Monday, October 3, 2011

The best way to say thank you is with a cake!


      This earl grey tea cake is one that I make on a regular basis. Essentially it is a white cake that has been perfumed with dried tea leaves. Sounds pretty impressive right? Well, its pretty simple to make and uses ingredients I always seem to have on hand in my kitchen. Plus I truly believe that the test of a good cake is how it tastes without all the frosting and garnishes and this one is fantastic even without icing! Give it a try at home! Here's how:



Magic Ingredients:
-1/2 cup salted butter at room temperature
-1 cup granulated sugar
-2 eggs
-Vanilla extract (just a couple drops, you don't want it to over power the taste of the earl grey tea)
-1 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-3 bags of earl grey tea (leaves removed from the bags)
-1/2 cup of milk

1: In either a standard or hand held mixer blend together butter and sugar:



2: Add in eggs and vanilla, combine:



3: In a medium sized bowl, whisk together dry ingredients:


4: Alternately add milk and dry ingredients into the mixer until blended:


5: Line a cake pan (shape and size are your choice. As you can see from the full post I have made several different sizes of this cake) with either parchment paper or non-stick cooking spray and fill with the batter:



6: Bake at 375 degrees until the top of the cake has turned a golden brown and a toothpick is removed from the center clean. 


7: After the cake cooled off I frosted it with my own frosting recipe (Should I do a post on this recipe? You guys let me know!). Finally, garnish with whatever you like! I've used sprinkles, pecans, and even fresh strawberries or raspberries for this cake:


      I recently made this cake for my friend Marie! She is always creating delicious meals for me and also serves up a side of her best cooking secrets every time I see her! I've always thought that the best way to say thank you to someone (for all the kind things they do!) is with cake, don't you agree?


Yours,
Nico




PS, Just so you guys know, the measurements listed with the ingredients makes one cake or 6 cupcakes!

16 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous cake! We have to make it together sometime; it looks delish!

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  2. okay so.... the cake pictured in the last photo, I MIGHT have eaten half of it in one sitting right off of the cake stand. (if you think that is gross then it didn't happen...if you think its cool, then YEAH I TOTALLY JUST ATE HALF A CAKE!)

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  3. Earl grey tee cake? that's so original! and it seems really good too!
    ❤‿❤

    ☆ Letizia

    http://www.letiziabarcelona.com

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  4. Ooh, this looks and sounds yummy! I adore the way you decorated it, so even though I trust you when you say it tastes delicious without icing, I don't think I could resist covering it in pink. ;) Have a lovely start to the week! -Jennifer

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  5. love the pictures and great blog, follow you <3

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  6. OMG it looks great! I love cooking, and I have absolutely to try this cake! Come and visit my blog, and if you like it, follow me, I'll be waiting for you!

    Cosa mi metto???

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  7. omg that tea cake looks delicious and so cute!!

    <3 steffy
    http://steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

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  8. yeah.... I've already eaten too many slices to count. I think I've gained maybe 5 pounds alone just eating cake, I have midnight snack problems.

    -Nico

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  9. Wowww, I love Earl Grey, this cake sounds incredible! Can't wait to try this.

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  10. What a great idea... this recipe is going straight into my inspiration file, as we're big Earl Grey lovers (and, obviously, cake lovers!) at my house!

    Thanks for visiting The Spring and leaving such a lovely comment! I'm so happy to *meet* your blog!

    - Catherine @ The Spring (in Brisbane)

    http://www.thespringblog.com

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  11. This look so tasty and I bet it has such a great flavor. I'll definitely be trying this one out. Now I just need to decorate it as cute as the one you pictured.

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  12. I love earl gray tea - this looks DELISH. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. OK so not only are you talented in the world of style but yes you can also bake! Thank you SO much for stopping by Nico, you are fabulous and your compliment really made me smile! I am excited to read your next post!

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