Happy Birthday Prime Minister Earl Grey – Earl Grey Bundt
To celebrate the birth of Charles Grey, Prime Minister, on this day in 1764 and the man who cemented the relationship between the British and their tea I have made an Earl Grey Bundt cake. He is of course the man who the tea Earl Grey tea is named after. Charles Grey as Prime Minister over saw a lot of political reform and is mostly know for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1833. The other side of his life is linked as the lover of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire as seen in the film The Duchess with Dominic Cooper and Keira Knightley.
I used the Nordic Ware vaulted dome bundt tin I ordered from America. It should be available in the UK soon. It is a lovely tin and makes very tall slices. I love Nordic Ware bundt tins they are strong and have a good coating of nonstick but I’d still recommend greasing the tin when making cakes.
This cake is a lovely. It has a subtle Earl Grey taste and of course works very well with a cup of Earl Grey tea.
- 220g butter
- 450g white caster sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 350g plain flour
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- tiny pinch of salt
- 350g plain yoghurt
- The dried tea from 4 earl grey tea bags
- Preheat the oven to gas 150 (fan)
- Grease the tin well. I use melted butter and paint it on with a pastry brush and when that has cooled a dusting of flour which helps to find any places on the tin I’ve missed to grease.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time and watch it get lighter.
- In a separate bowl measure out and sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
- Add the yoghurt to the butter/egg mix.
- Sift in the flour, bicarb and tea and mix slowly until all the flour has disappeared.
- Add the mixture to the tin and bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. When the cake pulls away from the edge of the tin the cake is ready.
- Allow the cake to cool in the tin before turning out.
Happy Baking x