Chai Spiced Crumb Cake

Side view of chai crumb cake with bite taken out of it.

Chai Spiced Crumb Cake is delicately spiced and topped with a buttery chai-inspired crumb topping. It will set the scene for a cozy brunch at home.

Fall is officially here and I’ve been loving an excuse to get out the chai tea! There’s just something about the spice blend that gets me in the mood for fall. Bring on the piles of leaves, chunky-knit sweaters and boots.

I typically enjoy my chai tea in latte form with soy milk. And while I’ll often take a shortcut and order it in a coffee shop, I’ve recently discovered that it’s easy to make at home too by using Oregon Chai® Tea Latte Concentrate which I buy at my local Target. Just mix equal parts concentrate and milk of your choosing and either heat it up or serve it over ice. It’s deliciously sippable with notes of honey, vanilla, and chai spices.

You can also combine the chai concentrate with some coffee to make what’s known as a “dirty chai” – it’s the perfect blend of tea and coffee and one of the best ways to start the morning.

What are Chai Tea Spices?

Chai tea is typically a blend of several spices, including the following:

  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Cardamom
  • Allspice
  • Black Pepper

Looking at that list, I’m immediately thinking that I want a new perfume for fall with all of those yummy spices blended together.

Or… Maybe a crumb cake? 


Let me introduce you to my new favorite breakfast for the fall – Chai Spiced Crumb Cake.

I took my original recipe for Yogurt Crumb Cake and gussied it up a bit – adding chai spices to the crumb topping and that Oregon Chai Tea Latte Concentrate to the cake.

Oh my goodness you guys….

You need to make this immediately.

How do you make crumb topping for cake?

  • The crumb topping is super simple to make. Just mix together some brown and white sugar, add in some spices and a pinch of salt, and then, using a fork, combine with melted butter until crumbs form.

Overhead shot of chai spiced crumb cakeWhere do you find Chai Tea Concentrate?

If you’re into chai tea (or even if you’re not), I’m fairly certain that you’re absolutely going to love this crumb cake recipe. The amazing smell of it baking away will forewarn you… but I will too: You’re going to want two pieces. 

Which is why I’ve decided it’s a good idea to keep half for yourself and give the other half away to a friend… I mean, there’s no better gift than crumb cake.

Side view of chai spiced crumb cake

Wrapped up package of chai spiced crumb cake

Last weekend, Rick & I had to leave town and we left our labradoodle, Sammie, with her dog sitter, Pedro. It just so happened to be his birthday, and I just so happened to have some of this Chai Spiced Crumb Cake fresh out of the oven. So, we wrapped it up and shared the love…

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Chai Cake Recipe

Side view of chai crumb cake with bite taken out of it.

Chai Spiced Crumb Cake

Chai Spiced Crumb Cake is delicately spiced and topped with a buttery chai-inspired crumb topping. It will set the scene for a cozy brunch at home. 
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12


Crumb Topping

  • 1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 sticks butter (melted and cooled slightly (1 cup))
  • 2 ½ cups flour


  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ sticks butter (room temperature (12 tablespoons))
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Oregon Chai Tea Latte Concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch x 13-inch pan.

Crumb Topping

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, salt and spices. Add the melted butter and stir until well combined. Using a fork, mix in the flour until well combined and crumbs form.


  • Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium size bowl until well combined, set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Slowly add in the sugar and beat until fluffy. Incorporate the eggs and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the chai concentrate and vanilla and beat until just combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and beat until fully combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with large chunks of the crumb mixture.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a fork inserted into the middle comes out clean.
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Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.8mg


  1. Hillary Knudsen

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love wrapping up and sharing yummy treats like this as well 🙂


  2. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    I LOVE chai spices (figures, since I drink like 3 pots of chai a day), but I’ve never baked something like this. Thanks for the inspiration!


    1. Erin

      Of course Catherine – I hope you like it!


  3. Jenni LeBaron

    5 stars
    I love the look of this crumb cake. It looks like the perfect thing to eat with a big pot of tea and a good book! Those flavors are fall at it’s best!


    1. Erin

      I agree Jenni – There’s just something about this crumb cake that makes me want to cozy up!


  4. Briana

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I substituted the AP flour for Bob’s 1-1 Gluten Free flour and it was amazing. Perfect for Fall and a staple recipe in our house now.


    1. Erin

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked it Briana!


  5. Rhonda

    I love Chai tea so naturally would love this cake. Unfortunately the cake was too dry and not full of flavor. It was bland and you needed water to wash it down. Maybe I did something wrong. Who knows.


  6. Elly

    Can I use a blend of my own spices instead of the chai concentrate? Thanks!


    1. Erin

      You sure can Elly, but you’ll have to add in some additional liquid somehow… I think you could add in 1 cup of milk or yogurt to make that work.


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