Earl Grey Tea, Blueberry and Lemon Cake

Earl Grey Tea, Blueberry and Lemon Cake

a.k.a the most sophisticated loaf cake you’ll ever eat. (There’s poppy seeds in there too – HELlo – but that would make the title even longer than it already is).

The loaf cake started out as an idea for a flavour pairing whilst I was drinking a cup of Earl Grey. It has always been my favourite tea – there’s something so dreamy about the aroma, exuding calmness and comfort.

Earl Grey Tea, Blueberry and Lemon Cake

As it has a bunch of flavours going on in it too, it makes an ideal tea for infusing into foods, too! Hooray!

At first I tried straight up throwing tea leaves into the batter – it didn’t really do much though. The flavour wasn’t very strong so it kind of got lost behind the lemon zest I’d added to the batter (lemon/orange are best friends with Earl Grey). I thought that my craving for an Earl Grey baked good was a lone venture, but I put a pic of the cake on instagram and I was pretty surprised that quite a few people were equally enthused.

I decided to not give up on the cake, and tried another round of lets-try-to-get-tea-into-my-cake.

Earl Grey Tea, Blueberry and Lemon Cake

SO I tried a) reducing the sugar, b) increasing the butter (fat is flavour, yo) and c) actually adding brewed tea (very, very strong tea) and the leaves to the batter. It worked!

Having my tea and eating it too. Double TEAm. Hah. I crack myself up – probably only myself though.

Side note: I blame that on my friends for telling lame jokes around me too often. One of them keeps pulling a spare button out of her pocket and dropping it when she picks things up and yelling ‘BUTTON FINGERS’.


Earl Grey Tea, Blueberry and Lemon Cake

Ohkay, back to cake story time.

I also put in blueberries the second time round because when baked the berries get that aromatic scent that is EXACTLY what the tea has going on. Talk about dream team, this trio of lemon, tea and blueberries rules.

Earl Grey Tea, Blueberry and Lemon Cake

Lastly I glazed the cake with a tangy lemon glaze just because YOU CAN”T STOP ME from doing that when there’s lemon in ANYthang. I will glaze it behind your back if you don’t let me. Lemon glaze is the best.

No sir, I’m not dipping the slice of cake that I’m about to eat into the bowl of glaze.

(but I actually am. Shut up.)

Earl Grey Tea, Blueberry and Lemon Cake


Earl Grey Tea, Blueberry and Lemon Cake
1 Earl Grey Tea bag
6 tbsp (80 g) unsalted butter
1/2 cup (105 g) granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup (60 ml) buttermilk or yogurt
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups + 1 tbsp (200 g) all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp poppy seeds (optional)
1 cup (125 g) blueberries
For the Glaze:
1/2 cup (65 g) powdered sugar
lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C)

Soak the tea bag in 1/2 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes whilst you melt the butter in a medium pot and remove from the heat. Beat the sugar and eggs into the butter, followed by the buttermilk and lemon zest. Remove the tea bag from the water, pour the brewed tea into the pot and stir together. Cut open the tea bag and stir the tea leaves into the pot as well. Add the flour, baking powder + soda, salt, poppy seeds (if using) and stir together until just combined. Stir in the blueberries.

Pour the batter into a greased and floured large loaf pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack.

Make the glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar and enough lemon juice to make a thick, pourable mixture (add the lemon juice slowly, stirring between additions). Pour over the warm loaf and leave to cool and set.



  1. says

    I had a go at making this cake the other week and it was amazing! I love the blueberry and lemon combination and you can taste the earl grey just the right amount! Even my non tea-drinking friend liked it!

  2. Bethany says

    This is my first time on your blog, as I found this post on Pinterest. I LOVE Earl Grey and I am so obsessed with anything British. Two questions: How many servings, and you dump the whole bag of tea in the bread battter?


  3. Sven says

    Pretentious shite…literally. You can tell she lives in London immediately. Even the about page with her photo shows pretentious douche bag / wannabe hipster. You make me sick!

  4. Lena says

    Hi Izy,

    I made this cake last weekend and it is totally AMAZING!!! :)
    Blueberry, lemon and Earl Grey tea, the perfect combination!!!
    Your recipes are really inspiring!!!

  5. Elias says

    Hi there!

    Made this for my girlfriend, and she loved it so much she shared it with her dad!

    Needless to say, they both loved it.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Line says

    Sounds & looks lovely! I’m actually part of the Earl Grey team & discovered your website thanks to GoodFood Mag.( April issue)
    One question though: what size are your eggs? I’m currently switching to homeraised chicks’ eggs, so I’m afraid I need to adapt all recipes to my little ones…
    Thanks for your help & for sharing

  7. Marla says

    I’m am so excited to try this cake but I do have one question, when adding everything together, when do you take the pot off the heat? Or is everthing added (including the dry ingredients) over heat?

  8. says

    Hey there, Izy. Beautiful blog! Thoughts on subbing cherries for the blueberries in this cake? Sounds great as is, but there was a deal on cherrie and now there’s a mess of ’em in the fridge. Any suggested adjustments appreciated. Thanks!


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