Earl Grey Poppy Seed Yogurt cake with Beet Frosting

April 14, 2023
1 Ratings
Photo by Michelle Rabin
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

Beet Frosting sounds a bit strange, but you will be blown away by the bright berry notes beet powder adds to your cream cheese frosting, not to mention, its irresistible vibrant colour. If it's not already stocked in your pantry, you can easily find it at health food stores. It’s an amazing versatile ingredient that goes great in smoothies, salad dressings, and other baked goods. Earl grey tea gently flavours this moist cake with notes of citrus and vanilla. All you need is a hand or stand mixer to make this dreamy cake a reality. It’s quick and easy enough for a casual afternoon tea, but definitely has the sophistication for a show stopping dessert if you are entertaining.

Michelle Rabin

What You'll Need
  • Early Grey Poppy Seed Cake
  • 180 grams all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons loose leaf earl grey tea, finely ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds
  • 240 grams greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 140 grams softened butter
  • 200 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • Beet cream cheese frosting
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons beet powder
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch cake pan. In a medium bowl, mix the flour with baking powder, soda, salt, tea, and poppy seeds. Set aside.
  2. Mix the yogurt with vanilla.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar with a hand mixer (or stand mixer) until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time and continue to beat. Until pale, light and fluffy.
  5. Mix in half the flour, then half the greek yogurt. Repeat until all ingredients are just combined.
  6. Transfer to the cake pan and bake until golden and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile make the beet frosting by creaming together the cream cheese and butter. Mix in the vanilla and beet in powdered sugar, beet powder and salt until a smooth frosting forms Spread evenly over cooled cake and serve. decorate with fresh flowers if you desire

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Michelle Rabin is a Toronto based food stylist, recipe developer and culinary producer. She is best known for being the deadpan sidekick on Matty Matheson’s hit YouTube Show “Just a Dash." You can check out her own mini cooking series called “Is this a thing?” on her Instagram account, @michellerabin. When she’s not in the kitchen, a very rare occurrence, she is running or making crafts.

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