the missing ingredients? Thanks!

  33. Katie Not Specified Not Specified

    Sorry, I didn’t reload the page after I first clicked through last week. Please ignore my previous comment.

  34. natalie @ wee eats Not Specified Not Specified

    spicy chai seems like it would be the perfect accompaniment for bananas – i can’t believe i’ve never had them together before!

  35. Dani Not Specified Not Specified

    Made this earlier in the week. It was quite good, definitely a lighter alternative to the typical thick banana bread. I don’t think the chai flavor was strong enough. I took it to work and most people couldn’t detect it. Maybe the tea i used was not strong enough. If i were to do this again I might use 2 tea bags or something.

  36. Nicole Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh so making this for a meeting I have!! Was wondering could I make this is small muffin tins?? For tea cake size..

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  38. Tashiana Not Specified Not Specified

    Banana cake is the love of my life! You have just added a new dimension to our relationship *_*

  39. Sarah L. Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi! I’m just dropping by to tell you I’ve made your recipe three times. It’s great! I have made it once as written, once with twice the chai, and once with the addition of 1/4 c. cocoa powder and a splash of milk. My favorite version is the double-dose of chai one — it mellows out just right if you eat it the morning after baking. Thank you for the delightful recipe!

  40. Sarah L. Not Specified Not Specified

    P.S. I’m the same Sarah L. who commented weeks ago, when I was baking this for the first time. I still haven’t made my chai whipped cream accompaniment. Amazing how quickly a recipe can become a staple. :)

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  44. Rose Angel Not Specified Not Specified

    Two of my favorite things, bananas and cardamom! Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

  45. SK Not Specified Not Specified

    What camera do you use? Great pictures! Makes me wanna try out your recipe even more so :)

  46. jen Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi, what exactly are you referring to when you list “1Tbsp of CHAI”? Are we talking, loose leaf tea? Maybe a Tbsp of tea that’s been steeped? Or powdered Chai mix…
    Please clarify! I love the idea of this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

  47. Susie Not Specified Not Specified

    Hey so for the chai, can you just rip open a tea bag?

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