Treat yourself to the exquisite combination of rich chocolate and aromatic Earl Gray with our delicious Chocolate and Earl Gray cake. This delicious dessert is sure to leave a lasting impression, whether you make it in advance and freeze it for convenience or make it from scratch in just an hour. With its irresistibly smooth taste, this cake is a real treat for all chocolate lovers, making it the perfect treat for any occasion. Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with this effortless yet impressive dessert!
- Leaves from 2 Earl Gray tea bags
- 100 ml hot milk
- 250g good dark chocolate (we used a 78% bar)
- 200 g butter, diced
- 140g ground almonds
- 6 eggs, separated
- 200g powdered sugar
- Cocoa, powdered sugar and crème fraîche or cream for serving
Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
Grease the bottom and sides of a deep, 22cm loose-bottomed baking tin and line with baking paper so that the paper extends about 2.5cm over the sides.
Stir the Earl Gray tea into the hot milk.
Melt the chocolate, butter and a pinch of salt in a bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water.
Stir in the ground almonds, then add the egg yolk and the milk tea and leaves.
Beat the egg white until stiff, then stir in the powdered sugar until stiff again.
Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and scrape into the mold.
Bake for 30-35 minutes – it should still wobble slightly. Then let it cool completely in the mold.
Carefully remove from the mold and place on a serving plate.
Dust all over with cocoa and powdered sugar and then serve in slices with crème fraîche or cream.
Equipment and tools
To prepare the chocolate Earl Gray cake you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- baking tray
- parchment paper
The Chocolate & Earl Gray cake contains the following allergens:
Storage and leftovers
Once the Chocolate Earl Gray Cake is baked and cooled, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can store it in the fridge for up to a week. Leftover slices can be individually wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.
Health Benefits of Chocolate and Earl Gray Cake
Treating yourself to a slice of chocolate Earl Gray cake can be a guilt-free treat as it offers several health benefits. This delicious dessert combines the rich flavors of dark chocolate and the aromatic infusion of Earl Gray tea, creating a delicious treat that not only satisfies the taste buds but also nourishes the body.
1. Rich in antioxidants
Dark chocolate, the main ingredient in this cake, is full of antioxidants. These powerful compounds help protect the body from free radicals, which can contribute to aging and various diseases. The high cocoa content in good dark chocolate ensures a high level of antioxidants, making this cake a great source of these beneficial compounds.
2. Boosts brain function
The combination of dark chocolate and Earl Gray tea can improve brain function. Dark chocolate contains stimulants such as caffeine and theobromine, which can increase concentration and cognitive performance. Earl Gray tea contains natural flavonoids, which have been linked to a reduced risk of cognitive decline and improved memory and alertness.
3. Provides essential nutrients
This cake contains ground almonds which are a rich source of essential nutrients. Almonds are known for their high content of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and helps protect cells from damage. They also provide healthy fats, protein, fiber and important minerals such as magnesium and potassium.
4. Supports heart health
Both dark chocolate and Earl Gray tea have heart-healthy properties. Dark chocolate has been shown to improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Earl Gray tea contains flavonoids and antioxidants that promote healthy blood vessels and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.
5. Mood-boosting properties
Enjoying a piece of chocolate Earl Gray cake can have a mood-boosting effect. Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, also called “feel-good hormones,” which can help improve mood and reduce stress. The complex and aromatic aromas of Earl Gray tea can also have a calming and soothing effect.
With its combination of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, aromatic Earl Gray tea and nutrient-rich ground almonds, Chocolate & Earl Gray cake can be considered a guilt-free treat that offers various health benefits. So treat yourself to a slice of this delicious dessert knowing you’re nourishing your body while satisfying your sweet tooth.