Earl Grey, Orange and Chia Seed Cake

18 March 2015

Earl Grey and Chia Seed Cake

When we were in London last month we stumbled across one of the East India Tea Company shops. I'd heard of the brand (they must be one of the most famous names for tea in the world, surely?) but didn't actually know anything about them so we decided to take the opportunity to find out. The shop was amazing, we were surrounded by high shelves of different blends of tea and there were small glass teapots keeping warm above candles next to some of the shelves. One of the assistants spent some time with us talking us through just a few of the different options available and letting us try small tasters of a few and smelling the leaves of others. My favourite, was an earl grey with orange which we sampled together with some of their earl grey chocolate so that both would melt in the mouth together - a brilliant experience. I'd really only ever seen earl grey with lemon hints before but the orange brings an extra depth to the tea while still keeping it refreshing and fragrant. It's a subtle difference but one I was really taken with.

So naturally, I needed to find another way to pair these flavours together and since I had some new loaf cases to try out, I thought these cakes would be perfect. I found the cases in the amazing homewares section at TK Maxx and they also came with bags and coloured string to package them up to give as gifts. I did get to use these for one of the cakes already, but I thought I ought to have a slice of one first, you know, just to check it was okay. These cases are actually quite small for loaf cases (bout 10x5cm) so I got 3 cakes out of this mix, but if you have a larger/more regular sized tin you'll probably only need to make 1, just make sure to add around 5-10 minutes to the cooking time.

The finished cake is here is very light, fragrant and perfect for getting you in the mood for Spring. I used chia seeds to give a more interesting texture because I had a lot of them in my cupboard but you could use poppy seeds or similar, or leave them out altogether if you wanted since they don't add a lot to the flavour, just the feel of the cake.

Earl Grey Orange and Chia Seed Cake

Earl Grey, Orange and Chia Seed Loaf Cake Recipe

5 tsp of earl grey tea or 3-4 teabags
zest of 1 large orange
juice of 1 large orange
200ml of milk
3 eggs
240g caster sugar
300g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
300g icing sugar
200g butter
3 tsp chia seeds

Pour the milk and tea into a saucepan and heat slowly until it is hot but not boiling and the tea is fully infused. Remove the tea leaves and stir through the chia seeds, set aside.

Beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy then whisk in the eggs. Slowly whisk in the flour, baking powder and chia mix, until it is well combined. Then add the orange zest and whisk for a further 1-2 minutes. Pour your mix into lined loaf tins, making sure to leave about 1/4 of the heigh of the tin at top for it to rise, and bake for approx 45 minutes or until light brown and cooked through.

Set the cakes aside to cool. To make the icing stir the orange juice and 2 teaspoons of water into the icing sugar. Add the juice slowly, and only use as much as you need to make it come together. Then pour the icing over the cakes and enjoy.

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  1. I've wanted to try making Earl Grey cake before. This looks like a perfect recipe to try out!

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

  2. So funny, I've just made Masala Chai Macarons, so it's interesting to see you bake with tea too. I've wanted to bake with Earl Grey for a while.

  3. Ahh your macarons looked AMAZING. I feel like I've done so many tea recipes now that they must be getting a bit old to everyone else but I love the flavours so much. I'm going to need a whole part of the blog just for tea soon! :') x

  4. Awh thanks Saskia, let me know what you think if you do try. I've got an earl grey cupcake recipe in my archive from last year as well :)

  5. I love Earl Grey and this sounds so lovely – the perfect cake to go with afternoon tea. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

  6. Earl grey is one of my favourite flavours in baking, Pairing it with orange is something I love, there's a little tea sop out towards weedon that does a lush cold earl grey with orange juice and it's lovely. Can't wait to try this :) Was the tea nice on it's own?

  7. I'd love to try this. I love chia seeds lately and have been sneaking them into all sorts :)

    Corinne x


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