Earl Grey Tea Cake

Doreen Fish Recipe

By Doreen Fish dfish

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I love earl Grey tea and this is just delicious!!!
Just a little bit different and the taste is surprising!!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This cake is a winner on account of its lightly sweet flavor AND it's delectable aroma. It made the Test Kitchen smell absolutely WONDERFUL while baking. This would be a terrific recipe to try for your next brunch, luncheon or tea.

NOTE: The recipe calls for a cooking time of one hour, but the cake needed a little more time in our oven before it was done all the way through. Final cooking time for us was just at 1 1/2 hours, so keep an eye on it and only remove from the oven once a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


2 c
1 tsp
1 c
unsalted butter
1 1/3 c
2 Tbsp
loose earl grey tea leaves ( about 5 bags)
1 tsp
3/4 c
water (these 3 ingredients for glaze)
earl grey teabags
2 c
sifted icing sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

Grease a 9 x 5 pan.
In a bowl whisk together the flour and salt to blend. Set aside.
In a bowl beat the butter, sugar, tea leaves and vanilla on medium speed until mixture is light and fluffy and the scent of the tea leaves begins to emerge. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each one. Gradually add the flour mixture in 3 parts beating until combined. Pour into pan.Bake for 1 hour at 350 or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.Cool.
Bring the water to a boil.remove from heat and pour over the teabags and let steep for five minutes until very strong.Remove tea bags and stir in powdered sugar. Drizzle over cake.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Collection: Favorite Breads
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Apr 16, 2015 - Maria * shared this recipe with discussion group: Odds & Ends & This & That.
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Maria * WWCook1
Mar 6, 2015
A truly fantastic loaf/cake. So unique with the right amount of sweetness and a wonderful surprising taste.
All ovens do vary. Being the first time making it I followed the recipe exactly. Took mine 1 hr and 15 min. After 1 hr I tested it with a clean knife and the center still needed some baking so baked it 15 minutes more. It turned out so beautiful. Didn't use all the glaze as it seemed too thin. Next time I make this loaf I think I'll some powdered sugar will be just fine.
I baked it yesterday but didn't cut & taste it til today for a couple of friends who visited us. Everyone loved it so much, it was all gone before I got a chance to take a picture or 2:) Well deserved Blue Ribbon! Congratulations!!! Thanks for posting!!!
GiGi Whited whitedlaw
Dec 22, 2014
PERFECTION! I have tried many tea cakes for ladies brunches, etc. but this is THE ONE!! Some folks shied away because they thought the tea leaves were poppy seeds, but once they tried it, I was hounded for the recipe! Thanks for sharing!!