Monday, February 27, 2012

Lemon Cake with Black Tea Frosting

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This past Saturday, I spent most of the morning baking & photographing this cake. Hours spent in the kitchen, singing along with Daisy May, measuring out flour, standing over bubbling pots, peeking through oven windows. It’s been too long since I’d done that. It felt good.

You see, life has been a little more stressful than usual lately. Mostly, it’s the normal every day sort of stress, with a few real humdingers (trips to the hospital (everyone is fine!), etc) thrown in. Whenever things get like this, I feel creatively drained & unmotivated. I don’t want to pick up the camera, get in the kitchen or blog. Then, when I do, it’s like a revelation. “Oh THIS. This is where I’m happy.”. I feel so silly for having spent so much time away.

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Let me tell you about this revelatory cake. Oh, my friends, it is good. It’s base is one of my favorite cake recipes by Dorie Greenspan, made extra lemony by a glaze poured over while it’s still warm. The frosting is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I was trying to figure out how to make tea frosting happen using the leaves (I’ve done that, and while it tastes good, the texture can be a bit off-putting). Seven minute style frosting seemed the perfect solution - I made the simple syrup with tea instead of water, and added just a little bit of super strong tea straight into the frosting. I had no idea if it would work, but it did! It came out the perfect consistency and flavor - you can definitely tell it’s tea, but it’s not overwhelming. This is easily one of my favorite things I've ever made.

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Perfect Party Cake
from Baking: From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan

2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups whole milk or buttermilk
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract

 Center a rack in the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9-x-2-inch round cake pans and line the bottom of each pan with a round of buttered parchment or wax paper. Put the pans on a baking sheet.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl.
Put the sugar and lemon zest in a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant.

Add the butter and, working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light. Beat in the extract, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed.

Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the milk and eggs, beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients.

Divide the batter between the two pans and smooth the tops with a rubber spatula.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and springy to the tough – a thin knife inserted into the centers should come out clean.

Transfer the cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unmold them and peel off the paper liners. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up.

While still warm, poke each layer all over with a fork, and pour over lemon glaze (recipe follows). When cool, frost cake with black tea frosting & garnish with candied lemon slices.

Lemon Glaze

1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lemon juice, stir with a fork.


Black Tea Frosting

2 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup strongly brewed black tea
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup strongly brewed black tea

Beat egg whites in a mixing bowl until foamy & thick, they should mound, but not peak.

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cream of tartar, black tea & salt. Bring to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes, or until a candy thermometer reads 242 degrees F and all sugar is dissolved. 
Begin beating the egg whites again and slowly pour in boiling sugar syrup in a slow steam. Continue to beat on high for 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Add 1/4 black tea by the tablespoon, beating after each addition.

Continue beating until frosting reaches desired consistency, about 2 minutes. Use immediately.


Candied Lemon Slices
From Martha Stewart

1 large lemon
1 cup sugar

    Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, cut lemon into 12 paper-thin slices; discard seeds and ends of rind.

    Bring a medium saucepan of water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat, and add lemon slices; stir until softened, about 1 minute. Drain, and immediately plunge slices into ice-water bath. Drain.

    Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium skillet, swirling to dissolve sugar. When liquid is clear and bubbling, reduce heat to medium-low. Add lemon slices, arranging them in one layer with tongs. Simmer (do not let boil) until rinds are translucent, about 1 hour.

Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Let stand until ready to serve.

220 comments:

  1. This recipe made my jaw drop. The combo of black tea and lemon in a dessert = brilliant. Thanks for sharing, Hannah. xox

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  2. I want a slice of this with my evening tea! Oh how perfect that would be. Dorie always has the best recipes and you recreated it beautifully!

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  3. Oh my goodness! I've been really looking for a lemon cake recipe lately that would give me just the lemony goodness I was looking for and I think this just may be it! thanks for sharing!

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  4. beautiful as always! I wonder why it never occurred to me before to use black tea in desserts. And lemon cake is surely perfect with it

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  5. This looks simply delicious. I will be trying it very soon, hopefully.

    --Johanna
    serving tea and scones @ www.theoldfashionedgirl.com

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  6. Oh gosh this looks so good!!
    Beautiful photos, Hannah.

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  7. so, so lovely Hannah! sweet tea and lemon...in cake form, a revelation for sure.
    I know how it is, getting overwhelmed happens...I'm glad you could find some comfort in baking!

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  8. This looks gorgeous! Can't wait to try it!

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  9. Ooooh my mom loves lemon and tea I am so making her this cake for her birthday!

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous, Hannah! I can sympathize with getting drained creatively but I'm happy you found your way back into the kitchen this weekend-what a lovely cake!

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  11. this is absolutely stunning, hannah. I fall in love with your photographs a little more each time I see them. and that cake looks positively light and delicious. xx

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  12. This cake is lovely! I want to eat a piece for lunch. And I hear ya. Baking totally helps bring the calm back.

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  13. I want to make this cake right now, it looks delicious..I totally can relate to you, life some times gets in the way of the things we love to do the most. Welcome back!!

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  14. Beautiful cake Hannah! I love it when I see "New on Honey & Jam" on Twitter. Makes my day a little brighter :)

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  15. i love desserts infused with tea.. this is absolutely something i need to make asap.. thank you..

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  16. That cake look gorgeous!, and delicious...
    Hope you’re having a great start to the week

    Big hugs!
    Inés

    SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

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  17. Ce gâteau est tout simplement appétissant ! Je tenterai le coup de ta recette je te remercie pour tes magnifiques photos ^_^ bonne journée !

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  18. I love the look of the icing! It's so gorgeous!

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  19. This sounds so great. Normally cakes/frostings like this intimidate me, but I'm feeling inspired. Perhaps I will attempt this! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. I've recently discovered Dorie (not as well known here in Europe) and I'm totally in love with her recipes, so simple but amazing. Recently discovered your blog and I'm in love with that too! Love this cake, I have a birthday coming up - I know what cake I'll be making for it!

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  21. it looks so perfect :) I'll try it one of these days ;) tks for your recipe!

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  22. Beautiful pictures - I love them! This cake looks awesome too, I'm sure it was delicious!

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  23. stunning, as usual hannah. you make this look effortless. glad you've felt re-inspired, friend.

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  24. Your cake looks amazing. Mind you, I am a Brit and anything with tea in it is bound to float my boat ;) I really want to try it, thank you.

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  25. wow-have bookmarked. looks amazing-a great way to spend a saturday i say!

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  26. This looks fantastic! I love Dorie's Perfect Party Cake - so yummy! And that frosting looks absoultely delicious, wow! :)

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  27. total eye candy! everything looks so perfect and amazing!

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  28. Your photos have the most gorgeous lighting I've seen... Beautiful cake, too!

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  29. Hi, I found your blog a while ago and I just want to say I love your photos! The light, the colours- all of it! Thanks for being such an inspiration!
    Regards all the way from Sweden!
    /Victoria

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  30. Lemon and tea: such a perfect cake! looks really delicious!

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  31. I can't wait to try this recipe! Black tea icing sounds so wonderful. I have a question: Did you use 9"x2" pans for the cake in your photos? Your layers look smaller in diameter and thicker as well, which I would prefer. Thanks so much for sharing! *K

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    1. i used 6 inch cake pans, which are deeper than the 9 inch. I ended up using the same amount of cake batter i would have with the 9 inch. :)

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    2. Perfect! I love my little 6-inchers :) Thanks again!

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  32. This is outstanding! Yumm-o for sure. Maybe I'll have to bake a cake for my half birthday this week...

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  33. This sounds like an incredible combo. I can almost taste it from your gorgeous photos and description. And now, to figure out how to make this gluten free...I MUST!

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  34. Oh my this sounds so delish! I love the idea of lemon and black tea. Cant wait till the weekend so I can try this recipe. Too bad its only Monday! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  35. Even though I royally suck at baking! I want to make this. We are serious tea drinkers and I love the idea to have anything tea flavored. I am always blown away when I come to your blog and your so GOOD at desserts. Its such a tricky science and I dont think I have the pastry genes. Lovely shots as usual :)

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  36. Very Pretty cake and the flavour combination sounds lovely...your recipe calls for 2 9inch pans...but it looks like you may have used 6inch pans?

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    1. i used 6 inch cake pans, which are deeper than the 9 inch. I ended up using the same amount of cake batter i would have with the 9 inch. :)

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  37. Lovely cake! The flavours are so enticing! And lovely clicks as always, Hannah!

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  38. Hannah these images are so wonderful. The light is superb and I love the mix of denim with the yellow and milky whites on the cake. Good to see you back!

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  39. I am so glad you found yourself back in the kitchen...your work is so inspiring! I love the flavour combination and photographs! I may have to give this a try...

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  40. Wow, loving the sound of that black tea frosting!

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  41. I made this tonight. Thank you so much. You've changed my world with it. :D

    But seriously. That frosting...

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  42. Oh wow this looks and sounds incredible!!! I absolutely adore lemon cake, and this looks like an absolutely amazing lemon cake. I love the sound of the frosting too, being the huge tea lover I am.

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  43. I really like those cake of yours. so eye catching and love the color of it. still browsing your other post. hope you have a great time :)

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  44. This cake is so lovely! I am in love with black tea lemonade, and now I can have it in cake form. :)

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  45. yum! i love love lemon cakes and this looks so gorgeous, hannah! I know what you mean about talking yourself out of the cooking/blogging routine. Seems like a burden til you do it, and realize you were wrong ;)

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  46. Oh my oh my!! I so need to try this frosting!!

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  47. thank you for posting these recipes. I need need need to make this.

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  48. Divine! Welcome back to your happy place :) I adore the concept & look of this cake. Beautiful.
    Heidi xo

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  49. Love this cake!!! How brilliant and now I'm wondering what other tea flavours I can get behind in frosting (uh, probably all of them). And again, you are slaying me with your photos. Gorgeous!

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  50. I love infusing desserts and dessert components with tea. Loans itself to tea time pretty perfectly. Delicious. Gorgeous shots as always too :)

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  51. That cake is breathtaking. Your recipe will be added to my repertoire soon.

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  52. yes indeed! a perfect beautiful cake. i miss my kitchen at home feel bad for not doing kitchen stuff like baking.
    anyway have fun.

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  53. A perfectly beautiful cake! Love the flavor combo, Hannah :)

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  54. Love the idea of black tea frosting. Can't wait to give this a try!

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  55. looks and sounds so good! I love tea and my older sister loves lemon, I might have to try this. :)

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  56. I saw this in Pinterest and it was so amazing I HAD to visit your blog! I'm happy I did!

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  57. Ohhhh, I'm so making this very soon! My b-day is coming so this maybe my cake!

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  58. I just love your blog!
    I'm following you from Lisbon, Portugal! You're amazing! :)

    Congratulations*

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  59. So nice! hope i can make a nice cake like this but i dun have the talents .
    I only know is to eat when its ready.
    anyway, cheers for the perfect cake ya have :)

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  60. I just came across this recipe on Pinterest- GORGEOUS!! I'm thinking it will make a fantastic addition to our Easter spread!

    Jen (http://mamasgettinghealthy.blogspot.com/)

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  61. I came across this recipe from Pinterest as well. Being a Georgian, I grew up drinking tea and lemon. Never would I have dreamed up such a wonderful creation like this. Most definitely I will be trying my hand at this as soon as all the sweets are gone in my home. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe.

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  62. Hi, I am Sarita from India. I like your recipe very much. However I'd like to ask you if there is an alternative for using eggs as my family is vegetarian. Thanks.

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  63. I made this cake last night for my roommate's birthday, except I made it into cupcakes, half a slice of candied lemon on each. It turned out absolutely delicious. The frosting is so light, silky and perfect! Next time i'll make my tea stronger since that flavor fell out a bit for me. The tang from the glaze went perfectly with the sweetness o the cake. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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  64. The cake sounds and looks incredible - love the tea-infused frosting, I bet it was divine with the lemon. Just so you know, when I saw you blogged I squealed and put on a pot of tea so I could cozy up. :-)

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  65. I cannot wait to make this! Your blog is just lovely, I can't believe I haven't discovered it till now!

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  66. Lemon Cake! Super Awesome really looks good!
    its my birthday :) can you make one for me? hihi!

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  67. Hey what a wonderful cake you have, i also love the flavor of lemon but i dun use it in cake.

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  68. i just found your blog and am in.love. it is beautiful and i can hardly wait for saturday (my baking day) to try at least one of your recipes!

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  69. I really am in love with this cake! I can't way to make it for my housemates! It's beautiful, and your photography is gorgeous!!

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  70. I made this cake today and used blackberry sage black tea for the frosting. A-m-a-z-i-n-g!

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  71. I made this tonight for a dinner party and it was wonderful. I used oolong tea in the frosting.

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  72. I am so excited to find the recipe for this cake and to bookmark this blog! I found an image that was uncredited of this cake recently and so wanted to read all about it. Luckily, I found it again just now through Tastespotting, correctly sourced. Looking forward to making this tonight! It might just be the cake I make for my son's first birthday. Thank you!

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  73. What a truly amazing cake. Looks so yummy, perfect for eating anytime. Must go I am of to make a cake.

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  74. Well Hannah, the 7 Minute frosting does it for me, let alone a Dorie Greenspan cake! Looks fabulous and you frosted it so prettily!

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  75. great lemon cake ever, really like the looks.
    looking forward for the next post dear! good luck!

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  76. What stunning photos and a delicious sounding cake. I'll definitely be visiting your blog often!

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  77. just made these, but in cupcake form! oh my heavens! this is to die for. i don't like lemon cake, but i love the fusion this cake has with the frosting! truly one for the books and a new fav!

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  78. Wow cake! you always amaze me with your work. very impressive.

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  79. Your blog is beautiful! I stumbled onto it via facebook. Your writing, presentation, photography is sublime. I love it that you have been homeschooled...I too have homeschooled my youngest daughter. You are very talented, and will go far in life. Keep up the great work!

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  80. I love your natural light photography. Which photography books did you find most helpful? And, which cook book do you turn to the most?

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  81. indeed perfect lemon cake. this is what i want for my birthday. hhihi

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  82. This looks so good. The tea frosting sounds perfect. I need to make up a special occasion so I can bake this cake.

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  83. I've made a version of this cake before but using Earl Grey tea rather than just black tea. The Bergamot in the Earl Grey team gives it such a delicate tase. Its delightful!

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  84. Wow this is so beautiful! I tried to make a version of this cake last week, but it was pitiful compared to yours! Really love the photos as well.

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  85. Beautiful cake!

    The only problem I had was as I got the cakes out of their pans they went 'lol cya later' and split in my hands.

    Huge thumbs up for how lemony the flavour was!

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  86. I can't go a day with a cup of Earl Grey tea with a little lemon - I'm pretty sure this is going to be my birthday cake. :)

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  87. This cake looks amazing! I love the idea of tea frosting. So creative! And perfect with lemon cake.

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  88. I didn't try the cake because we couldn't find lemon extract but I made the icing and it was lovely. :)

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  89. Wow I would love to try this! Just wondering on the egg-whisking directions; does this need to be to any kind of "peak" like with meringues or chiffon cake? I don't want to end up with a biscuit!

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  90. Can lemon extract be substituted with lemon juice?

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  91. Can i skip cream of tartar all together or use a substitute?

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  92. beautiful!!
    http://adventuresofdutchandme.blogspot.com/

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  93. wow, this looks heavenly! I love the idea of a black tea frosting. Definitely something i'll be trying soon :)
    x kat

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  94. god, this sounds incredible. i just love black tea and lemon as a combination, and this is such a fantastical idea. cannot WAIT to try this out!

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  95. Never heard of black tea frosting...this must be the best looking cake I saw recently!

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  96. First i have to say i love Your pictures
    And then i want to say your recipe is the best for lemon cakes i've ever tried!
    THANKS!

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  97. I completely sympathise with how you're feeling, I've been stuck in a similar place! Gorgeous looking cake, it's given me a great idea for my birthday cake for next week!

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  98. i love frosting and this frosting looks so tasty! this would be a great wedding cake on a cake display!

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  99. è molto invitante, complimenti! la assaggerei volentieri! :) baci e buona domenica!

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  100. Loved this recipe! Have not tried the frosting, but I did try out the cake recipe and it is just delicious :) I ended up halving the recipe and putting it in a loaf pan instead (in the oven for about 35-40 minutes). Made for a lovely cake with a subtle lemon flavour :) Will be trying the frosting next time, but just wanted to compliment you on the cake ;) will be making that one often!

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  101. Wow,This looks amazing delicious!and your photos are beautiful:)

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  102. I just tried this the other day, and it is FANTASTIC! Thank you!

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  103. That looks so delicious! This will be my next baking project! Thanks for sharing!

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  104. My god! This cake looks very deliciousa and rustic:) Love it!

    regards from Slovenia!

    http://mjauqi.blogspot.si/

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  105. I love it without tasting it yet. It is delicious looking and I know it will taste the same!

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  106. This looks amazing! This is definitely on my list!

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  107. Ha...well I attempted this cake today. I'm not a frequent baker so it looks AWFUL, although it tastes pretty darn good! Love your blog. <3

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  108. I tried this tonight. I substituted milk + little vinegar for buttermilk as I usually do and layers were very low. Made again with just milk and layers rose better (used 8 inch pans). Kept looking at yours and couldn't figure out why mine were so thin.. Just read above and saw you used 6 inch pans.
    Never made 7 min frosting before. Much easier than anticipated!! Tea flavor is great! Bringing to work for a lemon lover's birthday tomorrow. Hope it's a hit!

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  109. This sounds phenomenal! I love all things lemon and the idea of a tea frosting is definitely inspiring. I must try this!

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  110. I'm planning on making this on Saturday but I'm little scared of making the frosting as I totally suck at making frosting :p
    Hope it turns out well!

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  111. I am going to make this cake for Easter. I see that the frosting recipes says to "use immediately." I was going to bake this on a Saturday and bring to an afternoon lunch on Sunday. Once the cake is frosted, is the frosting fine for a day (not refrigerated)or is this a "frost immediately and eat the cake immediately" kind of dessert? If you can let me know, I'd love that!

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  112. I am totally going to try and make this cake. It looks delicious, especially the frosting. What do you think about putting poppyseeds in the cake? This is a perfect springtime cake. Thanks for this recipe Hannah!

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  113. This cake seems something my mother would love to eat .I thinking of making this for her birthday coming up plus the black tea frosting seems yummy .

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  114. I made this cake for easter and it was AMAZING and delicious. There were no leftovers. This cake was a perfect blend of lemon and tea. I had to fight my kids off of the frosting bowl until I was done frosting the cake.

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  115. I made this for Easter. It was a real hit! Thanks for this great recipe. I can't wait to try some of your other ones.

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  116. I made this cake and brought it to work today...people are enamored! It was in my refrigerator for a day and half before anyone cut in to it and I think the tea flavor weakened...

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  117. This does look lovely. Wish you would let us pin your recipes - that's how I'm keeping track of the 'to try' recipes these days. It's also a great way to drive traffic to your blog and if you are worried about your images not being attributed, a watermark is super simple to create. Hope to see you pinned soon!

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    1. the images should be pinnable? i haven't done anything to stop it - i love pinterest. :)

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    2. I forget how I got it, but you can get a "Pin It" button to put right on your browser's bookmark bar. That's how I usually pin stuff. If your browser has an app store, you might be able to find it there.

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  118. The cake was amazing! Thank you for that. However, my frosting did not go as planned, the eggs I used flattened as I poored more of the tea-sugar-sirup over them... and nothing I did could make it better. Do you have any suggestions? (maybe it's because of the dutch ingredients I used? (as I am from Holland))

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  119. I'm so baking this fri afternoon... Can I use normal plain flour instead of cake flour?

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  120. This recipe and this blog are absolutely beautiful! #NewFavoriteThing

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  121. Wonderful recipe and such attractive photos! I saw this recipe shared by a friend on Pinterest, and I immediately dropped everything to try it. I've just pulled the cakes out of the oven (used 9x2 pans) and the cake looks and feels awfully dense. I wonder what I did wrong -- possibly my wet ingredients were too cold? I'm sure it will still taste fabulous though. Can't wait to taste that black tea frosting!

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  122. Oh how wonderful! I'm adding this cake to my to-bake list. I love tea and love sweet lemony things....this looks really special. Thanks for sharing!

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  123. I made this a couple weeks ago and it turned out beautifully! Tomorrow I am going to turn it into cupcakes for an early Mother's Day dinner with my mother in law. She's british and I know she'll appreciate how thoughtful the flavor pairing is. Thank you!

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  124. Holy moley - this cake is AMAZING. Can't wait to give it a whirl. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  125. Excellent post. Thank you so much for this informative post. I will recommend it to all of my friends.

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  126. For the first time i heard this types of dishes name.As it makes with lemon and they can easily make this with several techniques.I really wanna learn this and will make this at my home.






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  127. What I would do for a slice of this beautiful cake! Lemon and black tea sound heavenly.

    Your photographs are stunning.

    xo
    Sarah

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  128. This looks great, and I plan on making it! I was just wondering what kind of black tea you used.
    Thanks a bunch!

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  129. I'm trying this tomorrow... I can taste it just looking at it!! :)
    Lydia x
    http://lydiarosethefoodie.blogspot.co.uk/

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  130. This IS deliscious! I tried an Earl Grey Frosting. The Bergamotte Oil tastes real good with the lemon cake!

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  131. Just out of the oven.. If the batter was anything to go by lol yummo can't wait to frost it!!

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  132. I just made this and my frosting didn't come out right. It's watery. I beat it forever and ever on the last step and it just wouldn't thicken. I can't find much on it, but what I did find is that using cold eggs or overbeating the whites initially can cause that. My eggs definitely were cold, straight out of the fridge and I think the syrup was also a bit too hot (I don't have a candy thermometer so I had to do the cold water test). Anyway, just wondering your thoughts. The flavor of the frosting was great, just too watery.

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  133. can you make the whole cake and ice it earlier in the day and have it be okay for a dinner party? I am planning to make it tomorrow, but I would like to make the cake before people arrive

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  134. I'm with Carebear above, my icing was way too runny as well. Was there as step missing? Was the sugar/tea mixture suppose to cool before adding the egg whites. I ended up with a sort of runny marshmellow type icing, instead of a more stiff, light icing. Should I have continued to beat it beyond the 7 and then 2 minutes? The cake was really good but the icing really disappointed.

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    1. The same thing happened for me. I'm about to try Frosting Rd. 2 with cooling the mixture. We'll see how it goes.

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  135. absolutely beautiful! I may have to try this combination as it sounds delicious :-)

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  136. Just made this beautiful cake. I usually do an aweful job with baking, and have recently decided I need to practice more. I sifted the flour which helped make the cake light and fluffy. The frosting turned out perfect. I followed the recipe to an exact science.
    If I make this again, I will try it with Earl Grey tea instead of plain black tea, and maybe a hint of orange zest as well!

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  137. wow! looks beautiful & delicious... can't wait to try it for myself. found your blog through pinterest - your recipes & photos are inspiring :)

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  139. I Made the cake for my boyfriends b. Day. He is a big fan of sweetsand tea so it was just perfect. The cakes didn't rise as much as expected but still came out nice and steady. Though each step is not especially complicated putting all parts together is quite a project. At the end it came up very pretty and impressive but extremely sweet at the same time. Thank you for the inspiration anyway. ♥

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  140. This cake is absolutely the cure for winter blues with its citrus and black tea frosting. I used a black tea that has a light lemony flavor to play up the citrus even more. Thanks for the post. :)

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  141. Thanks for the post... I found your recipe yesterday, and baked it today for my daughters birthday! Although the cake was a tad bit dry to me, the frosting was luxurious and AMAZING!!!

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  142. Just made this cake to compliment a Pakistani dinner party, and it is DELICIOUS! Although it takes a little while to put all the steps together, it was a straightforward and accessible recipe. The overall look and taste of the cake is divine! Thanks for such an amazing recipe!!

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  143. This looks delicious and just what I was looking for. Thank you :)

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  144. I made this cake, but as per someone else's comment above, my icing was simply soup! It never fluffed up or anything. Are there any tips for making it fluffy besides whipping it for a long time? Should I use some confectioner's sugar? The cake was delicious, I want to try it again!

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  145. I made this just 2 days ago and it's gone! I made for my birthday cake. It was wonderful. The frosting was so light but reminded me of melted marshmallow, the cake was moist and fluffy. It was a great balance of lemon and tea flavor. Mmmm! I'll be making it again.
    I may have used a different sugar than you but the lemon sugar glaze to pour ontop the cake remained granulated, next time I'll try to melt the sugar so I don't have sugar crunch.
    Still, it was a wonderful cake to celebrate my 35th birthday.

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  146. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!! I made this cake last night and my husband and I loved it! The frosting was delicious, but I'm not sure if it was the right consistency. It wasn't soupy, but it was almost like a foamy marshmallow fluff. Is that right? Or is it supposed to be thicker/stiffer? I plan to serve it for a party and want to make sure I'm doing it right. Thanks!

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  147. Wow your cake is gorgeous!! I read the recipe in Dories cookbook, did you skip the "good 2 minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well areated?" I'm worried the cake will be tough if I beat it with the dry ingredients that long. Thanks

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  148. I made it the other day and it was the best cake i've ever tasted. Great recipe!! The taste of the tea in the icing is perfect!!

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  149. Oh my lord. I went to a friends wedding at the weekend and they decided to have a Cornish baking competition for the puddings. As the bride loves Earl Grey tea I decided to make this cake the night before the wedding and I won't lie - I had kittens making it. I have never baked 'american' before and to say I was confused was an understatement! But this recipe only went and won me the ruddy Bake off! 1st prize and all! Thank you so much. The competition was even judged by a lady who regularly judges cake competitions for the Womens Institute in Malvern so I feel so pleased. Will be knocking this up again soon in less stressful circumstances. Best wishes.

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  155. just made this cake with my roommate and it is delicious!!! this is the first time cake flour has created the perfect crumble for me! not too crazy about the tea frosting though, especially because we had a lot left over....

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  158. May I know if your baking time was altered since you used 6-inch instead of 9-inch? I'd really appreciate your reply :)

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