Skip to Content

Earl Grey Frosting

Earl Grey Frosting is a rich buttercream frosting infused with Earl grey tea.  A delightfully unique frosting that adds an extra boost of flavor to cakes.

A bowl of loose leaf Earl grey tea next to a bowl of Earl Grey frosting.

This frosting was inspired by Kerry’s recipe for Chai Buttercream Frosting.  I love tea, and I loved her frosting when I tried it, so I decided I wanted to try a recipe based off of hers, but using Earl grey tea instead.

Is Earl Grey Frosting made with Loose Leaf or a Tea Bag?

I used a tea bag of Earl grey tea, but you can definitely use loose-leaf tea if you’d prefer.  Simply measure 1 Tablespoon of the loose leaf tea into a tea ball and steep it in the half & half in the recipe.

Earl grey frosting heaped in a creamy bowl in the background. Loose leaf tea in another creamy bowl in the foreground.

What Flavors Pair Well with Earl Grey Frosting?

Earl grey is a black tea with bergamot oil.  Bergamot is a citrus fruit, and has a very distinct flavor. We paired this frosting with our delicious raspberry cake.  The result was phenomenal. 

My opinion is that Earl grey frosting would also pair well with lemon or orange cake, a white cake, or even a cake with herbs in it.  I also found some recipes that have both Earl grey and chocolate, so that might be another fun option.

Overhead shot of 2 bowls, one filled with Earl grey frosting, and the other with loose leaf tea.

Earl Grey Buttercream Frosting

Earl Grey Buttercream Frosting

A flavorful buttercream frosting with the addition of Earl Grey. This frosting will be your new favorite!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • 1-2 Earl grey tea bags**
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


    1. Heat half & half in a microwave safe mug for 30 seconds - 1 minutes. It will boil, so use a deep mug and watch it closely.
    2. Place tea bag in half & half to steep, and set aside.
    3. Cream butter in a stand mixer or a large bowl using a hand mixer.
    4. Slowly add powdered sugar mixture to butter. Scrape sides as needed.
    5. Remove tea bag from half & half, and squeeze as much of the liquid out of the tea bag into the half & half.
    6. Add half & half to butter & powdered sugar mixture. Add vanilla. Stir to combine.
    7. If buttercream is too thin, add more powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.


When steeping the tea bag in the half & half, you may notice some curdling. This is normal, and will not be noticeable in the finished frosting.

**For a mild-flavored cake, 1 tea bag will do. For a more intensely flavored cake (such as the Raspberry Cake), you'll want to use 2 tea bags.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Linking up to Weekend Potluck.

Meet Jamie

Why not join us on Pinterest: Coffee With Us 3  or hangout with us on Facebook:  


Subscribe to our Newsletter


Don’t forget to pin!

Skip to Recipe