Last week, I gave you a recipe for snickerdoodles — this week, a chai-spiced chocolate layer cake. Prior to making this cake, while visiting my cousin in California a couple of weeks ago, I had never really tried to make a layer cake. Part of it was fear and part of it was the fact that I didn’t really have an appropriate occasion for one. You could argue that I had no particular occasion to make this cake either — my cousin and I just wanted to do some baking projects together and since neither of us had baked layer cakes, we decided making a three-layer cake was worth a try.
The majority of this recipe comes from The Stay at Home Chef’s aptly named “The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake Recipe.” We probably didn’t really need to change that recipe at all to do what we wanted to do, but we did want to add some extra flavors to the mix and so we went with the spices you find in masala chai (or really in all kinds of baked goods this time of year). Keep in mind that there is no actual tea in this cake; it’s just got a flavor reminiscent of the aforementioned chai….