Chai Pumpkin Cake with Browned Butter Frosting

Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett
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Perfect for autumn, this pumpkin cake uses chai tea in the recipe creating seasonal flavor heaven.

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1/2 cup milk
4 chai tea bags
2 cups all-purpose flour (spoon and sweep method*)
1 1/2 cups Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, beaten
1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
Browned Butter Frosting

1/2 cup butter
3 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
1 - 2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Place milk in a small sauce pan, bring to boil. Remove from heat; add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags squeezing excess liquid back into milk.
  4. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, pumpkin, oil and milk; mixing until combined. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for about 2 hours.
  6. To prepare frosting: Melt butter in a small sauce pan. Heat until a light golden brown. Remove from heat. Combine butter and powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a electric beater adding milk until spreading consistency. Spread over cake. Top with chopped pecans.

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