Full of Earl Grey tea flavor, a dash of lemon and a sprinkling of sugar, this Earl Grey Yogurt Cake is the perfect tea-time treat!
These days, I'm really into baking loaf and pound cakes. They're simply the perfect afternoon or tea-time treat. With Earl Grey being a big favourite of mine (check out the Earl Grey Cupcakes and these Earl Grey Blueberry Muffins), I thought it was a good time to try out this Earl Grey Yogurt Cake!
This cake is so moist thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt. It's infused with Earl Grey tea leaves for maximum Earl Grey taste, with a hint of lemon juice for added citrus flavor, and an optional sugar sprinkling right before serving. This is a simple one-bowl cake with a batter that comes together in a few minutes. Just pop it in the oven for an hour (or less) and you'll have your next favourite Earl Grey treat!
What Does Earl Grey Taste Like?
The main flavor of Earl Grey tea is Bergamot, which is a type of citrus fruit. Earl Grey also has a potent "floral" flavor that combines with the mild citrus flavor that results in the sweet floral taste and the delicate aroma that this tea is well-known for!
The flexibility of Earl Grey tea makes it a perfect base for sweet bakes and hot drinks.
What Does Yogurt Do In a Cake?
The creaminess of yogurt, such as Greek yogurt, provides moisture and fluffiness to baked goods, such as cakes.
Greek yogurt in particular has lower amounts of sugar and carbs than regular yogurts. Greek yogurt also has less calories than fresh or sour cream.
Ingredients and Variations
Flour - Use all-purpose or cake flour for this earl grey cake. I recommend weighing your ingredients using digital kitchen scales for accuracy.
Baking Powder - Leavening agent
Salt and Vanilla Extract - Flavor enhancers
Oil - Use neutral-flavored vegetable oil such as canola oil.
Yogurt - I used low-fat, plain Greek Yogurt but you can use any plain low-fat yogurt or regular plain yogurt that you have available (or Skyr).
Sugar - I used granulated sugar. You can also use light brown cane sugar.
Eggs - You will need 3 medium-sized eggs for this recipe. Eggs contribute to the overall cake structure.
Earl Grey Tea - Depending on your desired taste, use the leaves of 3-4 Earl Grey teabags.
Lemon Juice - I added a tablespoon of lemon juice for a slight citrusy kick which pairs well with Earl Grey flavors. You can leave this out if you want.
Powdered Sugar - I sprinkled some powdered sugar on the earl grey loaf cake for added sweetness right before serving. This is optional.
How to Make Earl Grey Yogurt Cake
- Preheat the oven to 175°C (350F). Line a 9x5" loaf tin with parchment paper.
- In a medium-sized bowl, sift and mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix oil and sugar.
- Add vanilla extract and eggs, one by one, and mix well after each addition.
- Add lemon juice (if using), earl grey leaves, and Greek yogurt and mix until well combined.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix the batter.
- Pour batter into lined loaf tin and bake in a preheated oven for 45-60 minutes. The cake should be golden brown at the top and a skewer inserted into the center should come out clean.
- Cool cake in loaf tin for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Once completely cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar as desired, slice, and serve!
How Can I Store Earl Grey Yogurt Cake?
Store this earl grey cake in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Can I Freeze Leftover Yogurt Cake?
Yes, leftover yogurt cake freezes wonderfully! Make sure to cool down the cake completely before freezing. Simply wrap the cake (sliced or whole) in plastic (cling-film) wrap, followed by a layer of aluminium foil, and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw the cake overnight in the fridge before serving.
Common Cake Problems And Solutions
Too Dense - Make sure to beat the Greek yogurt well after adding it (1-2 minutes on medium speed). Use the right amount of flour (I suggest weighing the flour using digital kitchen scales) and do not overmix the batter once you add the dry ingredients.
Sunken Cake - Cake is undercooked. This Earl Grey loaf cake requires 45-60 minutes of baking time at 175°C (350F). Make sure to check for doneness by inserting a wooden skewer into the center. If the cake batter sticks to the skewer, it needs more baking time. Do not open the oven unnecessarily unless to check for doneness.
Cake Not Rising - Use the right amounts of baking powder. Make sure you are not using old, stale, or improperly stored baking powder. Try to bake the cake as soon you mix the dry ingredients into the batter, and do not leave it to stand for too long before baking.
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Earl Grey Yogurt Cake
- 200 g flour cake or all-purpose (1¼ cup)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 150 g granulated sugar (¾ cup)
- 120 mL vegetable oil (½ cup)
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 medium-sized eggs
- 3-4 teabags Earl Grey tea
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 240 g low-fat, plain Greek yogurt or regular yogurt (1 cup)
- 2 tbsp. powdered sugar (optional, for sprinkling)
- Preheat oven to 175°C (350F) and line a 9x5" loaf tin with parchment paper.
- Sift and mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
- Place oil and sugar in a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until combined.
- Add vanilla extract and eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition.
- Add Greek yogurt, earl grey tea leaves, and lemon juice and mix for another 1-2 minutes.
- Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Pour batter into lined loaf tin and bake in the center of the oven for 45-60 minutes until golden brown at the top and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes in loaf tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar as desired, slice, and serve.