Friday, June 3, 2011
Earl Grey Tea Cake
It's always fun to try a new recipe from the Internet. The most difficult part is deciding which one to try. Sometimes that decision is based upon the ingredients on hand or the ease of the recipe preparation. Google Earl Grey Tea Cake and a multitude of options are immediately available, from cup cakes to tea cakes and more. This Earl Grey Tea Cake is quick and easy (recipe here). It uses tea bags which are handy when baking for a quick burst of flavor. The fine tea leaves are added directly to the batter for the cake and then additional tea bags are steeped in a small amount of water with confectioner's sugar for a sweet glaze that makes this cake extra moist. It should be noted that the baking time given for this recipe was insufficient. I found it needed almost an additional 20 minutes to bake and required lightly covering the top of the tea cake with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning on top. The glaze was enough for two cakes and then some, so cut it in half (or even more) if you are only making one cake. It smells divine and has a delicate Earl Grey flavor considering how much tea is in the cake.