Spiced Cocoa and Red Pear "Earl Grey Tea Cake"

2
Tiffany Bannworth

By
@MissAnubis

Try this cake on a cold, winter night. It will warm you from the inside out. Serve with warm apple cider or your favorite warm winter beverage.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
16-18
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
40 Min

Ingredients

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CAKE

2 stick
butter, unsalted
1 c
sugar
1 c
dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp
honey
3 c
flour
1/3 c
cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 Tbsp
baking soda
1/2 Tbsp
baking powder
1 tsp
salt
3
eggs
3/4 c
cooled earl grey tea, strongly brewed
1 Tbsp
cinnamon
1/2 tsp
ginger
1/2 tsp
nutmeg
1 c
dark chocolate chunks
2
red pears, diced
non-stick olive oil spray
cocoa powder for dusting
1 Tbsp
coarse sugar, large grain (optional)
1 pinch
cinnamon sugar (optional)

FROSTING

2
chocolate, unsweetened squares
1 stick
butter
1/2 tsp
apple pie spice (or substitute cinnamon)
1 tsp
vanilla
1 1/2 c
sugar ( i like granulated, heavily creamed, but you can used powdered)

TOPPING

1
chocolate, unsweetened squares
2 Tbsp
sugar ( i like granulated, heavily creamed, but you can used powdered)
1/2 stick
butter
1 tsp
heavy cream, cold
1 Tbsp
sliced almonds
2 Tbsp
honey

How to Make Spiced Cocoa and Red Pear "Earl Grey Tea Cake"

Step-by-Step

  • 1Preheat oven to 325.
  • 2In a mixing bowl, cream sugars, honey, and butter. Then add one at a time and beat for 3 minutes.
  • 3Add dry ingredients and tea, save chocolate chunks, pears, coarse sugar, and cinnamon sugar. Beat until airy.
  • 4Fold in pears and chocolate chunks.
  • 5Take two small, square cake pans. Spray with non-stick spray and dust with cocoa.
  • 6Evenly divide batter into pans. Optionally, you may sprinkle coarse sugar and cinnamon sugar on the top of the batter of one pan. DO NOT STIR. This will be the layer that goes atop.
  • 7Place in oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  • 8Remove cake and cool completely.
  • 9To make frosting that goes only sandwiched in between the two layers, melt chocolate for 60 seconds or a little more if need in a microwave safe bowl.
  • 10In a mixing bowl, cream the rest of the frosting ingredients for 3 minutes. Then mix in chocolate. Beat for additional minute.
  • 11Place in freezer until it becomes the consistency of a stiff, creamy mousse.
  • 12After both are cooled, spread atop bottom layer and place top layer on. If you make your topping ahead of time, squirt some chocolate on the bottom layer too.
  • 13To make topping, again microwave chocolate 10 seconds at a time as not to burn.
  • 14Beat the rest of the ingredients save almonds thoroughly and mix in melted chocolate. Then chill in fridge to thicken.
  • 15Place in small squirt bottle or just drizzle with spoon over the top of cake in a zig zag formation. Drizzle almonds atop.

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