Earl Grey Tea Cake


In the midst of social distancing and potentially high anxiety, this tea cake seems like the perfect thing to bake. Its steps are simple and easy and the heavenly smell of earl grey tea will fill your kitchen. Also, other than the greek yogurt, most of these ingredients are pantry/baking staples so you can make this without a trip to the store. While I’ve only tried it with earl grey tea, I bet it would work well with any black tea.

So bake this and have the perfect dessert or mid morning sweet treat to pull out from your fridge for the week (if it lasts that long).

Earl Grey Tea Cake
From Bon Appetit (not adapted)- See their website for videos/pics of the directions if you want more details.

  • 2 cups (250g) all purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup sugar (225g) + 1 teaspoon for a touch of sprinkling on the top

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons loose leaf earl grey tea

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 cup vegetable oil or grapseed oil

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line a loaf pan (mine was 9.5x6x3 9inches).

  2. In a medium bowl, combine all purpose flour, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and 1 cup sugar. Vigorously whisk to get some air in there- for about a minute (this was a specified direction in Bon Appetit!).

  4. Add in greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and loose tea. Whisk to combine.

  5. Gradually add in vegetable oil while whisking.

  6. Gradually add in dry ingredients into wet ingredients while continuing to whisk as best as possible.

  7. Pour into pan. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar on top. Bake until a toothick comes out clean, about 60 minutes.

  8. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then put onto a cooling rack to fully cool.

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