Earl Grey Tea Cakes

December 24, 2014

Author Notes: Earl Grey is by far my favorite tea and it does magical things when baked into a cake. This cake recipe is so moist and airy that most people can't believe it's vegan. The best thing about the recipe is that it is customizable. I've made variations of this cake ranging from cinnamon cardamom to orange oolong. And even though I work at a bakery where butter is king, I find myself constantly returning to this recipe because of it's simplicity.Samantha Ardry

Makes: 6 - 4 1/2 cup small bundt cakes/muffins or 12 mini bundt cakes/muffins


  • 8 ounces unbleached all purpose flour
  • 7 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1/4 ounce loose leaf Earl Grey tea (finely ground)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 ounces applesauce or neutral oil
  • 8 ounces water or brewed Earl Grey tea, cooled to room temp
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or orange juice
  • zest of 1 lemon or orange
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat a conventional oven to 350 F. Grease bundt pans or line muffin tins with papers.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, tea, baking soda and salt in a bowl and whisk briefly. Add the remaining wet ingredients and whisk briefly until completely combined.
  3. Evenly distribute batter in the pan. Rap the pans a couple of times on the counter to release air bubbles. Bake for 25-30 minutes until slightly firm. Let cool 15 minutes and then invert the cakes onto a rack to continue cooling. Dust with powdered sugar or glaze them if desired.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Baker December 10, 2017
I’m not much of a baker. I have a few questions. Is the flour and sugar by weight or can I convert 8 oz to 1 cup? How much salt is used? What kind of salt? Do you have a recommended vegan glaze? Thanks!
Author Comment
Samantha A. December 11, 2017
I always recommend measuring ingredients by weight when baking. There is no salt in this recipe, but feel free to add 1/4 tsp for good measure. Simplest glaze would be powdered sugar with a bit of orange juice, lemon juice or water to thin it out!