Earl Grey Tea Cake {A Pretty Life}

Earl Grey Tea Cake

It’s Friday…I do declare it’s time for tea and cake.  Yes?  I made you an Earl Grey Tea cake.

Yes, a cake with tea baked right into it, and it’s as good as it sounds!

I have been dreaming of this cake for quite a while now.  Something about baking with tea is very intriguing to me.  I mean sipping tea with desserts is a perfect after dinner past time isn’t it, so why not add tea to the dessert itself?  YES.  I’m not sure all teas are cut out for baking, but Earl Grey tea certainly is.  It’s flavour lends itself perfectly to a simple vanilla cake.

Earl Grey Tea Cake {A Pretty Life}

I have a love affair with Earl Grey tea…on a side note, have you ever tried the Earl Grey Tea Latte from Second Cup?  If not, you should, it’s delicious.

Earl Grey Tea Cake {A Pretty Life}

I used a Lady Grey Earl Grey tea for this cake, which has hints of lavender and bergamot orange…so good.  (Lady Grey tea is Earl Grey tea with the addition of lavender)

Earl Grey Tea Cake {A Pretty Life}

Steeped in whole milk, and added to my basic vanilla pound cake recipe, this cake is divine.  Oh my.

Earl Grey Tea Cake {A Pretty Life}

The flavour is light and sweet and perfect for breakfast, or lunch or really any time.  Because cake needs no excuse does it?  😉

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Earl Grey Tea Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 Earl Grey Tea bags
  • icing sugar for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a Bundt pan by buttering the pan and lightly dusting with flour. Set aside.
  3. Heat up the 1 cup of milk (I just microwaved mine until hot), then add the 2 tea bags to the hot milk and let steep at least 10 minutes. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  6. Then add vanilla, and mix well.
  7. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, and baking powder.
  8. To the butter mix, add 1/3 of the flour mix, then 1/2 of the tea milk. Repeat until all combined.
  9. Pour into the prepared Bundt pan.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  11. Once the cake has baked, let it cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then turn the cake out onto a plate, and sprinkle with icing sugar.

 

Earl Grey Tea Cake {A Pretty Life}

Earl Grey Tea Cake {A Pretty Life}

If you love pound/Bundt cakes, here are a few of my other recipes:

Have a delicious day!

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46 Comments

  • Reply Deb Fortin February 13, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    just want to let you know that your save link no longer is valid . Ziplist does not exist anymore . can you change your link to epicurious?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

      Hi Deb! Thank you for pointing that out – I had no idea! So I looked into it, and the only option now with this program is a site called Big Oven (Epicurious unfortunately isn’t an option provided to me). I’ve enabled Big Oven, so I hope that helps?

  • Reply The DIY Homegirl February 14, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    This sounds great! I love tea… and cake… so it’s perfect! Pinning!

  • Reply Ayngelina February 19, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    This is a beautiful cake, perfect for having people over.

  • Reply Shauna February 20, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Such a pretty cake. Love the breakfast suggestion!

  • Reply Katia February 20, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Oh my, this sounds heavenly! I must go buy a bundt pan! 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 23, 2015 at 8:38 AM

      Thank you Katia! Yes, go buy a bundt pan – bundt cakes are so easy to make!

  • Reply Ping February 22, 2015 at 6:08 AM

    Hi! This cake looks so good and easy to make. Will be putting this on the list of this weeks baking. Cheers from Bangkok!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife February 23, 2015 at 8:38 AM

      I hope you enjoy it Ping! And I’m so excited to have a reader from Bangkok! Welcome! 🙂

  • Reply Teresa February 23, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    That looks wonderful! My favourite is Earl Grey madeleines. The lavender in the Lady Grey would add such a delicate, fragrant touch to your cake!

  • Reply heather @french press February 27, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    such a lovely cake, and I’m sure just as delicious

  • Reply Tiffany February 27, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Yum! I never knew that about Lady Grey, I will have to look for it!

  • Reply Katia May 5, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Hello again. In your post you mention you used a Lady Grey tea (which should have lavender added), and in your photo it looks like a Tazo teabag. However I can’t find any Lady Grey tea by Tazo — only Earl Grey. I think Lady Grey is only made by Twinings, but they don’t use lavender in it — just orange and lemon flavours. Can you specify what brand of tea you used? I can always just use regular Earl Grey but the lavender sounds so yummy! 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 6, 2015 at 10:39 AM

      Hi Katia! I did use the Tazo Earl Grey tea for this recipe, and their Earl Grey tea actually has the lavender in it so it’s perfect! Enjoy!

  • Reply Audrey May 11, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    I have never cared for Earl Grey tea, but I might have to get some to make this cake.

    Saw this on Happiness is Homemade

  • Reply Katia May 11, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Hi! Me again! I finally got around to making this cake this past weekend. It was delightful! I used Lipton’s regular Earl Grey tea and it gave a subtle flavour, just perfect. I accidentally doubled the sugar when creaming the butter and sugar together so I just doubled the whole recipe, with the intention of making two cakes. All the batter fit in my bundt pan so I made one big one and watched it carefully. Exactly 45 minutes later it was done – even with doubling the recipe. A great cake! Light, moist, not too sweet. Will be making this again for sure 🙂

  • Reply Lisa @ Fun Money Mom May 11, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    That looks delicious!!! Thanks for linking up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!

    xoxo
    Lisa

  • Reply Lisa @ Fun Money Mom May 11, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    That looks delicious!!! Thanks for linking up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!

    xoxo
    Lisa

  • Reply Sarah R. May 12, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    YUM! I’m an EG fan, too. Have you ever tried the Governor Grey from the Charleston Tea Plantation (i.e., American Classic Tea)?? It’s positively divine!!! Love that you shared this at Snickerdoodle Sunday and I hope to see you again this weekend!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  • Reply ashley May 13, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Beautiful photos that make the cake look even more delicious! Definitely going to try this out 🙂

  • Reply Sharon Camp May 13, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Going to try this. Looks wonderfully delicious.

  • Reply Hollie May 14, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    That sounds absolutely heavenly!

  • Reply Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories May 14, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    I love having chai tea with cake so why not Earl Grey baked right in? What a cleverly delicious idea! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

  • Reply Jerusha (@TheDisneyChef) May 15, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    I’m obsessed with tea, so this is right up my alley. I can’t wait to experiment with this!

  • Reply Karly May 16, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Over the top amazing! Wish I had a slice now. Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  • Reply Karren Haller ♥ Oh My Heartsie Girl May 17, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    I love Earl Grey tea, drink every morning, now I need to spare some to make you delicious looking cake!

    Thanks for sharing on Friday Features Linkup this week on Oh my Heartsie Girl!!
    I have Pinned and Tweeted!
    I hope you enjoy your weekend!
    Karren

  • Reply Lisa Savage May 17, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    What a great idea. I don’t like tea myself, but ALL my girl friends love Earl and Lady Grey so this would be great for our next meet up. Thank you so much for linking up to #AllAboutYou

  • Reply Nancherrow May 18, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    Early Grey is a favorite of mine. Have you ever tried a London Fog? Earl Great with foamed milk and a dash of sugar. Yum. This cake looks delish-just Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM

      Ooooh London Fogs are my favourite! I’m pretty much in love with anything Earl Grey! 😉

  • Reply Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai May 19, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Earl Grey is one of my favorite teas! So this tea cake is a must try for me. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #HomeMattersParty – we’re looking forward to what you have to share next week. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  • Reply Jennifer Dawn May 20, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    You’ve done it again! Another fantastic looking recipe! Love your blog and the posts you share!

  • Reply Jenny B @ Honey and Birch May 21, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    I have yet to bake with tea, but I am totally intrigued by your recipe. I have been collecting a few different types of tea to experiment and I think I will also use Earl Grey – this cake is just stunning! I featured your post this week at #FoodieFriDIY – thank you so much for participating!

  • Reply Leesy January 26, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    My bestie is obsessed with Earl Grey tea, this tea cake would be a make a lovely gift alongside my Earl Grey truffles I make! Pinning this and making it soon!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife January 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM

      I hope you and your friend enjoy it! I love the light Earl Grey flavour in this cake!

  • Reply Audrey May 13, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    May i know why you use so much baking powder.. 3 tsp? I think 2 tsp should be enough. Too much baking powder will give funny aftertaste to your cake.

    I tried dilmah earl grey before for my cakes. You don’t have to discard the tea leaves n they will give beautiful flecks to your cake.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 15, 2016 at 9:39 PM

      Hi Audrey! It’s just the recipe that I have been using for years for my Bundt cakes…I’ve never noticed any aftertaste. I’m not sure how the cake would turn out with only 2 tsp of baking powder vs 3.

  • Reply Kai MacDonald August 18, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    I’ve only ever made a chocolate earl grey tea cake and it was fab! Does this cake absolutely have to be baked in a bundt pan? I don’t have one and no way to go get one at present.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife August 18, 2016 at 9:52 AM

      Hi Kai! I’ve only ever made it in a Bundt pan, but I think it would bake perfectly in a 9×13 baking pan. I would just watch the baking time and check it around 25 minutes, then monitor the baking after that point. I think it would take less baking time in the 9×13 pan.

  • Reply Kai MacDonald August 18, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Thank you!! I’m going to make it today! 🙂 I’m excited to try it.

  • Reply Breanna September 1, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    I made this yesterday with a raspberry earl grey. It is quite delicious. I’m thinking of making the same recipe with Rose tea, because I think that will be completely divine. Instead of topping with powdered sugar. Made a light earl grey glaze(steeped tea bag in 3 TB of whole milk and 1.25 cups of powdered sugar) this added even more light earl grey flavor which of course was delightful. My only problem is that my cake turned out a bit dry. I am at 5000 feet. I considered adding a third egg. What do you think?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 3, 2016 at 9:47 PM

      Hi Breanna! I wonder why it was dry…maybe a 3rd egg would work, but I’m not sure. If you try it let me know how it works out!

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