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earl grey tea cake

(10 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Doreen Fish
Oshawa, ON

I love Earl Grey tea, and this is just delicious. It's a little bit different, and the taste of this cake is surprising.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Dense, yet tender, tea lovers will adore this Early Grey tea cake. While called a cake, it's consistency is similar to a quick bread. The cake has a buttery flavor with a hint of Early Grey flavor. Drizzled on top is a glaze that has a heavier tea flavor. Don't skimp on the glaze; it's what makes this delicious. Serve this cake with afternoon tea for a snack, or add it to your brunch menu. 

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(10 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For earl grey tea cake

  • CAKE
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 c
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 c
    granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    loose Earl Grey tea leaves (about 5 bags)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 5 lg
  • 3/4 c
  • 4
    Earl Grey tea bags
  • 2 c
    sifted powdered sugar

How To Make earl grey tea cake

  • Greasing a loaf pan.
    Grease a 9x5 loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk flour and salt.
    For the cake, in a bowl, whisk the flour and salt. Set aside.
  • Add eggs to creamed butter, sugar, tea leaves, and vanilla extract.
    In a bowl, beat the butter, sugar, tea leaves, and vanilla extract on medium speed until the 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 egg.
  • Slowly add the flour.
    Gradually add the flour mixture in 3 parts beating until combined.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan.
    Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake the Earl Grey cake.
    Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cake cooling.
    Remove the cake from the pan and cool.
  • Hot water poured over tea bags.
    For the glaze, add water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour boiling water over the teabags. Steep for five minutes until very strong. Add powdered sugar 1 Tbsp at a time until desired consistency.
  • Drizzle glaze over the cooled cake.
    Drizzle over the cooled cake.