Earl Grey Soft Cake Base

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Earl Grey Soft Cake Base

Difficulty: Beginner Cook Time 32 mins Total Time 32 mins
Cooking Temp: 311  °F Servings: 6
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


An Earl Grey Soft Cake Base is a refined and aromatic foundation for various desserts, infusing the delicate flavors of Earl Grey tea into a light and fluffy cake.

To create this cake base, Earl Grey tea leaves are often steeped in milk or water, which is then incorporated into the cake batter. This method ensures that the fragrant tea flavors are evenly distributed throughout the cake. The batter itself usually consists of standard cake ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs, and butter, which are mixed together until smooth and airy.

The result is a moist and tender cake with a unique flavor profile, characterized by the soothing and slightly floral taste of Earl Grey tea. The cake can be enjoyed on its own or used as a versatile base for layered cakes, trifles, or even cupcakes. Additional elements like a lemon glaze or a cream cheese frosting often accompany it to enhance the citrus and floral notes, making it a sophisticated option for tea lovers and those seeking a subtly flavored yet indulgent dessert.


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  1. Separate the eggs. Keep the egg white bowl cool in the fridge.
  2. In a clean bowl, mix well vegetable oil and milk, add in cake flour, ground Earl Grey tealeaves, salt and mix until well combined. Mix in 5 egg yolks until just combined. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 311℉(155℃). Take the egg white bowl out of the fridge, add in lemon juice, vanilla extract, granulated sugar, and use a hand mixer to beat until it forms soft peaks. Take a scoop of whipped egg white and gently fold into the batter. Pour all the batter back into the whipped egg white; gently and quickly fold in the whipped egg white until just combined.
  4. Line the Swiss roll pan (mine is 28*28*2.6cm) with parchment paper or baking mat. Pour all the batter in, smooth its surface, use a toothpick to go through the batter to get rid of air pockets or you can give the pan a few taps instead. Send into the oven to bake for 32 minutes.
  5. Take the cake out of the oven; let it cool down. Get the parchment paper ready. Release the edges with an icing spatula, turn the whole cake pan upside down, remove the cake pan, and peel off the baking mat.


By cake flour, I mean low protein flour, which normally contains 7-9% protein (Mine is around 8%). Not self-rising flour.
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