Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

elebrate any occasion with this Earl Grey Cake for two. Especially when it's covered in light and airy vanilla bean buttercream and filled with zesty lemon curd!

Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

INGREDIENTS:
For Earl Grey Cake:
  1. 1 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  2. 1/2 cup Cake Flour
  3. 1 tsp Baking Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp Salt
  5. 3/4 cup Milk, heated to steaming
  6. 2 Earl Grey Tea Bags
  7. 2 tsp Vanilla
  8. 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  9. 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  10. 2 Eggs

Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  1. 1 1/2 cups Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  2. 3 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
  3. 1 tsp Vanilla Extra
  4. 1/2 Vanilla Bean, scraped of seeds
  5. Pinch of Salt

Filling
  1. 1/2 cup Lemon Curd (jarred, can be found in jam aisle)

DIRECTIONS:
For Cake:
  • Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a six inch cake pan, and line with parchment paper. In mixing bowl, slowly together flour and cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a cup steep the heated milk with the earl grey tea bags to infuse the flavors. When steeped, discard the tea bags.  To the steeped milk, add in the vanilla extract.
  • In the bowl of the stand mixer, beat to combine the sugar and butter. Beat until light and fluffy, about one minute. If the butter is cool, this will take longer. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well.
  • Add in the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk, mixing at a low speed.  Scrape the bowl and mix until everything is just combined.
  • Let the batter rest for about 15 minutes prior to putting into the cake pans.
  • Fill the cake pan 2/3 of the way. Level with an offset spatula. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Check at 25 minutes.
  • Let the cake rest in the pan for 5 minutes, before removing from pan and letting cool on wire rack.
  • Prepare second layer and bake remaining cake.
For Vanilla Bean Buttercream:
  • In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy, and slapping the sides of the mixer.
  • Add one cup of sugar at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. When all the sugar is added in, be sure to add in the vanilla and salt.
  • Beat the frosting on medium high for about five minutes until light and fluffy. The frosting will increase in volume and become airy.
  • Use on cake when the cake cools completely.