This London Fog cake is perfect for afternoon tea, with Earl Grey-infused cake layers and milk and honey buttercream.
Earl Grey is my favorite type of tea, so I've experimented with lots of different drinks. One of my favorites is called the London Fog, an Earl Grey latte with milk, honey, and vanilla. As soon as I tasted it, I knew I wanted to make it into a cake.
This cake has all the different components of a London Fog. The cake layers are Earl Grey-flavored and the fluffy buttercream has honey and milk.. (My dad and I both love Earl Grey tea. My mom's not a huge fan but she ended up liking this cake!)
The cake layers have the density of a pound cake while the buttercream is light and fluffy, which makes this cake both filling and melt-in-your-mouth.
I think this cake would pair well with a tea party. The white icing looks simple and elegant (you can also do a semi-naked cake if you prefer) and it contributes to the overall tea theme.
The secret to getting the tea flavor to shine through in this cake is infused milk and tea leaves. In the recipe, there are instructions for boiling tea in the milk, and then straining out the leaves. You also add two teabag's worth of Earl Grey leaves to bring the flavor home.
Although I love Twining's Earl Grey Tea, you can use any Earl Grey tea of your choosing. For those of you using loose-leaf tea in your infused milk, I measured my teabag and I had about 1 and 1/4 teaspoon tea per bag.
This cake is pretty straight forward, so without further ado, I'll give you the recipes for the cake and buttercream. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! If you tried it out, let me know in the comments. What's your favorite type of tea? Any more recipe ideas for me? Ciao, Zoe.