Earl Grey Tea Cake

This fancy cake starts with a boxed mix--making it the perfect easy dessert recipe to really wow guests.

Earl Grey Tea Cake
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
2 layered cake


  • 4 tablespoon Earl Grey tea leaves

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 pkg. two-layer-size yellow cake mix

  • 3 cup fresh raspberries

  • Powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Stir 2 Tbsp. of the tea leaves into cream. Cover; refrigerate 24 hours.

  2. For tea syrup, in a small saucepan bring 1 cup water to boiling. Add the remaining 2 Tbsp. tea leaves; steep 5 minutes. Strain and return tea to the saucepan. Return mixture to boiling; add granulated sugar, stirring to dissolve. Continue boiling mixture 5 minutes or until slightly thickened and syrupy. Remove saucepan from heat.

  3. Meanwhile, grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spread cake batter in prepared pans. Bake as directed. Cool cake layers in pans 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and place on wire racks. Brush 1 Tbsp. tea syrup over top of each warm cake layer. Cool cakes.

  4. Strain infused cream into a chilled bowl. Add 1 Tbsp. of the remaining tea syrup. Beat with a mixer on medium until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). In a medium bowl toss raspberries with the remaining tea syrup.

  5. To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with half of the whipped cream. Using a slotted spoon, place 2 cups of the raspberries in an even layer over cream. Top berries with a spoonful of cream and second cake layer. Top cake with the remaining whipped cream and raspberries. Refrigerate cake up to 4 hours. If you like, dust with powdered sugar just before serving. Serves 8.


Start infusing the cream the day before you plan to bake for a delicately perfumed filling. We recommend eating this cake within a day for the best texture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
11g Fat
69g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 433mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 12.3mg 62%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 131mg 3%
Folate, total 15.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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