Earl Grey Vanilla Cake

Earl Grey Vanilla Cake by SeasonWithSpice.com

Cooking and baking, holiday planning, decorating, shopping, catching up with friends and family, the year-end work rush – all crammed into days that get shorter and shorter. The holiday season is a stressful season.

But isn’t the holiday season supposed to be relaxing, where we can just sit down, feel at peace, enjoy life, and be thankful for everyday?

Earl Grey Vanilla Cake recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Looking out the window from my work desk, the view of the verdant hillside was serene, soothing my eyes and calming my nerves. I could use an afternoon tea break, the thought crossing my mind. Whatever happened to traditional English tea breaks? The British gift to the world during these hectic holiday seasons. A mid-day treat to refresh the mind and spirit.

Without a second thought, I was in the kitchen baking a simple vanilla cake with Earl Grey Tea.

vanilla cake with earl grey tea recipe

Early Grey tea adds a wonderful flavor to cake – the richness of black tea enhanced by the light tint of the bergamot orange rind – and when paired with the gentle, but complex aroma of the vanilla bean, you find that moment of tranquility on a busy afternoon.

vanilla earl grey tea cake recipe

Baked in less than 30 minutes, you will have a lovely cake, crunchy on the top with a moist, but light texture, and with the flavors of vanilla and earl grey tea harmoniously balanced. Enjoy it with a hot cup of earl grey tea, or in my case, a cup of black coffee.

Still stressing out on what to do for your holiday meal?  Let’s slow things down a bit, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy a piece of vanilla earl grey cake. Sheer delight.

vanilla earl grey cake recipe

Vanilla cake with Earl Grey tea recipe by Season with Spice

What you’ll need:
1 cup all-purpose flour - sifted
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter - softened
3/4 cup white or raw sugar
3 eggs - room temperature
1/2 of a vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 cup skim milk (or whole milk for richer & dense texture)
1 tbsp (or three tea bags) of good quality Eary Grey. If you use loose tea, chop them up in smaller pieces.

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.
2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
3. In a larger bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and tea leaves until light and fluffy. You want the scent of the tea leaves to emerge.
4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
5. Add the combined flour mixture into the wet mixture, and finally pour in the milk. Mix just until blended. Do not overmix.
6. Immediately pour into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Around 35 minutes.
7. Let cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy your much deserved afternoon tea break!

You can store the cake in the refrigerator for up to three days. Mark likes to warm up the cake and serve it with his Smoky Vanilla Coffee Ice Cream.

I always have music on during my relaxing, afternoon tea breaks.  And it's usually my favorite Malaysian singer, Zee Avi.  Enjoy!