Earl Grey Sweetie Cakes with Meyer Lemon Frosting
Earl Grey Sweetie Cakes with Meyer Lemon Frosting
Enjoy this quick and easy tea cake recipe by Anna Olson from Bake with Anna Olson.
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Baking
  • Preparation Time 35 minutes
  • Cooking Time 18 minutes
  • Yield 10 servings
  • Cakes:
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags of loose tea
  • 1 ½ ounce milk chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated Meyer lemon zest*
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • Frosting:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups cing sugar, sifted
  • 1 Meyer lemon*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Decorator’s sugar and lemon slice jelly candies cut in half, for décor
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C) and line a muffin tin with 10 paper liners.
  2. Heat the milk with the tea on medium heat (do not boil) and then reduce the heat to medium-low and let the tea steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, squeezing them out well (or strain out the loose tea, if using) and add the chocolate to the pot, whisking over low heat until melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest by hand, using electric beaters or in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, on medium-high speed until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition (don’t be concerned if the mixture does not appear smooth – it will smooth out once the flour and milk is added).
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Add half of the flour to the batter and beat in until combined and then add the tea milk and beat in. Add the remaining flour and continue to beat until smooth – the batter will be somewhat soft but silky. Divide this between the muffin cups and bake for about 18 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of a cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes completely in their tin on a cooling rack.
  5. For the frosting, beat the butter and 1 cup (130 g) of the icing sugar using electric beaters or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth. Zest in 2 tsp (10 mL) of the Meyer lemon, then juice the lemon and add 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of the juice to the bowl as well as the vanilla and beat well. Add the remaining 1 cup (130 g) of icing sugar and beat on low to start, and increase to medium-high, beating for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Pipe or dollop the frosting onto each cake and finish with a sprinkling of decorator’s sugar and a little lemon jelly candy.
  6. The tea cakes will keep, well-wrapped and at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  7. If you can’t locate Meyer lemon, use the zest and juice from an equal combination of lemon and tangerine.

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