Saturday, February 27, 2010

Earl Grey Pound Cake

It has been a rough week at home. First my boys, and then I, were hit by stomach flu, and took turns throwing up and feeling horrid. Vomiting must be one of the worst bodily sensations in the world. It's plain awful clutching at your tummy while your body forcefully purges all its contents, or none at all.

My poor baby had it worst - he threw up 7 times in a day, and my heart just broke. Thankfully, we have all recovered ... my boys are back to eating and drinking and fighting, which I am so happy to see. A noisy house means that everything is all right. :) I am keeping my fingers crossed that my daughter remains unscathed from this dreadful bug.

So this was a cake I baked before we all fell ill. We had some relatives visiting and I made a regular butter pound cake for tea.



Nothing special about a pound cake, right?



As I was spooning the batter into the cake tin, I decided to save half of it and add a bag of Earl Grey tea leaves into it. As a result, I got 2 cakes for tea. :)



I don't know about you, but I absolutely love Earl Grey tea. The citrusy scent is simply uplifting. It's my ritual to inhale deeply into my cuppa Earl Grey before drinking. :) So imagine that in a cake. Buttery and moist, with a delicate hint of Earl Grey. Heaven!



Of course, the crusty edges were a treat. I can never resist crusty edges, can you?

Recipe
(adapted from here)

Note that the following is half the original recipe's measurements.

- 113g butter, plus more for pan
- 57g vegetable shortening
(I used all butter, so altogether 170g butter)

- 337.5g caster sugar
(I have got to be insane to use so much sugar!!! I cut it down to 200g.)

- 3 small eggs
- 165g all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 175 degree C.

2. With a mixer, cream butter and shortening together. Add sugar, a little at a time. Add vanilla extract and eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to mixer alternately with milk, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Your butter pound cake is ready for baking.

3. If you want to turn this into an Earl Grey pound cake, add in the tea leaves now. I used 1 tea bag for half of the batter and it was just right. So, I suppose 1 1/2 to 2 teabags for the entire cake should do? Fold in the tea leaves quickly and then pour into a greased and floured pan.

4. Bake for about 40mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.


Perhaps I should have allowed it to cool a little longer before slicing. I never learn.

53 comments:

  1. As usual your cake screams "eat me!" I'm so glad you and your boys are ok now! :)

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  2. Oh no, Ju I'm so sorry to hear you and your family fell ill. I also hate that awful feeling of being sick. I hope you're all better now and enjoying food again :) The Earl Grey Pound Cake sounds heavenly! Those tiny flecks of tea in the cake look so beautiful too!

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  3. awww sorry t hear about the flu..with young children it can be horrid.I can just imagine...I hope ur feeling much better now.

    the cake looks AMAZING! im keeping this recipe to make....thanx Ju....ill make soon ..it looks so MOIST!!!!!!! n i too cannot resist the crust.

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  4. I'm glad you and your kids are ok now. This cake looks very soft and moist. Your kitchen must have smelt heavenly with the butter and earl grey tea reacting with each other in the oven ^^

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  5. That cake came out so pretty! Sorry to hear you were sick, and with sick kids, too...eek!

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  6. O-M-G, your amazing photos distracted me from wishing you all to get better soon...almost. The cake looks amazing! I love your close-up shots. Wow. I hope you all feel better. Poor babies.

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  7. The Earl Grey Pound Cake sounds scrumptious!

    I am relieved at the news that you and the kids are ok now. My husband and I all felt ill last two days...I had to vomit all the time...sighs..he still sneezes.

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  8. It's good to know everyone is back to normal..I hope your daughter remains unscathed too:)
    What a lovely idea to add tea leaves to a cake..:)It almost makes it look like a banana bread..
    I guess Pandan would have changed it all?:)I love looking at my Pandan:) Next..Black Bean paste..but not in my cake.
    I can never wait either to slice a fresh baked cake or bread..It is exciting.
    You're a little breath of fresh air.

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  9. Sorry to hear that your kids are sick. Hopefully they will get better soon!

    Cake looks lovely!

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  10. oohh sick children so sad, glad you are all better. Earl Grey was my favourite too until I discoverd Chai oh i love chai the smell the taste everything. your cake looks delicious and i would be fighting you for the crunchy bits

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  11. So sorry you were all sick! It breaks your heart to see your little ones in pain. :( I am glad that you've all recovered. This cake looks fabulous!

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  12. Happy to hear you are all okay now! The flu is horrible, I had it bad once this winter. This cake sounds soooo wonderful!!! Perfect with a cup of tea too! :)

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  13. I love earl grey teas... nothing beats the smell while sipping the tea. Thanks for sharing this recipe - glad youre feelking better!
    Happy baking!
    LeeYong

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  14. So sorry to hear your family fell sick but really glad to hear all of you have recovered. Vomitting is just scary. I had a very bad experience a couple of months ago. Your pound cake looks very moist and delicious. I like it!

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  15. The weather has been really brutal lately and that can play havoc with the body's immune system. Hopefully everyone has fully recovered. The cake does look moist and rich and would certainly go well with English tea :)

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  16. So happy to hear you are all feeling better. We've been battling strep throat. No picnic either but not as bad as the stomach flu. It's true, when you hear your children fighting it makes you happy because you know they are better.
    What a lovely idea, Earl Grey Tea Pound cake.
    Pam

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  17. Thank goodness you all are alright now.

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  18. So sorry about the tum troubles. You are right, throwing up is (one of) the absolute worst things ever. Glad you all are feeling better though. I love this cake - at first when I looked at it I thought it was flecked with poppy seeds, but of course you took it one step further in the creativity department!

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  19. Glad to hear you are all fully recovered. The cake looks moist and rich, I already bookmarked it.

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  20. Glad to know that all of you have recovered. Never tried tea leaves in cake, must certainly KIV this one!

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  21. Lovely cake, Ju! The idea of adding the tea to the cake is really cool and you make it look so good! It would surely make an upset stomach feel better.

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  22. Glad to know that your and your family members are recover and ok now. Never try adding tea leaves in a butter cake, anyway, this is a brilliant idea as it makes the normal butter cake look interesting.

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  23. Ju, so sorry to hear you and your boys were not feeling well... take care!

    Also, that early grey cake is so gorgeous - I will have to try it VERY SOON! It looks so moist and a fine twist to a classic!

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  24. When I come back next time, can you please make this again and then I CAN eat it as well!

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  25. mmm perfect for afternoon tea!
    ah hope you're feeling better ju.
    stomach flu really stinks :(

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  26. oh...hope ur kids are alright now. The weather is a bit out of hand now...pretty warm and scotching hot. Best to stay indoors..have a cup of tea with ur moist cake...

    : )

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  27. What a relief to know you're all well and happy now! The pound cake is enviable, since I haven't had a gluten free one is.. forever! And the one with the earl grey? SO TEMPTING.

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  28. Glad to hear you guys are alright :|

    Nice combi! Haha, try green tea cake next time.. but then again, green tea may already be too commercialized..

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  29. Glad to hear you are ok! Take care and love the earl grey pound cake!!

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  30. Nice and moist cake!! It's great to know that you and you kids are ok now!! Take care!

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  31. wow it looks super moist! Glad to hear that you and your family are feeling better.

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  32. Get well soon, Ju and the boys!

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  33. I love earl grey too, this looks awesome, i might use it :D
    Hope you are having a fab weekend daaaaaaahling.
    *kisses* HH

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  34. Oh Ju, that bug sounds just awful. I'm glad things are back to normal.

    Your cakes always send me spinning. I can just taste them by your pics. Now the idea to add tea is just brilliant! I once dipped a chocolate vanilla swirl French butter cake into my cup of Earl Grey tea, and felt like I discovered a new continent. Why I didn't think to toss some tea into my cake then, I'll never know...many thanks for the idea! Have you ever tried Lady Grey? It is also a favorite.

    Stay well.....Diane

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  35. Good to hear that the bug isn't disturbing your family anymore. However, do take care! We want a good, good, healthy Tiger year! We're gonna work hard toward that promise! ;)

    Your Earl Grey tea idea in a pound cake is unique! I've seen it chiffons, not this though ... Perhaps, it's time for me to give Earl Grey a try.

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  36. Oh dear, sweetie, I sure hope you and your family are much better now! So sorry I haven't been dropping by; been busy with the mister's birthday and orders. Do take care, okay? My heart goes out to all of you *hugs*

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  37. This looks like such a cozy snack. Great idea!

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  38. hi ju this cake is a marvel bravo for the photo
    cheers Pierre from Paris

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  39. Davvero invitante la tua torta, complimenti ju.
    Un abbraccio Daniela.

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  40. So glad that you and the boys are better. Stomach flu is the worst. Having said that this pound cake looks so delicious. The earl grey flavours must have really shone through. What a treat for a Sunday afternoon tea.

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  41. I am glad that you & the boys are feeli,g better. how much earl grey tea did younuse?? It isn't stated in the recipe???

    The cake looks absolutely gobsmacking!

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  42. The Earl Grey Pound Cake sounds really interesting..nice pics!!hope u r better now...

    www.myyatradiary.blogspot.com

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  43. HMMM... I just made and posted a cake with an extra little liquid enhancement... Guess your tea cake is the mother in you cooking, and my rum cake is the degenerate in me


    yours looks wonderful BTW

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  44. just a simple pound cake but it looks so good and moist ! Get well soon :)

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  45. oh i need that tea right now because my tummy aches as I type this comment.
    the specs of tea makes it look like a banana bread... it looks soft and that crusty edge... ahh it makes me forget my tummy ache!
    thanks for stopping by my site!

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  46. Hi Ju, wow! Thats a beautiful cake. I love it. The texture is beautiful, the colour too. I think 6 pieces will do fine with me, ha ha.

    Regret to read you and baby not well.
    Hope you both have recovered.
    Wishing you a pleasant week, happy baking, Lee.

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  47. I love earl grey. This cake is so inspired. Hope you all feel better!

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  48. so glad you and your sons are better now. it's sucky to fall sick.

    Your earl grey cake looks gorgeous. I love tea scented foods :)

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  49. I so love Early Grey....and glad the kids are better too. Cakes look fab, esp, the Earl Grey one!

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  50. Hi
    I tried your recipe, it is so yummy, soft and moist even on the 3rd day. Yesterday, I replace Earl Grey with 2 bananas and cut sugar to 180g and it is still very delicious.
    This may become my weekly bake... :)

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  51. Hi there, been a silent reader of your blog for some time. I've tried your confinement chicken and hot milk cake recipes - to much acclaim! Thanks for sharing.

    Just wanted to ask you: I've been looking for a green tea cake recipe for some time, and I was wondering if this particular butter cake one would work albeit with matcha powder instead of earl grey leaves?

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  52. x: Thanks for following! I love all my silent readers. :) Oh, I have never tried making this with matcha powder, but there is a Green Tea Pound Cake recipe from Nick Malgieri's "Perfect Cakes" that seems to have garnered positive reviews:
    http://greentealovers.com/greenteausesrecipes.htm#poundcake

    Maybe you can try this? Am tempted to try it myself, once I get hold of some matcha powder. :) Let me know how it goes!

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  53. Thank you for this GREAT recipe (and many other wonderful ones). I made them into cupcakes as I only have the airfryer. Worked like magic.

    Also adapted the recipe a little to make the Earl Grey taste stronger. :)

    It is now a staple recipe in my journey to cook more. Thank you!

    Dawn
    http://dinewithdawn.blogspot.sg

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