Earl Grey infused cake layers paired with a silky vanilla bean buttercream. I could’ve added sugar, but trying to stay away from the extra sweetness, I didn’t have Royal Icing sugar to try either. Would definitely recommend! Opt out or. It is easy to follow and very yummy. Thanks for calling that out, I’m not sure why it was doing that! I think both would go well! If you have a hand mixer you can make the cake no problem. Does this cook the same if I were to use GF flour?? Maybe do a couple test cupcakes — one at 1/2 full and the other at 2/3 and see which you like better? Your email address will not be published. I followed the instruction closely for the swiss meringue buttercream and it came out perfect too. Let me know how they turn out! Thank you! The only modification I made was the addition of a layer of raspberry filling between each layer, and it was really nice fit. I’ve never used earl grey oil, but I can’t see it being a problem. Thanks for the amazing recipe! Made it for a baby shower and everyone loved it! Today I’m making the same cake layers, with the quince – it’s my signature tea – substituting a raspberry fromage for the buttercream. Hi Erica! Preheat oven to 350F. Its light, spongy and airy with nice fragrance from earl grey tea, this delightful cake is a perfect dessert for your afternoon tea. Hi Liv, I made this recipe last week. I didnt know it would be a bit dense. The batter was incredibly runny so I was nervous, but it ended up being both moist and light. I made this cake (with a fig jam buttercream) yesterday and the cake came out wonderfully. I am making this cake today for a baby shower but I am a bit unsure about the double boiler part for the buttercream. You are so good at decorating cakes! This earl grey cake is perfect for the tea lover. Gross. ¼ pound unsalted butter, at room temperature. If this important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or metric conversion tool. I wiped all my utensils and bowl with lemon juice before making the meringue. x. Hi Liv, i was wondering if i could make one layer with a 9 by 3 pan how would i change the measurements for the cake? Facebook. I plan on making this again – but I read in another post of yours that adding sour cream can make your cake more moist. My dad doesn’t eat many sweets (I don’t even bother with a birthday cake anymore), but even he ate a hunk and said it was great! Thanks again. I was just wondering if I reduce the serving size of the cake from 12 to 6, do I still need 3 6″ baking pans and the same cooking time? I left the cakes in their tins overnight but the next morning when I went to decorate, the cakes had deflated and looked quite dense and wet in the middle (but it was still cooked through). Hi Nancy! Also, I was wondering if Oat milk or any other non dairy milk would work in the earl grey milk part of the recipe! Just put the bowl (ideally metal not glass) over a pot with 1-2″ of simmering water. 1 cup light-brown sugar. I have more tea flavoured desserts in mind. Hi! I’m so glad you loved it . The buttercream can pick that up. Here’s a site I use as a guideline: http://www.joyofbaking.com/PanSizes.html Based on that I would double the recipe (change the Servings to 24) for three 9″ pans. Thank you again! Thank you! For three 8″ pans, 1.5x the recipe by increasing the Servings to 18. So excited to see how it turns out! I’ve made it a few times now, and every time the reviews have been unanimous: amazing!! . Thanks for your feedback. Many thanks! It was amazing. I haven’t tried it with GF flour but the baking time should be similar. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment (or a hand mixer) cream together the sugar and the … and discard the teabags. Only mix the flour until just incorporated at each stage. Without seeing a picture of the buttercream, to me it sounds like it was maybe too warm? So happy that you liked it, and your dad too! So, a bit of an ordeal and some food loss, but it all worked out in the end. I always use baking strips — this cake was made with them. Hi Jessica! I used Cream of Earl Grey tea in the cake, but you can use any kind you like. I was wondering if it was possible to make the batter in advance the night before. Send them to livforcakeblog[at]gmail[dot]com. I’m making it again for my birthday. My cake didn’t come out so moist. But I’ve been wondering, can the cake & buttercream be made a day in advance? I added my vanilla mascarpone cream/custard in between the layers and vanilla swiss buttercream to cover it! Plus, I could eat just the bowl of frosting by myself lol. Making this recipe soon and was wondering if you have any tips on what to do if I only have 1 6-inch pan? Would the measurements be the same if I used matcha? I have a more detailed post about it here: https://livforcake.com/swiss-meringue-buttercream-recipe/. It really is one of my favourites. I *think* AP is the same as plain but I’ve never used it myself. Hi there!! I made this for a theme cake for my daughter’s 13th birthday. You can get more info on that here: https://livforcake.com/flat-top-cakes/, What a beautiful cake and stunning flavour combination, Olivia! I can’t wait to do this cake, I’ll let you know how it turns out , Please do! Sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you! Google+. This recipe looks devine!! The popsicle was basically mush. Yes. Whoops, meant that I subbed cake flour for AP flour. So excited to try this!! This cake looks amazing! I can’t eat dairy, and I’m trying to figure out how to use an alternative for the frosting. Hi Jennifer! I’m definitely going to make this again in the future. Because it’s a winner. And no, this was not due to another incident with the kitchen torch. Hi Ayla! Also, I’m glad you got your appliance situation sorted out. This helps especially if the cakes are overbaked and a bit dry. Might experiment anyway since my husband loves earl grey. This Earl Grey Cake is perfect for the tea lover in your life! Turn heat off and steep for 10mins. Home » Cakes » Earl Grey Cake With Vanilla Bean Buttercream. Just a question, what other frosting do you think I could use instead of the one you used in the recipe? If it’s on the menu, you bet I’m ordering it- especially if it’s an Earl Grey based dessert. Hi Annie- Claude! Can I ask would you have a mascarpone cream/custard recipe? Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I’ll definitely make it again. After the 15 minutes are up, strain the Earl Grey-infused milk into a separate container and set aside. My partner wanted this cake for his birthday so I gave it a try, Yeah it was a little work and I’d never made a buttercream that way, but everything comes together so light and there is even a brightness in it from the tea I assume? I have 2 9” cake pans and was wondering if I should double the recipe or just do 1.5. Here’s a site I use as a guideline: http://www.joyofbaking.com/PanSizes.html Baking temp would stay the same but timing could differ. I don’t own a few cake pans in the same size – and plan on making three of these for some special ladies in my life, so baking each layer one by one with a single cake pan sounds quite terrifying, if i were to be honest! Do I need to butter and flour the parchment as well? Hi What size cake pan is the recipe for? There is nothing quite like having to call the fire department while you’re in the middle of making a cake. Allow cakes to cool completely. I haven’t myself, but it should work just fine. Once boiling, remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for 15 minutes. Moist and delicious, everyone raved about it. Hi Catherine! I hope that helps! Hi Olivia! I made the buttercream on Wednesday and took the cake out, frosted and everything no problem. Hi Alysha! Hi Traci! In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, tea,and salt until well combined. I used 3 egg whites for the buttercream. In addition to the milk? In typical Olivia fashion, I started to freak out, half-finished cake still sitting on the counter. Dear Olivia, Definitely email over some pics as I’d love to see! Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time fully incorporating after each addition. Hi Liv! Hi! Thank you very much for your helpful advice! Strain and measure out 1 cup. I had to psych myself up to do it though. Hi Li! It’s a pretty neutral flavour, but you can try an American buttercream if you prefer or a cream cheese frosting. This was my first recipe that I have tried from your blog and it definitely will not be the last! Hi….this cake and all the reviews looks like one I really want to try. The buttercream imperfect, not overly sweet but with enough richness to complement the cake and let you know you are eating something special. Thank you! Hi Vishal! Otherwise, overmixing the cake batter can cause cakes to be dense. Copyright © 2010 - 2020, Liv for Cake. Bake at the same temperature, but check them after 15mins or so as they may be done by then. Can I also ask, if I wanted to make this a 2 layer cake with 8” or 9” pans, would I need to change the bake temp or time? I was cringing at the amount I would be charged for this emergency visit. Hi Jury! Hi Bill! Thank you for the videos as well!! So I did. Regarding the dense cake — did it rise ok? I made this as cupcakes today and it was sooooo good! Thanks so much. Place bowl on your stand mixer and whisk on med-high until the meringue is stiff and cooled (the bowl is no longer warm to the touch (approx. P.S. Bring milk and tea to a boil in a small pot over med-high heat. I’m so sorry to hear that. NYT Cooking is a subscription service of The New York Times. A typical cake is two 8″ cake rounds but that will make more than for 8 people. I have 9 inch round pans… can I use that with this recipe or do I need to increase the quantity? Place the milk in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat it for 90 seconds or until it is hot but not boiling. Will the layers be thinner or about the same? I wouldn’t let the batter sit around, not being baked, for too long because the baking powder could run out of steam. or was it too short? Would any ingredient ratios need ti be changed if I did so? Hi Olivia, Hi Sarah! So many positive reviews, and i hope to try it again. Hi Hope! Haha yesss! LOL I am SUCH a freak/loser/whatever. Hi Angie! Pour half the batter into each pan. SUCCESS! Thank you!! You don’t have to love tea to love this cake! hello, I’m planning on making this for my gr ma’s birthday soon and im planning on testing this recipe out next week, I’m wondering if you could give me the measurement for a regular sized birthday cake for around 8 people? No, if you reduce the serving size you should reduce the pan size too and possibly adjust the baking time. Ryan is not a tea drinker at all, and he loved the unique flavour it has — though I will say that if you are not a fan of Earl Grey, it might not be up your alley. Honestly, one of the best cakes I’ve ever made! Caster sugar is finer than granulated — you can use that but it might be a bit sweeter. My nose leads me to the bottom of the back of the fridge, where there is this grate, and that’s where the smell is coming from. The texture was perfect, and the buttercream balanced both the flavor and texture amazingly. For the cake: Microwave the milk on high until steaming, about 60-90 seconds. When cooling the cakes, do I remove the tins after turning them out onto a wire rack or keep them in the tins? Just be sure to bring it to room temp before using in the cake . Honestly, I use 1% because that’s just what we happen to have. Make the Earl Grey cupcakes: In a medium saucepan, combine milk and Earl Grey tea bags and bring to a boil over high heat. Overly dense cakes can be from overmixing the cake batter once the flour is added — it develops too much gluten. It says to flour and grease then put the parchment. Aha! Hi Austin! This cake was so fantastic!! You can use the recipe as is for two 8″ or 1.5x the recipe for three 8″ pans. Or something you could grin the tea leaves up with? I just made it yesterday as a test for a cake I have to make next week, and everyone loved it. It really takes it to a whole ‘nother level of deliciousness. It would affect the flavour, but otherwise should be fine if you like those flavours! Thank you so much. Same temp Let me know how they turn out! Can I make the cake batter, divide the batter into 3 portions, and then bake each layer one after the other in the oven (I know, it will be so time consuming)? An original creation from Marcy Goldman’s Betterbaking.com. First time using them and I’m in love! Hi! If it’s just a day in advance you can leave both at room temp (wrapped/covered in plastic wrap). That’s because all purpose flour has a higher protein content than cake … Hi Tara! Is it possible it was overbaked? I just made this cake in preparation for my 10yr Wedding anniversary. Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving plate. This cake looks fantastic! I must be a dark wizard because I tried this recipe TWO times, following it exactly, and it turned out like a hefty brick both times. Omg, this cake is AMAZING. You could use sprigs of thyme, that always looks pretty too, and just remove them before serving (easier to remove than the tea leaves, hah). how long should i bake it for? What would the baking time be for the recipe? Thanks so much for this gorgeous recipe. Hi Laura! Chill for 20mins. Thank you! Any ideas on what I could have done wrong or how I could fix it next time? What would you suggest for temperature and cooking time? Each tea bag held about a teaspoon of tea leaves. Grease and flour three 6" cake rounds and line with parchment. Hi L! I was so thrilled when it all came together. I can send pictures if you want! I was just wondering if you had a preference for a type of milk to use? If you wanted to get a bit fancy, you could do a white chocolate ganache drip and color it lavender, or something like that (the ratios for that are different than a dark choco ganache, so let me know if oyu want to go that route and I’ll give you the proportions). The tea flavor on its own is somewhat delicate, but the natural Earl Grey concentrate is a game changer. Subscribe now for full access. Icing the cake was a bit of a pain but I got it done after some time and garnished the cake with fresh strawberry slices. Organic Earl grey tea Chiffon Cake with Lava Cream cheese in Lychee Flavour. Flavor was good but damn it was DRY. I made this cake for my birthday this past Thursday, and it was honestly the best cake I’ve had. For cupcakes, fill the liners about 2/3 full and check them at 15mins or so. I haven’t used those cupcake liners myself, but I wouldn’t fill more than 2/3 full. Earl Grey is traditionally a black tea that is flavoured with bergamot (citrus). Hmm. (and let me know, haha). I would love to see your pictures! You’ll just need to reduce the baking time. I recommend spooning and levelling into the cup rather than using the cup as a scoop. 6″? Facebook. What didn’t you like about the frosting? A classic combination of rich cream, light sponge cake and fresh strawberries. The frosting went well, I think. Hi Vincent! This is SUCH A GREAT RECIPE!! 5-10mins)). Hi Olivia, I loved this recipe. Sorry to hear you the cream cheese didn’t work out. I made this for my birthday just over the weekend with two layers of 8 inch round. How would modify the ingredients to fit two 8 inch pans? The cakes should bake close to the top of them. Hi Lisa! Dense cakes are often due to overmixing the batter once the flour is added. Hi Shahirah! Also, while a layer of cake is baking in the oven, how should I store the batter? Do you think this earl grey cake will pair well with a honey cream cheese frosting? I used homemade cake strips for the first time (tea towel and foil), and I think I kept too much water in the tea towel because the cakes looked soggy after I took them out of the oven, so I left the simple syrup out. Is there a recipe you recommend? Hi Chris! This cake was everything I hoped it would be! My husband is not a tea fan at all, but he also enjoyed it . I made 2 6″ stacked gluten-free early grey tea cakes with lemon curd and a Swiss Meringue Buttercream (from another LivForCake recipe), flavored with about 5 TBPS of Elderflower Cordial. Asides from figs, I love, LOVE, love Earl Grey tea. Hi Diana! Google+. Hi Kimberly! I think it could work with an earl grey buttercream too, but the flavour would definitely be strong. They checked stuff out as much as they could, using their heat sensor things, but couldn’t find anything. Hi Katelyn! Bring to a boil and simmer 2 mins. Let me know how it turns out! 146. Thanks! The layers will be slightly thinner, but just barely. What would you suggest as decorations/topping/garnish instead if not the earl grey tea leaves? The +/- 2 Tbsp won’t make or break it though , Thank you Olivia! I could hear their sirens as I was pacing the floor, wondering if somehow they could be discreet (lol). Mine came out extremely dry too and I followed the recipe with the exception of the syrup. So glad you liked it . And for sure — you can add some lemon zest and/or a bit of lemon juice to it. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Hi Min! I didn’t end up using any simple syrup but the cake was still moist the next day. I want to make this so bad! Did it turn out allright? However, my cake came out really dense, I was wondering if it was anything I did wrong, because your cake look so fluffy. Earl grey tea bags (4 tea bags) Water (1 cup) … Going to try some more of yours soon. You can try 1/3 the recipe and do that three times. WOW! It will just make removing the parchment from the cakes easier, but I never find it to stick that much. I basically dream of turning every dessert into a London Fog (aka Earl Grey Tea Latte), so basically you made my dreams come true! And do you swap out something else (like some of the sugar)? I would do it when assembling. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate it! Ingredients Earl Grey Simple Syrup. It is a digital cookbook and cooking guide alike, available on all platforms, that helps home cooks of every level discover, save and organize the world’s best recipes, while also helping them become better, more competent cooks. Thanks for providing such a tasty earl grey recipe! That can cause for a denser cake. Is there a way to use vanilla in liquid form instead of paste? Cake turned out fine, I didn’t continuously mix it with the mixer when adding the eggs, milk and flour, so texture was great! I followed your recipe proportions to the t, so I wonder if it maybe was the type of butter I used that made the cake so buttery?. But I’m so glad it was just the fridge and yay for getting new appliances! . Thank you for a great recipe! Hi EH! ASAP. Here’s a site I use as a guideline: http://www.joyofbaking.com/PanSizes.html. I love the addition of lavender, I’ll have to try that! Seriously… this cake is so delicious. Recipes. Hi C.J.! Top with approximately 2/3 cup of buttercream and spread evenly. And yay for trying the cake strips I swear they are the most used thing in my kitchen. I was going to try whole, but I didn’t know if that would be best. My goal one day is to make all of yours :)…5 down, lots to go! Love that, let me know how it turns out . . Do you know if I could incorporate orange juice/zest in the frosting without messing it up? Anytime! It should be fine to just swap it one for one. Also just wondering is it OK to make the Earl grey milk like a day ahead and just keep it in the fridge until needed? I actually think it would go really well. Hi Evangeline! Kind Regards, Finished! So glad your friend liked it! I was so relived it wasn’t something in the walls!! I’m so glad you found everything easy to follow and that it turned out well! ** Add vanilla bean paste and mix until incorporated. Already made it twice and everyone goes crazy over it. It does not need to be warm, but I would either trim the cakes or poke holes in them to make sure the syrup absorbs in. Would like to send you photos too if you don’t mind. Ideally, you’d bake all of the layers at the same time. Thank you for such well-written instructions, I plan to work my way through your recipes with my kiddos and am so excited! I also reduced all sugar by half and it was still sweet! Hi Shelly! Hi Stephanie! The cake has a fairly strong earl grey flavour (to me), which is why I chose to pair it with a simple vanilla buttercream. Hi Holly! Place bowl over a double boiler on the stove and whisk constantly until the mixture is hot (160F) and no longer grainy to the touch (approx. Generally I only cube butter if it’s really cold – just don’t want to use warm butter if it’s supposed to be cold!!! Another culprit could be overmixing the batter! I love anything earl grey and this for sure hit the spot. But I added the buttercream and left it in the fridge overnight, and it turned out great. I was hoping they’d be like — ok, turn on each of the breakers one by one and we’ll see. No idea what I did! My cake turned out dense and moist. I hope you like them all :). Please let me know! Earl Grey Cake In a bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and Earl Grey dust (cheap quality). Could it be this is meant for 3-layer cake so i should bake in 2/3 batches (my oven is tiny)? Wow! You can use any tea brand you like, whether loose or bagged. Mine are all 2″ tall but 3″ will work fine too. ¾ teaspoon baking powder. Thank you! Otherwise you can change the Servings to 8 and use those amounts. I thought for sure it was coming from there, but then I hear a zap from the back of the fridge. Thanks for the sweet comment and for your tips! Hi Caroline! Using earl grey buttercream definitely helped intensify the flavor and luckily people didn’t think it was overpowering. She was so thrilled that I used the chatacters favorite tea as the cake flavor. When putting the batter in the pan, is it going on top of the parchment paper? Converting pan sizes is always tricky. I trust it’s a good recipe since the comments all say it turned out alright! I’m seeing either 6” by 2” or 6” by 3”. He prefers lighter flavors (white cake) and cream cheese. So glad you loved this cake and happy belated birthday to you . Hi Kelly! This cake turned out absolutely beautifully. And how long should i bake it at the same temp? Hi Emily! The fridge is DEAD. Quick question, I want to scale this bad boy up a bit to feed the hungry masses, do you think doubling this recipe would give me three 9 inch rounds? The Earl Grey syrup is optional (I forgot to add it even though I had it made), but it will enhance the flavour of the cake even more, and will add moisture. Hi Kay! Hi! Pinch of salt. I only have a hand mixer and it took quite a while to make the icing but it was worth it. It depends on how thick the layers are — how full were the pans? Excited to try this! i doubled the recipe for 9 inch pans for two layers (i should’ve done three, i misread one of your comments). As always, Google is so helpful. Sabrina Berg. Can’t wait to try this out. Or do you think the cake itself has enough earl grey flavor and adding this buttercream would be overpowering? The Earl Grey tea is infused into the cake layers in many levels, so it is very prominent. I don’t have either of those, but I do have a mascarpone frosting here: https://livforcake.com/tiramisu-cake/. If the ganache is too thick, add in a tsp of heavy cream until it gets to a thin enough consistency. I would leave it out and maybe make the Earl Grey milk stronger? I have been using a food processor but there are still sizeable chunks left. Hi Dawn! I hate the idea of throwing them out but I’m not sure what else I could use them for. I don’t know but this recipe is 100% a keeper. I followed the recipe closely except for (1) 1 cup brown sugar (as opposed to 1.5 cup sugar) and used a (2) 8″ x 8″ pan. This cake looks amazing and I want to make it for my sister’s 40th but she isn’t a big fan of buttercream… Many thanks!! Thank you. Hi! It will be fine on the counter overnight, but the frosting will be quite soft. I am so happy you loved this one. This cake was lovely! Thanks, Bonnie. Question: on the buttercream, can I use liquid egg whites instead of fresh egg whites? Pinterest. Yes, you can swap it 1 for 1 with liquid. Hi Liv, this looks like the perfect cake to bake for my friend’s 40th next weekend! HI Adelaide! . Hi Angela! Hi Leonie! I made this cake for my dad’s birthday back in July and everybody loved it. I added very few chopped blueberries as well to balance some flavors, and it turned out great. Hi is it better to use caster sugar or granulated sugar (from the uk) and is all purpose flour the same as plain flour? Glad it worked out! I like to refrigerate my cakes and take them out 2-3 hours before serving. Hi Jane! I hope that helps! Brush with 2-3 Tbsp of the Earl Grey syrup. Those can both cause cakes to shrink in size once they’re cooling. Hi Austin! So happy you loved it . 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