Chai Spiced Sourdough Soul Cakes

Last Updated on October 10, 2023 by Gabby Hatten

If you’re looking for a new fall-inspired recipe to add to your baking repertoire, look no further than these chai spiced sourdough soul cakes. These cakes are the perfect combination of warm spices and tangy sourdough, creating a unique and delicious flavor that is sure to impress your taste buds. Plus, they’re easy to make and require only a few simple ingredients. So, grab your apron and get ready to bake up a batch of these soul cakes that will leave you feeling warm and cozy all season long.

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What is a Soul Cake?

Soul cakes are small round biscuit like cakes that are traditionally made for Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day to commemorate the dead. They are similar in appearance and texture to shortbread biscuits, with sweet spices. The origin of soul cakes can be traced back to medieval England, where they were baked and given to the poor in exchange for prayers for the dead. The cakes were believed to help the souls of the dead reach heaven. Over time, the tradition of giving soul cakes evolved into the modern-day practice of trick-or-treating. Today, soul cakes are still enjoyed in many cultures around the world, including Mexico and Ireland, and are an important part of Halloween, Samhain, and Dia de los Muertos celebrations.

Chai Spiced Sourdough Soul Cakes Recipe

All you need is sourdough, flour, butter, chai (or milk), dried fruit/nuts, spices, sugar, and baking powder. For mixing, I like to use a stand mixer, but I’ve also used a dough whisk and just my hands- all work perfectly. If you don’t have biscuit cutters, you can use a glass or cut by hand using a knife.

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Chai Spiced Soul Cakes

a delicious modern twist on a halloween classic.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
cooling time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • stand mixer optional
  • danish dough whisk


  • ¼ cup sourdough starter active and bubbly or unfed
  • 16 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup chai concentrate I love the Tazo organic
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract optional
  • 1 tbsp honey optional
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp clove
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 small apple diced, optional
  • 3 ½ cup flour
  • tsp baking powder


  • Pre-heat oven to 425℉
  • Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk sourdough, honey, and chai concentrate until combined.
  • Add your flour and spices to butter mixture, mix on slow.
  • Slowly add your sourdough mixture.
  • Once you have a smooth dough, fold in the walnuts, cranberries, and apple with a spatula.
  • Cover and let chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Lightly flour your work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll dough out to ¼ inch to ½ inch thick.
  • Using a biscuit cutter, cut out your cakes.
  • Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Using a knife, mark on X on each cake.
  • Brush with a milk and sugar mixture.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

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Gabby Hatten
Gabby Hatten
Hello there, I'm Gabby! I am a mother of three, married to my wonderful husband Marco, and I have a deep passion for simple living, vintage homes, and cooking everything from scratch! Although I grew up in Las Vegas, my husband's military service brought us to the east coast, where we have now made coastal North Carolina our home. While I didn't grow up on a farm, I have always been fascinated by that lifestyle and have dedicated my adult life to learning and embracing those skills, which I am excited to share with all of you!

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