Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream


Celebrate any occasion with this Earl Grey Cake for two. Especially when it’s covered in light and airy vanilla bean buttercream and filled with zesty lemon curd!

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The secret is, I used to teach cake decorating. It was how I saved up money to pay for my own wedding, and it gave me great joy – along with a lot of added stress, when I would run home to walk the dog after a long day, just to pack up my car, mixer and everything else to teach evening lessons at my local crafts store. I took pride in, loved it, didn’t mind smelling sickly sweet as frosting, or having fifteen batches of containers of frosting in my fridge at home. But after a while, it was almost a chore and I wondered if I would ever do it again for fun. Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream - www.countrycleaver.com

With the upheaval of every week casting me into the weekend, making me wash into a Saturday morning like I’ve just washed ashore from a ship wreck I realized I needed to find the time to go back to doing the things I loved doing for the sake of just doing them because I loved them. It doesn’t happen often enough anymore and we are all the poorer for it.

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Spring is in bloom, as is something else very special that we are here to celebrate – and it was the perfect time for me to dust of my spatulas, and get back into my cake decorator mode, as it had indeed been far to long, to celebrate someone and and impending someone’s very special imminent arrival. Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream - www.countrycleaver.com

Christina, of Dessert for Two, and her husband will be welcoming a darling addition to their family, to accompany the two others of the four legged variety, and we (her blogging friends) couldn’t be more pleased to share with you this surprise virtual baby shower!

Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream - www.countrycleaver.comI’ve known Christina for nearly four years now – having met through our blogs, bonded over our mutual love of wheat, and the men (and women) who grow it, study it and thrive on it – herself included! – and of course our love of whiskey, and carbs. I couldn’t think of a more fitting baked tribute to a woman bringing in a new chapter to her life story.

Christina, we are so excited to see the new chapters unfold and welcome your new bundle of joy into this world. Congratulations again and again!

We hope this was a bit of a surprise – because 19 bloggers who live their lives on the internet managing to keep a secret is a feat in itself! Go us!

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Gather all of these other creations to help us celebrate in style!

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Yield: 8 Servings

Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Ingredients:

For Earl Grey Cake:



  • 1 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour

  • 1/2 cup Cake Flour

  • 1 tsp Baking Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • 3/4 cup Milk, heated to steaming

  • 2 Earl Grey Tea Bags

  • 2 tsp Vanilla

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened

  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar

  • 2 Eggs


Vanilla Bean Buttercream



  • 1 1/2 cups Unsalted Butter, room temperature

  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extra

  • 1/2 Vanilla Bean, scraped of seeds

  • Pinch of Salt


Filling



  • 1/2 cup Lemon Curd (jarred, can be found in jam aisle)


Directions:

For Cake:



  • Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a six inch cake pan, and line with parchment paper. In mixing bowl, slowly together flour and cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  • In a cup steep the heated milk with the earl grey tea bags to infuse the flavors. When steeped, discard the tea bags.  To the steeped milk, add in the vanilla extract.

  • In the bowl of the stand mixer, beat to combine the sugar and butter. Beat until light and fluffy, about one minute. If the butter is cool, this will take longer. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well.

  • Add in the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk, mixing at a low speed.  Scrape the bowl and mix until everything is just combined.

  • Let the batter rest for about 15 minutes prior to putting into the cake pans.

  • Fill the cake pan 2/3 of the way. Level with an offset spatula. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Check at 25 minutes.

  • Let the cake rest in the pan for 5 minutes, before removing from pan and letting cool on wire rack.

  • Prepare second layer and bake remaining cake.


For Vanilla Bean Buttercream:



  • In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy, and slapping the sides of the mixer.

  • Add one cup of sugar at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. When all the sugar is added in, be sure to add in the vanilla and salt.

  • Beat the frosting on medium high for about five minutes until light and fluffy. The frosting will increase in volume and become airy.

  • Use on cake when the cake cools completely.


To assemble cake:



  • Outfit a piping back with a round piping tip (#12).

  • Level cake layers. Set one cake layer on cake stand.

  • Pipe a ring around the top edge of cake layer. Fill ring with lemon curd. Set other leveled cake layer on top.

  • Top cake with remaining Frosting and smooth frosting over the rest of the cake. Pipe rings around the top and bottom edge of the cake. Pipe a ring around the top of the cake, and fill with any remaining lemon curd.

  • Slice cake and eat.