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.
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.
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.
- 1/4 cup half & half
- 1-2 Earl grey tea bags**
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 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.
- Place tea bag in half & half to steep, and set aside.
- Cream butter in a stand mixer or a large bowl using a hand mixer.
- Slowly add powdered sugar mixture to butter. Scrape sides as needed.
- Remove tea bag from half & half, and squeeze as much of the liquid out of the tea bag into the half & half.
- Add half & half to butter & powdered sugar mixture. Add vanilla. Stir to combine.
- 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.
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