Earl Grey Pound Cake

 
Beside green tea (matcha) is commonly used in baking, I’ve been noticed Earl Grey is another popular tea is being used. This is my first time using it for baking, and very happy with this pound cake recipe. It yields not only soft but also moist cake with strong flavour of earl grey on it.
 

 
Ingredients
130 gr Cake flour
1/3 tsp Baking powder
7 gr Earl grey tea leaves, crushed ( approx. 3 sachets )
120 gr Unsalted butter, at room temperature
100 gr Caster sugar
2 Eggs, separated
2 tbsp Milk ( I substituted with 1 tbsp milk + 1 tbsp lime juice )

Method:
- Preheat oven to 170C. Lightly grease and line a 18cm x 8cm loaf pan with baking paper.
- Sift flour and tea leaves into a bowl. Set aside.
-Cream the butter with 50g of sugar until light and fluffy. add in the egg yolks one at a time, follow by milk. Beat well with each addition.
- Using a spatula, fold in the flour mixture till all combined. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg white until soft peak forms, add the remaining 50g of sugar gradually and continue to beat until the egg whites are glossy and form firm peaks.
- With a spatula, fold 1/3 of egg white into butter mixture until just combined; and fold in with the remaining egg white.
- Scrape the batter into cake pan. Make a dent lengthwise in the centre.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake turns out clean. Let the cake cool on the wire rack.




I’m submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #30: It's Teatime! (April 2013) hosted by Food Playground.

If you noticed my loaf cake, I still cannot successfully have the split blooming on the top part cake, can anybody sharing the technique with me? Thanks.
 

21 comments:

  1. DG, your cake does look soft and moist. I have not tried baking with tea as yet. Must try!

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  2. Doris, Nice earl grey cake you have for aftrenoon tea! :) Perhaps you can try using yr spatula to 'draw' a vertical line in the centre before you sent the loaf to oven ;)

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  3. Thanks Phong Hong, yes, you must try, especially if you are Earl Grey lover.

    Cathy,
    Thanks for the tips! :) Actually, I did try it, but not sure still turn out flat. Maybe ... because I didn't draw it deep enough.

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  4. I would love to make an earl grey pound cake , I am sure it tasted good!

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  5. I love Earl Grey too, I tried with chiffon cake, turned out great too. I think your pound cake is good as well!

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  6. Hi DG, I have seen earl grey pound cakes circulation in blogs and all look very tempting including yours! I want to try it too!

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  7. I'm sure all tea lovers will fall in love with your cake. Looks very soft and delicious. I have eaten lots of coffee cake but have never tried a tea cake. Hope I get to try one soon, or make one myself. Thanks very much for sharing. Take care and hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  8. Haven't tried with Earl Grey, guess I should as there are quite a number of Earl Grey recipes in the blogosphere!

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  9. Hi DG. I have baked using yr recipe and I have tried it with Earl Grey and Green Tea. The cakes were soft and delicious. Once baked, they are gone in minutes! Pls advise if I can double the recipe and what to take note. Tks for this recipe!

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  10. Hi DG, It was a supper hit when I baked both the Earl Grey and Mocha cakes. They were gone in minutes! Thanks for the recipe. I like to double the recipe and is there anything I should take note. Tks Roh

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    1. Hi Roh,
      Glad that you & your family love this cake, and thanks for the time leaving note here. I guess there is nothing to worry if you would like to double up the recipe, stick to the original recipe x 2. Maybe for my self, I may reduce the Earl Grey tea leaves to 10 gr (or 4 packs). However, if you like strong flavour, you can just use 14 gr for double recipe. Happy Baking :)

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  11. Hi DG,
    Tks for yr advice. I will try doubling up the recipe. Will let you know how it turns out! Tks Roh

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  12. Hi DG,
    O love to bake with tea leaves too.
    Recently I also bake a ogura cake with black tea. I really love the scent of the tea leaves.
    Your pound cake looks great. The texture is fine and looks so inviting. I must try this soon.
    Thanks for dropping :D
    mui

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    1. Hi Mui Mui,
      Oh ya, I saw your ogura cake, I can see the softness of it. I have no chance yet to try any Ogura cake, I should try it soon since there is lot of good review on it :)

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  13. i think this looks the best out of all the pound cakes I've seen - very light, unlike the usual dense pound cakes! to create the 'line', you have to draw a line and put some butter along the crack, then you will get a nice crack :)

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    1. Thanks for the compliment & the tips doing the "line" for the cake, Janine. I definitely will try it on my next pound cake baking :)

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  14. in fact, it look really soft and good!

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  15. hey there, you can try "drawing" a line down with sugar to create the top spilt. i do that quite often and it works :)

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    1. Hi Jerine,

      Thanks for stopping by and the baking tips :)

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  16. hi is it possible to make cupcakes with this recipe? thanks!

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    1. Hi Anon,
      Yes, you may bake into cupcakes, please take note on the baking time should be shorter time between 15-25 mins depend on the size at 180C

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