Ty Ling Feast of Fire: Chinese Five Spice Cake


Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¾ teaspoons Ty Ling Five Spice Seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup Ty Ling Sesame Oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large gala apples, peeled and grated
  • Candied ginger (minced), as garnish on top of frosting

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temp
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened at room temp
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk or half & half
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°, and line a 9 x 13 cake pan with parchment and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, Ty Ling Five Spice Seasoning, cinnamon, baking soda and salt, and set these dry ingredients aside for a moment.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown and granulated sugars with the eggs, then add in the Ty Ling Sesame Oil and vanilla, and whisk those in to combine; add the dry ingredients into these wet, and now using a spatula, gently mix and fold the ingredients together until mostly combined; add in the grated apples, and fold those in.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, and bake for about 38-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean; allow to cool for 10 -15 minutes in the pan.
  5. While the cake bakes, prepare the frosting by adding the softened cream cheese and butter into a large bowl; using a hand mixer, mix the two until light and creamy; add in the powdered sugar in increments, and mix that in; add a little of the milk or half & half at a time until you reach your desired consistency; add in the vanilla and red food coloring, and mix that in until completely combined and fluffy; set aside.
  6. Carefully turn the cake out of the pan (or, you can leave it in the pan, as well) and place onto a tray or wire rack, and allow to completely cool before frosting. Enjoy!