Jardin de Fleurs Tea Cake with Honey Buttercream

Jardin de Fleurs Tea Cake with Honey Buttercream

I am a compulsive tea drinker. Every morning, I need my strongly brewed mug of black tea mixed with a splash of milk and honey. This addiction goes hand in hand with my favourite shopping addiction… purchasing unique blends of tea. Be it white, green, ayurvedic or black, name the flavour… I have it! My tea cupboard is overflowing with blends!

This cake creation is a reincarnation of my favourite morning brew. The cake is made by steeping loose leaf tea leaves into simmering milk and allowing it to infuse before being strained and added to the cake batter.

Jardin de Fleurs Tea Cake with Honey ButtercreamJardin de Fleurs Tea Cake with Honey Buttercream

In this cake a Jardin de Fleurs tea blend was used, which is similar to an Earl Grey blend… but the cake can also be made with any loose-leaf black tea on hand. The tea infused milk is then added to the batter which takes on an incredible bold and fragrant flavour with an intense dark colour.

Once baked, the cake is then complimented by a honey buttercream that truly goes perfect with the floral tea flavour. The cake is then assembled…the result being three soft, moist and dense tea infused cake layers nestled amongst thick layers of sweet honey buttercream. This cake is like a slice of heaven.

Jardin de Fleurs Tea Cake with Honey ButtercreamJardin de Fleurs Tea Cake with Honey Buttercream

This Jardin de Fleurs infused tea cake is how I like to enjoy my tea and truly gives my morning brew a new lease on life. Whether you are a tea or coffee drinker… I know you will love this cake just as much as I do. 

Jardin de Fleurs Tea Cake with Honey Buttercream
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For the Cake
  1. 1 cup whole milk
  2. 3 tablespoons of black tea (I used Jardin de Fleurs blend)
  3. 1/4 butter, softened
  4. 1 cup caster sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  8. 1 3/4 cake flour (see notes below for recipe)
  9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  11. pinch of salt
For the Honey Buttercream
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 4 tablespoons of honey
  3. 2 cups of icing sugar
  4. pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Grease and line three mini springform cake moulds, set aside.
  2. Over a low heat, warm the milk to a simmer and stir in the tea leaves. Bring back to a simmer and then turn off and set aside to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light in colour and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and combine. Beat in the oil and vanilla extract. Gradually incorporate the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate soda and salt into the mixture. At this point, strain the tea leaves out of the milk. Stir in the milk, mixing until well combined.
  4. Transfer batter to prepared moulds, filling half way and bake for 25 to 40 minutes, or until risen, golden and a toothpick when inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven, allow to cool before assembly.
For the Honey Buttercream
  1. Combine butter and honey until smooth. With electric beaters add the icing sugar half a cup at a time. Add the salt and combine until icing becomes smooth, thick and leaves a track. (If the frosting is too thick add a dash of milk or alternatively if it's too runny add a tablespoon of icing sugar at a time).
For Assembly
  1. Trim cake layers flat. On serving plate placing a teaspoon of frosting on the base. Place a cake layer ontop the frosting (this prevents the cake from slipping). Spread or pin a layer ontop the cake. Repeat process with next two layers. Cover cake with remaining Honey Buttercream.
Notes
  1. Cake flour is the secret to soft, moist and fluffy cakes!
For the cake flour (makes 2 cups)
  1. 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour combined with 1/4 cup of corn flour.
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Jardin de Fleurs Tea Cake with Honey ButtercreamJardin de Fleurs Tea Cake with Honey Buttercream

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  • Reply christine October 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    i made this a few days ago for my friends and they loved it! thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Loriel @ naturally loriel September 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Basically… you had me at cake and honey buttercream.

  • Reply Emma September 15, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I’m another tea lover! It’s great to see so many people enjoying a brew.

    Your cake caught my eye! Such lovely flavours and so pretty and tall looking.

  • Reply Maryanne @ the little epicurean September 12, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Love it! I’m addicted to coffee and tea equally, but I absolutely LOVE tea infused desserts. I have to try your honey buttercream. Looks tasty!

  • Reply Nicole @ mypurplespoon.com September 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I love the elegance of your blog! My little girl loves to have tea parties, and if I had a real tea cake to go with her tea party – I would get best mom of the year award…so I am going to have to try this with an herbal tea :). Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Maggie September 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    The cake looks amazing! I love black tea with milk too and the tea flavor cake is definitely a keeper! What a nice fluffy texture 🙂

  • Reply Tash September 10, 2014 at 7:23 am

    ~ Compulsive tea drinker and proud.
    This cake is b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l!!!

  • Reply Deborah September 10, 2014 at 2:27 am

    This cake is just gorgeous!! I’m not much of a tea drinker, but I could definitely become a tea cake eater! 🙂

  • Reply Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) September 9, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Wow! This looks incredible! Love the idea of steeping the tea in the milk- genius! This cake would be the perfect afternoon snack with tea!

  • Reply Mandi September 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    This is really beautiful and has given me some ideas for some other tea flavoured baked goods…

  • Reply Werona @cookiesorbiscuits September 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Oh that looks delicious! I just bought some French Earl Grey – a gorgeous blend of earl grey with fruits and petals. I think it would be perfect for this recipe.

  • Reply kristie @ birchandwild.com September 7, 2014 at 3:24 am

    I am a tea fanatic, and love to make my own blends. This tea cake is divine and I can’t wait to make it 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Sarah @ SnixyKitchen September 7, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Oh gosh! My friend just made black tea popsicles and I thought “popsicles for breakfast – I’m in” and then you just one-upped with black tea CAKE. Since it has my morning brew in it, I can totally eat it for breakfast, right??

  • Reply sippity Sup September 6, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    This takes the term “tea cake” to new heights (literally). GREG

  • Reply Krissy Allori September 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Oh my. This looks AMAZING! Beautiful site too!

  • Reply Michelle September 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    This cake is beautiful and I love the flavors- honey and tea.

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen September 6, 2014 at 5:34 am

    *Gasp!* Those cakes look so beautiful – so tall and fluffy and just perfect!

  • Reply Donna September 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    What a perfect way to finish this cute tea cake, but with a nice cup of tea.

  • Reply Millie | Add a little September 5, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Looks fantastic Thalia!! Love the sounds of tea and honey mmm

  • Reply Jean | Lemons & Anchovies September 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Sounds like my tea drawer might just look like your tea cupboard. As I sit here sipping my second cup of black tea, I dream of this beautiful cake. I’ve made tea-infused madeleines before but not cake. Love this!

  • Reply MEGHAN @ spoonful of flour September 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    What a beautiful cake…that honey buttercream sounds to die for!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou September 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    What an elegant and original cake, and the pictures are gorgeous!

  • Reply Faith (An Edible Mosaic) September 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    This cake is lovely! I love the infusion of tea here – makes it so unique!

  • Reply marla September 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    The flavors in this cake are gorgeous!!

  • Reply judy @ I'm Bored, Let's Go September 5, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Love the idea of infusing the milk with tea! Looks beautiful and I’m sure it’s just as delicious!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean September 5, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Hi Thalia! Wow! Honey buttercream with an Earl Grey (my favorite) tea infused cake? Elegant, tempting, and beautiful! Thank you for sharing your recipe and beautiful photos.

  • Reply Nicole @ foodie loves fitness September 5, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Wow, such a beautiful cake! And honey buttercream sounds so yummy to me 🙂

  • Reply Lindsey @ AMerican Heritage Cookin September 5, 2014 at 3:15 am

    That is one towering cake! I am a coffee drinker by upbringing but you make me want to start drinking AND eating my tea! delicious!

  • Reply kathleen @ Brownie and Bites September 4, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Hi, I came across your blog very randomly. Your blog is fantastic and I’m loving your tea cake.

  • Reply Cheryl September 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Mmmmm, this sounds and looks so perfectly delicate and elegant yet satisfying from the tea. I LOVE a tea infusion and think I’m going to have to make this shortly!

  • Reply Liz September 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I’m a compulsive tea drinker, too! And now I need a taste of your tea cake with the incredible honey buttercream. It looks marvelous!

  • Reply Daniela September 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Mh, it looks so rich and creamy, totally irresistible.

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali September 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    my dad will love this, he is a TEA addict! the cake looks gorgeous!

  • Reply Regina @ Leelalicious September 4, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Mmm…I can almost taste this delicious cake. I made an Earl Grey Cake Loaf before with a honey lemon glaze. That honey buttercream sounds heavenly!

  • Reply Sarah & Arkadi September 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    wow! we could only imagine the smell and flavor! looks fantastic!

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita September 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This cake is a stunner!! Love the infused tea flavor, and that honey buttercream sounds amazing.

  • Reply Heather September 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Beautiful cake! I have never made a cake with tea before but I bet the flavor would be amazing!

  • Reply Louisa [Living Lou] September 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Wow this is gorgeous! I can imagine any tea-lover falling head over heels for this cake. I’m more of a coffee girl than tea, but I do love a nice iced tea in the summer.

  • Reply Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen September 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I am happy to know that I am not the only one suffering from tea addiction 🙂 What a wonderful idea to add tea and honey to cake! It looks delicious!

  • Reply Chichi September 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I drink copious amounts of tea and honey and this cake is fab. Love the addition of honey in the buttercream

  • Reply Emily September 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I love the simplicity and elegance of this cake. What a fantastic idea to pair a honeyed frosting with a tea cake!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I really love tea infused desserts. This cake would be top of the list for me.

  • Reply Emily September 4, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Oh Thalia, this cake looks wonderful! I have been wanting to bake Earl Grey cupcakes and I think honey is a nice touch. I can get carried away in tea shops too, somehow you have the rush wanting to buy more than you need especially after tasting the sample.

  • Reply Juliana September 4, 2014 at 5:12 am

    This is such a pretty and elegant cake, I like the idea of the black tea in it…gorgeous photos Thalia.
    Hope you are enjoying your week 😀

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com September 4, 2014 at 4:51 am

    This sounds so good! I am just getting into tea drinking now and have so much to learn–I’m excited to start adding it to baked goods as well!

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron September 4, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I love everything about this cake: the flavors, and the height! Looks delicious, and your photos are stunning!

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter September 4, 2014 at 4:46 am

    This is such a lovely and elegant cake! Infusing it with tea is such a tasty idea! That honey buttercream is totally calling my name – <3 this!

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode September 4, 2014 at 4:38 am

    I love the look and feel of this cake – how pronounced is the tea flavor?

    Also, what are the diameters of your pans? I want to get some of my own!

    • Reply thalia September 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

      The tea flavour is strong but it does taste better stronger than weaker… it can be altered down by using less leaves and letting it infuse for a shorter period. My mini springform pans are 12cm x

  • Reply Karen-2Teaspoons September 4, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Wow! This tea cake sounds absolutely delicious! I bet the honey buttercream works perfectly. Also, the photos are beautiful…great job getting that tall slice to stand up 🙂

  • Reply Kelly - A Side of Sweet September 4, 2014 at 2:06 am

    This looks absolutely divine! I love tea and am always looking for ways to feature it in desserts! Pinned!

  • Reply Judit + Corina @ Glamorous Bite September 4, 2014 at 1:19 am

    What an utterly delicious creation, Thalia! Love your idea to infuse the cake with tea.

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice September 4, 2014 at 12:15 am

    What a creative recipe, Thalia! I love your pictures! And I had no idea that you could infuse tea into a cake. I’m so intrigued and dying to try this! Looks delish!

  • Reply Tia @ Tia's Kitchen September 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Wow! That sounds wonderful. Like so many others, I am a tea drinker. I have a woman at my local farmers’ market that grows all her own. I can think of so many of her flavors that I can make amazing cake with. Or muffins. Thanks for the idea.

  • Reply Lokness @ The Missing Lokness September 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Amazing idea to add tea into the cake batter. And that honey buttercream. Simply delicious!

  • Reply Immaculate September 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    What a lovely looking cake! I love tea but I’ve never baked with them before! Hmmm.. This would be great with my cup of tea.

  • Reply Leah / Freutcake September 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Yum! I love honey on just about everything and this cake sounds sweet and delicious. Can’t wait to try that honey buttercream.

  • Reply Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. September 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Infusing the milk for the cake with tea leaves?! What a neat idea, I don’t even like tea and this sounds good!

  • Reply Jill September 3, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    That honey buttercream is so perfect to use with a blend called jardin de fleurs!

  • Reply Julia September 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I love the tea inspired cake idea! I made some similar tea-inspired cookies recently and they were such a hit. This sounds perfect!

  • Reply Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables September 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Lovely! I used to make an earl grey and citrus cake quite a bit, you’ve inspired me to dig out the recipe and find an occasion to bring it back.

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment September 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I absolutely adore tea in desserts, and this cake is just perfect with the honey buttercream. Love!

  • Reply Angie (@angiesrecipess) September 3, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    This is a stunner! Tea in cake..just perfect.

  • Reply Paula @ Paula's Plate September 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I certainly understand your love of tea, and I LOVE that you incorporated it in this stunning cake! YUM, it looks incredible 🙂

  • Reply Kathy @ olives & garlic September 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I love tea as well. I drink it all through the day. What a fabulous idea to infuse tea into cake, I bet its amazing.

  • Reply Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers September 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I love everything about this cake! So beautiful and the flavours must be beautiful together.

  • Reply David @ Spiced September 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Wow…this cake sounds amazing! The tea cake sounds delicious…but that honey buttercream takes it to a whole new level. Thanks for sharing, Thalia!

  • Reply Nagi {REcipetin eats} September 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

    this is WAY beyond my baking capabilities so I’m just going to admire your work of art :). This is truly stunning. I am always in awe of people that can make gorgeous creations like this.

  • Reply Elisa @ Green Road to Bliss September 3, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I used to dislike honey, but I changed idea when I tasted some honey from local beekeepers! I definitely have to make this cake to my little sister who is a honey devourer!

  • Reply Nicola Miller Editor of Mumsnet Suffolk & Norfolk September 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I adore honey and can envision all kinds of variations on a theme according to the type of honey- a chestnut note with chestnut honey (maybe some more autumnal flavours?), lavender honey for summer…..

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways September 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I instantly poured tea into my cup seeing this cake. Another good match!!!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  • Reply Padaek September 3, 2014 at 7:51 am

    What a delicious looking cake! I enjoy tea too, including Earl Grey so I’m pretty certain I’ll love a slice of this. Yum and great recipe. Thank you. 🙂

  • Reply Jessica @ Sweet Menu September 3, 2014 at 4:29 am

    What a beautiful cake! I just love the thought of honey buttercream, I will have to try!

  • Reply shelley @ Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} September 3, 2014 at 1:51 am

    omgosh this cake is beautiful! I am super obsessed with tea too so this sounds amazing!

  • Reply Krystle(Baking Beauty) September 3, 2014 at 1:46 am

    The buttercream looks to die for! Your cake turned out so beautifully too!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen September 3, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Ahhhhh! I love the tea in this cake! I’ve used tea (Chai) once in muffins, and they were absolutely fabulous. I love the look of it too – I’d love to have a slice of this right now.! 🙂

  • Reply Kayley | The Kitchen McCabe September 3, 2014 at 12:16 am

    This combination sounds just gorgeous! I love the tea flavors with the honey buttercream, it’s all just so elegant!

  • Reply Cate @ Chezcateylou September 3, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I am a tea drinker too – I can’t start the day without it! So I love this idea of baking a cake with tea! This is so pretty and sounds delicious!

  • Reply Ahu @ ahueats September 3, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Holy moly – this is amazing!!! I adore tea in baked goods – and the idea of a honey buttercream is blowing my mind. I’m trying this – stat!

  • Reply Meinhilde September 2, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Beautiful! I am a tea drinker, and apart from Japanese green tea, I normally drink black teas to which I can add milk and honey.

  • Reply Danielle September 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I love the idea of infusing the tea into the cake! The honey buttercream sounds to die for too.

    • Reply thalia September 2, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      It is to die for Danielle! Honey and butter is an incredible flavour combination..

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 2, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Such a gorgeous cake! Loving that buttercream!

  • Reply ellie | fit for the soul September 2, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Oh duuuuude(ette), this sounds phenomenal! I love its simplicity in taste (at least the way it’s described) and it looks like you had fun making it 😀

    • Reply thalia September 2, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks Ellie, layer cakes are always fun to make.

  • Reply Adri September 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Your site is so beautiful, and this cake is a complete knockout. What beautiful work, and I bet it is delicious!

    • Reply thalia September 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Adri x

  • Reply Jacklyn September 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I’m also a compulsive tea drinker and have quite a collection of herbal teas. This is such an adorable cake, too! Covered in honey buttercream? I need it in my life.

  • Reply Amanda Paa September 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    totally gorgeous, totally delicious i’m sure. steeping tea leaves in the milk, brilliant!

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